posted on Sunday, March 18, 2012

Berliner Philarmoniker

Few days spent in Berlin where the weather got to a balmy 23 degrees, not bad for a mid march day. After quite a few years of classical music starvation I had some catching up to do. After seeing Bach Johannes Passion at Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and a great performance from Noboyuki Tsujii a blind japanese piano virtuoso the last day was definitely the highlight of them all. For the first time in my life I experienced all the grandeur of one of the world most renowned orchestras, the Berliner Philarmoniker, for three evenings conducted by Zubin Mehta. The futuristic Philarmonie theatre is grand too so ugly from the outside as imposing and functional on the inside with great acoustics and stands surrounding the whole orchestra. On this occasion it was composed by well over 100 artists playing Bruckner 8th symphonie a composer and work I don't remember hearing before. The start was intersting... Zubin Mehta walks on stage to join the orchestra on applause and cheers. He is about to lift his stick to start when a loud tenor voice coming from the stands shouts 'wait a moment please! This imposing man, obviously late for the concert and struggling to reach his seat surely had the guts..! Mehta like a real pro, was unphased and lowering his arms waited few minutes before opening the evening. The end was one of the longest standing ovations I ever witnessed with the conductor coming back on stage six times. Quite an experience.