By: Christie Chen and Sabine Cheng
Taipei, May 5 (CNA) The Berlin Philharmonic’s chief conductor Sir Simon Rattle on Thursday
expressed his long-time fondness for the Taiwanese music audience and his excitement in bringing Beethoven’s symphonies to Taiwan on the orchestra’s fourth visit to the country.
Speaking to the press in Taipei ahead of the orchestra’s two concerts in the city this weekend, Rattle said Berlin Philharmonic members love and respect Taiwan’s music fans, and feel that it is always a “real treat” to perform in Taiwan.
“For all of you who may believe that your response to classical music is a normal thing, I can tell you: we travel all over the world and this is very far from a normal thing,” the conductor said.
He said he is thrilled to bring three of Beethoven’s symphonies to Taiwan this time, including Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125, calling the Beethoven cycle “one of the Everests of classical music.”
The world-renowned German orchestra will perform two concerts at the National Concert Hall in Taipei, on Saturday and Sunday. [FULL STORY]