On March 29, the Berlin Philharmoniker and Staatskapelle Berlin performed on the same stage at the Berlin Philharmonike to raise funds for UNICEF‘s children’s emergency fund in Japan. The concert was also webcast in the Berlin Philharmoniker’s Digital Concert Hall. Daniel Barenboim led the Staatskapelle Berlin’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s Six Symphony, Pathétique; Sir Simon Rattle conducted the Berlin Philharmoniker in Brahms’s Fourth Symphony.
Gramophone.co.uk shared the following statement from Daniel Barenboim:
Anything that can be done will of course be too little. But if we do nothing, all we do is show some sympathy and perhaps even a little fear for our own future. This is why it is, so to speak, strategically and morally necessary to do something immediately. The people in Japan – particularly children and the elderly, who experienced Hiroshima in 1945 – should know that we are thinking of them and are trying to do something for them here.
The Berlin Philharmoniker also dedicated its March 16-March 18 concerts to the Japanese people. Here’s a video message to the people of Japan from Sir Simon Rattle and Berlin Philharmoniker violinist Sebastian Heesch.
- AUDIO: Simon Rattle on conducting Berlin (news.bbc.co.uk)
- Berlin Philharmonic / Sir Simon Rattle, Barbican, review (telegraph.co.uk)