The Berlin Philharmonic are rated the world's best orchestra by many music lovers. This documentation shows them close up. We follow their path from the orchestra's emergence at the end of the 19th century up to present day, when Sir Simon Rattle inaugurated a new era in the ensemble's history. The orchestra's musician's and conductors tell the story of their work and convey an impression of how the Berlin Phil reached their remarkably high standard. The portrait is rounded off with rare archive recordings and excerpts from great performances.