The Berlin Philharmonic serenades Ukraine

The Berlin Philharmonic serenades Ukraine

Daily Comfort Zone

norman lebrecht

May 02, 2022

The orchestra has just posted this moving tribute and fundraiser for the defenders of an embattled nation, conducted by the Russian-born Kirill Petrenko.

The facial expressions speak volumes.

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  • IP says:

    Used to be times when the whole world stood in sympathy and solidarity with Shostakovich writing music in the besieged Leningrad. How has all changed, thanks to the Kremlin genius.

  • Patrick says:

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I know freedom-loving people are supporting the Ukrainians. It is a shame that it seems like all we can do is watch on our TVs the atrocities committed by Putin and his thugs. But I supposed WWIII is not a good option.

    • Sue Sonata Form says:

      My fear is that a beleaguered Putin, pushed into a corner, will activate the button, just as Hitler would certainly have done if this had been available in 1945. cf “The Heroes of Telemark”.

  • music lover says:

    Marvellous!!!!Incredible playing!!!!

  • MacroV says:

    The most moving part to me was the end when they stood and just stared straight ahead at the camera.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    Gorgeous and very appropriate.