Baroque Masterpieces Charlottenburg Palace Berlin

Schloss Charlottenburg

Last night I attended an interesting classical concert at Charlottenburg Palace. The Berlin Residence Orchestra performed dressed in gorgeous period costumes.

Scholss Charollotenberg

Before the concert, some guests enjoyed a three-course “themed candlelight dinner”. Several years ago I experienced a similar and somewhat disappointing dinner in Salzburg, so I opted for the concert only. The Palace is easily accessible via U-Bahn and it’s the site of a popular Christmas market November 27 through December 26 which I’m sure to visit.

The Great Orangery

Charlottenburg Palace History

Charlottenburg is Berlin’s last remaining palace. The Palace Complex covers several blocks along the banks of the Spree River, and it’s surrounded by a beautiful baroque garden.

Queen Sophia Charlotte

In 1696, Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Hanover, wife of Prussian Friedrich III, commissioned construction of a “summer residence in the village of Lützow”. She named it Lützenburg.

King Frederick I – Emerson Kent

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“Originally a petite summer retreat, it grew into an exquisite baroque palace with opulent private apartments, richly festooned festival halls, collections of precious porcelain, and paintings by French 18th century masters.”

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Orangery Garden – Pinterest

Soon after his coronation, King Frederick and Queen Sophie Charlotte decided to expand their Lützenburg residence. When Charlotte died, Frederick renamed the residence Charlottenburg Palace, extended it even more, built a magnificent dome, and added an “elongated building named the Great Orangery”.

Grosse Orangerie Schloss Charlottenburg – Qiez.de

Today Charlottenburg is a working palace and one of Berlin’s most “grandiose event venues”. It’s a great place for concerts.

The Berlin Residence Orchestra

In 2006, the Berlin Residence Orchestra began performing classical music concerts staged in the Great Orangery. Several chamber music ensembles formed within the orchestra.,Concerts feature composers like Mozart, Bach, and Vivaldi and the atmosphere  transports the audiences into the past, when kings listened to the same music.

Berliner Residenz Konzerte Schloss Charlottenburg – Berlin Welcome Card

The chamber orchestra consisted of a harpsichord, cello, bass, flute, violin, and four violas. There were flute, viola, and cello solos and operatic solos and duos. For a while in the beginning, the commentator gave some narrative in English as well as German – it was obvious he really didn’t care for it. Later, he spoke German only, so I missed the nuances and jokes that made other people laugh…. Oh well, the music was beautiful…

Berlin Residence Concerts – Image Berlin

The program included works of well-known classical composers and some – kings and friends of kings – I’d never heard of:

 

Anna Fecotva – ResearchGate

Anna Fedotova Concertmaster

Russian Anna Fedotova studied at the Far East Art Academy in her hometown of Vladivostok and later at Moscow’s Gnessin Academy. She’s participated in Salzburg masterclasses and is a “laureate of several competitions in many countries”. Fedotova co-founded the Tango Ensemble Coamorous” and has toured with the group throughout Europe.

Georg Arssenij Countertenor

Alexandra Rossmann Musical Director

Alexandra Rossmann was born in Minsk Belarus, where she studied piano and became a piano teacher and accompanist. She performed at international festivals and made her début at the Minsk Philharmonic at the age of 17. Rossmann later moved to Germany and studied at the Musikhochschule Munich. She now lives in Potsdam and teaches piano.

Sara Gouzy Soprano

Sara Gouzy Soprano

French soprano Sara Gouzy completed her piano studies at the Conservatoire de Toulouse. She studied voice at the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” Berlin and attended masterclasses in France and Germany. In 2012 Gouzy participated in a joint project of the Academy of Music “Hanns Eisler” and Berlin’s Komische Oper (Comic Opera). Since 2013 Gouzy is a scholarship holder of the association “Yehudi Menuhin Live Music Now”  and soloist at the Berlin Residence Concerts.

Georg Arssenij Bochow Countertenor

The German-Russian countertenor Georg Arssenij Bochow began his career as a chorister in the Berlin Staats- und Domchor and received Canada’s Saint Nicolas Award  from the Royal School of Church Music. He began vocal studies at the “Hanns Eisler” in Berlin in 2011 and has taken masterclasses. He appeared with the Deutsche Oper Berlin in the world première of Evan Gardner’s “Die Unterhändlerin”.

Charlottenburg Palace Courtyard

This is the first time I’ve experienced a countertenor in such close quarters – a most unusual voice!

Salvador Dalí Museum Berlin

The Persistence of Memory 1931 Salvador Dalí

Berlin’s Dalí Museum is a permanent exhibition at Potsdamer Platz with more than 450 original artworks by Spanish artist Salvador Dalí. The museum offers “insight into Dalí’s virtuosity and mastership of almost all art techniques”.

Salvador Dali Theater Museum Figueres Spain

I had no idea what a diverse artist Dalí was. The amazing exhibits include original lithographs, illustrations, photography, sculpting, xylographs, drypoint etchings, mixed-media graphics, héliogravures, Olympic medals, jewelry designs, and even a short film. Videos placed throughout the museum illustrate techniques Dalí used to create some of his work.

Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí Surrealism Paintings Photo Gallery

Although I’ve never been a Dalí fan, his Surrealistic paintings are fascinating, and this exhibit gave me new appreciation of his art and creativity. He’s considered a genius. In addition to his more avant-garde paintings, Dalí created beautiful landscapes and portraiture. This is a list of his works created between 1913 and 1983.

The Berlin museum is a great introduction to Dalí’s complex world. Over 70 years he produced 1160 artworks and even illustrated his own life for the opening of his museum in Figueres Spain!

The Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee 1944 Salvador Dalí

Boat 1918 Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí

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“Surrealist artists rejected the rational in art; and instead aimed to channel the unconscious to unlock the power of imagination.”

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The Burning Giraffe 1937 Salvador Dalí

Dali used extensive symbolism in his work. Recurring “images in his paintings include elephants with brittle legs which evoke weightlessness; ants, thought to be his symbol for decay and death; and melting watches, perhaps symbolic of non-linear human perception of time”.

Tuna Fishing 1967 Salvador Dalí

Swans Reflecting Elephants 1937 Salvador Dalí

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Dali became the “most influential Surrealist artist; and perhaps the most renowned twentieth century painter after Pablo Picasso”.

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Galatea of the Spheres 1952 Salvador Dalí

Lobster Telephone 1936 Salvador Dalí

The museum contains so much info, it’s likely I’ll visit again. Some of Dalí’s most famous paintings include:

  • The Burning Giraffe
  • Tuna Fishing
  • Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee
  • Galatea of the Spheres
  • Metamorphosis of Narcissus
  • Christ of Saint John of the Cross
  • The Great Masturbator
  • Soft Construction with Boiled Beans
  • Swans Reflecting Elephants
  • The Persistence of Memory

A Shower of Jasmine 1954 Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí Surrealist