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By W. Andrew Powell and W. Andrew Powell,Contributing Writer | October 23, 1993
The Washington Performing Arts Society has scored something of a coup this year by bringing both of Europe's star orchestras to the Kennedy Center.The Vienna Philharmonic, here last February, is never absent long, but the Berlin Philharmonic's Wednesday concert was its first in Washington in 17 years.The Berliners are in America until the end of the month to show off their new music director Claudio Abbado. He is here to show his Mahler.The tour-opening program, Mahler's Symphony No. 5 and "Kindertotenlieder," called for a top-to-bottom virtuosity that is seldom available and not often delivered.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 2, 2007
The music season heated up some more over the weekend, with the help of interesting, effectively delivered repertoire. After an early-September, nonsubscription event featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Shriver Hall Concert Series opened its annual classical series Sunday evening at the Johns Hopkins University with the superb Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. The program provided an immersion course in French music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 18, 1999
The complaint that nothing is as good as it used to be doesn't hold water when it comes to the Berlin Philharmonic. The German orchestra, which performed Saturday at the Kennedy Center in the Washington Performing Arts Series, is not merely as good, it's even better than it used to be.First, let's dispense with the myth that Claudio Abbado, who conducted the program of Beethoven, Dvorak and Wolfgang Rihm and who completes his tenure as the orchestra's music...
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By EILEEN SOSKIN and EILEEN SOSKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 24, 2006
We usually hear concerts of music by very famous composers, individuals who are universally recognized as musical geniuses. At 8 p.m. tomorrow in Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, Candlelight Concerts will present the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet in a performance of four pieces, three of which are by composers probably unknown to you. The list of musical titans includes Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, although the list...
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August 17, 1996
Sergiu Celibidache, 84, a Romanian composer and former director of the Munich Philharmonic, died Wednesday in Paris. He wrote four symphonies, a piano concerto and several suites.He had directed the Munich Philharmonic since 1979. Under his tutelage, it gained international fame, touring Japan, the United States and Eastern Europe. Few recordings of his early work exist because he opposed recorded music.He left Romania in 1936 to study music and composition in Berlin. In 1945, he was appointed the first conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,Sun Music Critic | July 16, 1995
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 8, Claudio Abbado conducting the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, soloists Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair, Andrea Rost, Anne Sofie von Otter, Rosemarie Lang, Peter Seiffert, Bryn Terfel, Jan-Hendrik Rootering and the choruses of Radio Berlin, the Prague Philharmonic and the Tolzer Boys Choir (Deutsche Grammophon 445 843-2)Claudio Abbado made his reputation as a Mahler conductor several years ago in a superb cycle for this label of the nine symphonies with the orchestras of London, Chicago and Vienna.
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By EILEEN SOSKIN and EILEEN SOSKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 27, 2006
Founded in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the premier orchestras in the world today, renowned for the passion and precision of its music making. Tomorrow night, the Candlelight Concert Society presents the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, a string quartet that includes the concertmaster, principal second violin, principal violist and principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. The Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, which was founded in 1984, performs a program featuring string quartets by three diverse composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich.
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June 26, 1999
Musical chairsFORTUNATELY, the eminent Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov signed on as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through the 2002-2003 season. That makes Baltimore a winner in the great conductor shuffle going on.Seiji Ozawa, the 63-year-old who has been music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 26 years, is quitting as of August 2002 to become music director of the Vienna State Opera.The nimble Japanese conductor who dances on the podium with pixie charm will be missed by many who believe he burnished that orchestra into the nation's greatest.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 21, 2002
Berlin Rattled Mahler: Symphony No. 5. Berlin Philharmonic; Simon Rattle, conductor. (EMI Classics 7243 5 57385) * * * * To mark the official start of his tenure as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic in September, Simon Rattle sent out a very clear signal. The program contained a bracing work by a fellow Brit, Thomas Ades, who is out on the forefront of contemporary composers, and a symphony by Mahler, who was a specialty of the Berliners' two previous conductors, Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1995
A couple of Baltimore alumni turn up in separate shows tonight -- one of them reporting a story on CBS' "Eye To Eye" and the other singing in a cable concert from Berlin.* "The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Gladys Knight, Tyra Banks and Brian McKnight are co-hosts of the awards special, which was taped earlier this month in Santa Monica, Calif. Among those getting special honors will be Debbie Allen, who is receiving the Lena Horne Award for outstanding career achievements, and the rap group Salt 'N' Pepa will receive the award as Entertainer of the Year.
