Berlin Philharmonic heads off on major Asian tour
1 November 2005, BERLIN - The Berliner Philharmonic orchestra, headed by British conductor Simon Rattle, was due to leave the German capital Wednesday on a major three-week Asian performing tour.
1 November 2005
BERLIN - The Berliner Philharmonic orchestra, headed by British conductor Simon Rattle, was due to leave the German capital Wednesday on a major three-week Asian performing tour.
The orchestra is to stage two concerts apiece in Beijing, Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Tokyo.
Officials said Rattle would be directing it in performances of Ludwig van Beethoven's Third Symphony, the symphonic poem "Ein Heldenleben" by Richard Strauss, "Asyla" by Thomas Ades and works by Joseph Haydn, Hector Berlioz and Maurice Ravel.
The visit will be the Philharmonic's second to the Chinese capital. Under its late, world-famed director Herbert von Karajan, it performed there in 1979. This year's two concerts mark the finale of the Beijing Music Festival.
The concerts in Tokyo are a part of the "Germany in Japan" year in which treasures of German culture are on show.
The performance in Taiwan will be the first ever there by the Philharmonic.
Rattle said Tuesday he hoped the musical programme would show off the full range of the Berlin orchestra's performing talent.
A feature film about the tour is being planned. The film team accompanying the musicians belongs to the German production company that earlier made the notable movie "Rhythm Is It!" about Rattle's outreach efforts to bring music to deprived children.
Subject: German news