From Berlin With Love

Always Among The Top Three On Any List Of The World’s Best Symphony Orchestras, The Berlin Philharmonic Is In Turkey For The First Time As Part Of The Istanbul Art And Culture Foundation’s 40th Anniversary Celebrations.

The Berlin Philharmonic owes its fame in no small part to having been directed by some of the 20th century’s finest orchestra conductors like Wilhelm Fürtwangler and Herbert von Karajan. Under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle since 2002, the orchestra has included a Turkish double bass player, Fora Baltacıgil. His older brother, cellist Efe Baltacıgil, will also be performing with the orchestra in its concerts at Istanbul’s Golden Horn Congress Center on September 27 and the Izmir Efes Commercial Agora on September 28. On the program for the concert are Schubert’s Unfinished Symphony and Beethoven’s Seventh symphony in A major, perhaps his best known after the D major Ninth. Accompanying the Berlin Philharmonic as soloists, the Baltacıgil brothers will also perform Giovanni Bottesini’s Concerto Grosso for Cello, Double Bass and Orchestra.

The Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) is among the organizations that have provided the greatest, and longest lasting, support for classical music in Turkey through their International Music Festival, now in its 40th year. The Foundation, which strives to bring classical music to a broader segment of the public through events other than the festival, has succeeded in bringing music lovers one of the world’s three top orchestras in the Berlin Philharmonic concert. With this concert, the Foundation is both raising the bar for itself and giving a signal that raises expectations for what it will do in the future.

Among the works the orchestra is going to play, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony in A major is also one of the warhorses of cinema. Its second movement in particular has supported the most dramatic scenes of close to 30 films. Among the most recent examples is the scene in which George VI addresses the nation in The King’s Speech.