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By EILEEN SOSKIN and EILEEN SOSKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 27, 2006
Founded in 1882, the Berlin Philharmonic is one of the premier orchestras in the world today, renowned for the passion and precision of its music making. Tomorrow night, the Candlelight Concert Society presents the Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, a string quartet that includes the concertmaster, principal second violin, principal violist and principal cellist of the Berlin Philharmonic. The Philharmonia Quartett Berlin, which was founded in 1984, performs a program featuring string quartets by three diverse composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Benjamin Britten and Dmitri Shostakovich.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | November 21, 2002
Berlin Rattled Mahler: Symphony No. 5. Berlin Philharmonic; Simon Rattle, conductor. (EMI Classics 7243 5 57385) * * * * To mark the official start of his tenure as music director of the Berlin Philharmonic in September, Simon Rattle sent out a very clear signal. The program contained a bracing work by a fellow Brit, Thomas Ades, who is out on the forefront of contemporary composers, and a symphony by Mahler, who was a specialty of the Berliners' two previous conductors, Herbert von Karajan and Claudio Abbado.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 5, 2001
BERLIN - The shout of "Wunderbar!" coming from the balcony of the Berlin Philharmonie after the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's encore last night said it all. There was, indeed, something wonderful about the concert. The musicians can head on to Vienna today for an equally high-profile appearance feeling confident, even proud. They played the heck out of Beethoven in Berlin. Backstage afterward, music director Yuri Temirkanov looked more pleased than he has at any time during the tour.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 12, 2000
"I know that a single performance of a great masterpiece was a stronger and more vital negation of the spirit of Buchenwald and Auschwitz than words," the character of conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler says in Ronald Harwood's 1995 play "Taking Sides." "Human beings are free wherever Wagner and Beethoven are played. Music transported them to regions where torturers and murderers could do them no harm." Depending on your personal view of history and music, those words will either persuade you with their eloquence, or offend you with their self-justifying logic.
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By Stephen Wigler and Stephen Wigler,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 18, 1999
The complaint that nothing is as good as it used to be doesn't hold water when it comes to the Berlin Philharmonic. The German orchestra, which performed Saturday at the Kennedy Center in the Washington Performing Arts Series, is not merely as good, it's even better than it used to be.First, let's dispense with the myth that Claudio Abbado, who conducted the program of Beethoven, Dvorak and Wolfgang Rihm and who completes his tenure as the orchestra's music...
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June 26, 1999
Musical chairsFORTUNATELY, the eminent Russian conductor Yuri Temirkanov signed on as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra through the 2002-2003 season. That makes Baltimore a winner in the great conductor shuffle going on.Seiji Ozawa, the 63-year-old who has been music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for 26 years, is quitting as of August 2002 to become music director of the Vienna State Opera.The nimble Japanese conductor who dances on the podium with pixie charm will be missed by many who believe he burnished that orchestra into the nation's greatest.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | December 5, 2001
BERLIN - The shout of "Wunderbar!" coming from the balcony of the Berlin Philharmonie after the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's encore last night said it all. There was, indeed, something wonderful about the concert. The musicians can head on to Vienna today for an equally high-profile appearance feeling confident, even proud. They played the heck out of Beethoven in Berlin. Backstage afterward, music director Yuri Temirkanov looked more pleased than he has at any time during the tour.
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By Tim Smith and Tim Smith,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | October 2, 2007
The music season heated up some more over the weekend, with the help of interesting, effectively delivered repertoire. After an early-September, nonsubscription event featuring Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, the Shriver Hall Concert Series opened its annual classical series Sunday evening at the Johns Hopkins University with the superb Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. The program provided an immersion course in French music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn.
NEWS
August 17, 1996
Sergiu Celibidache, 84, a Romanian composer and former director of the Munich Philharmonic, died Wednesday in Paris. He wrote four symphonies, a piano concerto and several suites.He had directed the Munich Philharmonic since 1979. Under his tutelage, it gained international fame, touring Japan, the United States and Eastern Europe. Few recordings of his early work exist because he opposed recorded music.He left Romania in 1936 to study music and composition in Berlin. In 1945, he was appointed the first conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.
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By Steve McKerrow and Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer | August 17, 1995
A couple of Baltimore alumni turn up in separate shows tonight -- one of them reporting a story on CBS' "Eye To Eye" and the other singing in a cable concert from Berlin.* "The Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards" (8 p.m.-10 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Gladys Knight, Tyra Banks and Brian McKnight are co-hosts of the awards special, which was taped earlier this month in Santa Monica, Calif. Among those getting special honors will be Debbie Allen, who is receiving the Lena Horne Award for outstanding career achievements, and the rap group Salt 'N' Pepa will receive the award as Entertainer of the Year.
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