Opus 132

To mark the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s birth, numerous members of the
Berliner Philharmoniker have recorded all of his string quartets and other chamber music works in the
Chamber Music Hall of the Philharmonie Berlin for the Digital Concert Hall. The participants include
established chamber music ensembles and others formed especially for this project. Under the title
Beethoven in close-up, the concerts will be shown in the Digital Concert Hall from 14 – 17 December at
20:00. Philipp Bohnen, member of the second violin section, will present the entire programme. While the
first evening on Monday 14 December features a mixture of better-known and less frequently performed
chamber music works for various ensembles with wind and brass instruments, all of the composer’s string
quartets will be performed in the order of their composition from 15 to 17 December. The orchestra is
very grateful to the Friends of the Berliner Philharmoniker whose generous support has made this special
project possible.
Beethoven in close-up is the first major project to use the new mobile video studio donated by the Friends
of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This new equipment allows the Berliner Philharmoniker Foundation to now
record music projects, family concerts and the performances by the Karajan Academy in the Chamber
Music Hall in the same image standard as that of the Philharmonie’s main auditorium. As in the main
auditorium, state-of-the-art remote-controlled cameras with 4K resolution and a greatly expanded
dynamic range are used.