To classical music lovers, the Berlin Philharmonic Concert Hall is like a holt temple because it’s the home to Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra -One of the top Orchestras in the world. Its original venue was destroyed in the second world war, and the state opera house, which was used as a temporary home for the orchestra, was bombed the next year. After the war, a dedicated concert hall designed by Hans Scharoun was inaugurated on 15 October, 1963 with a performance of Beethoven’s ninth symphony, conducted by Herbert von Karajan.
Because I’m a fan of classical music, I did the tour of the concert hall when in Berlin. Ticket is quite affordable, only €5, just make sure you check your bulky items before the tour starts. You can leave it in the concert hall for free, but it’s safe to leave your luggage in your hotel or the lockers at the train station. After you purchase the ticket, you’ll get a tour sticker, put it on visible place before the tour. The tour is in English and can be held in both English and German on request.
The tour will you to both the great hall and the smaller chamber-musical hall, my tour started with the great hall. The shape of the great hall is an asymmetrical pentagon, this is what the logo of the orchestra based on. Different from the traditional concert halls, Berlin Philharmonic concert hall has seats on the sides and behind the concert desk. All the walls, seats and ceiling installations have unique geometric shapes in order to achieve the highest quality of sound.
After the great hall the guide took us to the chamber-musical hall, which was built 24 years after the great hall. It’s also designed by Hans Scharou and very similar to the great hall, just the scale is smaller.
The than the physical concert halls, BPO also has a digital concert hall where paying subscribers can enjoy the performances at home. The birth of digital concert hall has something to do with Taiwan. In 2005, touched and inspired by the enthusiastic crowd who are watching the live broadcast outside the National Concert Hall in Taipei, BPO realised the reach and impact of music can go much further with the help of technology and started to work on a digital broadcast platform -the Digital Concert Hall.
Documentary of the 2005 live broadcast outside the National Concert Hall in Taipei.
I also went to the 2011 live broadcast in Taipei when BPO visited Taiwan again.