Berliner Philharmoniker returns to Beijing

NCPA November/23/2018
On the evening of November 22nd, the Berliner Philharmoniker returned to the NCPA. The orchestra performed Bernstein’s Divertimento and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 under maestro Gustavo Dudamel’s baton. The concert was also live-streamed at the NCPA Press Room and Arts Library.

The orchestra performed Bernstein’s Divertimento and Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 under maestro Gustavo Dudamel’s baton

In November 2011, the orchestra made its debut at the NCPA under the leadership of music director Sir Simon Rattle, and impressed the Chinese audience deeply with its profound artistic expression and virtuoso performance. Seven years later, the Berliner Philharmoniker once again made the Chinese audience’s blood boil in symphonic music on a winter’s day, more specifically the “Light Snow” Day.

This was the second time the the orchestra performed at the NCPA.

The first half of the concert began with Bernstein’s Divertimento. This work was composed by Bernstein in order for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Boston Symphony. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Bernstein, so the work was performed to pay tribute to this great composer and to imply that the art of music would be handed down from generation to generation. The Berliner Philharmoniker’s performance of this work indicated its familiarization with many music styles, such as the South American samba, the mazurka derived from Polish folk music, and the American ragtime, which were performed so vividly in rhythm by the musicians.

Dudamel showed the Chinese audience his profound understanding of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5.

In the second half, Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 was performed. Dudamel showed the Chinese audience his profound understanding of the work. The whole piece was performed perfectly, sounding unrivaled in performing skills and tone colour.

The concert was live-streamed at the NCPA Press Room and Arts Library.

To reach out more audience, the sold-out concert was live-streamed at the NCPA Press Room and Arts Library. Before the concert kicked off on November 22nd, the NCPA invited media critic BAI Yansong, conductor ZHANG Yi and music critic XU Luyang for concert previews.

To maximize musical effects, the NCPA made great efforts in its signal transmission and sound processing for live broadcasting, e.g., adopted the DSD256 digital technique, currently the world’s most advanced technology, for live recording, and broadcast the concert live in surround mode in the Press Room. This was the first time for a Chinese arts centre to do so.

Reportedly, the concert on the 23rd will still be also be live streamed, with Taihu Stage Art Centre as an additional venue for the event. Moreover, seats will be reserved for students in the Press Room.

Photos by WANG Xiaojing
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