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Das Philharmonische Tagebuch

Fri, 02. November 2012



Deat of Professor Michel Schwalbé

Professor Michel Schwalbé died shortly before his 93rd birthday on October 9, 2012, in Berlin. This noted violinist came from Radom in Poland and was the first concertmaster of the Berlin Philharmonic from 1957 - 1986, setting the highest musical standards. His violin solo in Richard Strauss' "Heldenleben" remains to this day exemplary, as does the recording of of Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

This great artist, who was also an accomplished soloist, always remained faithful to the Berlin Philharmonic and their conductor of the time, Herbert von Karajan. He was also a life-long friend of our orchestra, whose sound and musical style he particularly admired, having stated this often in numerous conversations. During his active years he attended many opera performances at the Salzburg Festival and was a regular guest at our rehearsals and concerts in Berlin.

When our orchestra performed the Beethoven Cycle in Berlin in 2001 under the baton of Sir Simon Rattle, the then 82-year old artist attended all of our rehearsals and concerts despite being in ill health, and at the last rehearsal was the focus of a small tribute in which with moving words he reiterated his personal affinity for our orchestra.



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