Ranked as one of the best orchestras in the world, the Berliner Philharmoniker will perform for the first time in Bucharest on September 3rd as part of the George Enescu Classical Music Festival. The orchestra will be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, its principal conductor since 2002. The concert comes after fifteen years of negotiations with the organizers of the festival, which worked in time to improve the acoustics of one of its main concert venues Sala Palatului.

Romanian conductor and composer Sergiu Celibidache was one of the principal conductors of the Berliner Philharmoniker, as were Herbert von Karajan or Claudio Abbado. Besides the George Enescu Festival, the orchestra will also play at the Salzburg Festival, the Lucerne Festival, and the Austrian Grafenegg Festival. At all venues, they will play Benjamin Britten’s Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge and Dmitri Shostakovich’s Fourth Symphony.

This week at George Enescu Classical Music Festival

Highlights of this week’s schedule of the festival include concerts of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, the Staatskapelle Dresden conducted by Christian Thielemann, the San Francisco Symphony conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas and having Yuja Wang as soloist, as well as recitals by Fazil Say, Murray Perahia and Elisabeth Leonskaja.

The full schedule of the event can be checked here. Live broadcasts of concerts are available at the Grand Cinema and More Baneasa or at enescu.tvr.ro.