The 12 Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker visited Beijing's NCPA

On July 3rd, The 12 Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker, who visited the NCPA in 2011 and 2016 respectively,  presented at the NCPA for a third time, to took the audience on a wonderful journey of cello music.

About nearly 100 years ago, namely in 1920, cellist and composer Julius Klengel composed the Hymn, and performed them with his 11 students to mark the 65th birthday of Arthur Nikisch, Artistic Director of the Berliner Philharmoniker. Two years later, the hymn was performed at the funeral of Arthur Nikisch. 50 years later, when it was present at the Salzburger Festspiele, the cello ensemble of the Berliner Philharmoniker received an invitation, and cellist Rudolf Weinsheimer formed a 12-cello ensemble, which then recorded the Hymn in honour of Klengel. On Easter Day - 1974, the cello ensemble gave its debut in Universität Mozarteum Salzburg, winning world acclaim in good time.

Despite the existence of too many chamber music ensembles today, tickets are always sold out ahead of schedule whenever The 12 Cellists of Berliner Philharmoniker appears at the NCPA. Last night, they appeared with a number of arrangements such as PavaneAs Time Goes By and Titanic, as well as Duke Ellington’s Caravan, Piazzolla’s Decarisimo and Fuga Y Misterio, and so on, to demonstrate their excellence in diverse music styles.

Photo by WANG Xiaojing