It is definitive news when a new building for the performing arts opens its doors. No, not in the US. Rather, this is a brand new building in Hamburg, Germany.
The Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg presented its Grand Opening Concert with performances of the following works:
Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ‘Choral’: Ode to joy
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe, Op. 49
Amarilli mia bella
La Pellegrina: Dalle piu alte sfere
Mystère de l’instant: Appels, Échos et Prismes
Furioso for Orchestra
Turangalîla Symphony: Finale
Quam Pulchra es a 5
Reminiszenz – Triptychon und Spruch in memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn
Parsifal: Prelude to Act 1
Zimmermann, B A:
Photoptosis – Prelude for large orchestra, with Philippe Jaroussky, Sir Bryn Terfel, Wiebke Lehmkuhl, Pavol Breslik, Hanna-Elisabeth Müller
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Ensemble Praetorius, NDR Choir, and the Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Thomas Hengelbrock conducting.
The Elbphilharmonie is undoubtedly the new landmark of Hamburg, a monumental combination of breath-taking architecture, a unique location and a world-class concert hall.
In this recording, the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, under the baton of Principal Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock, and several top-class soloists explore the possibilities of the Elbphilharmonie’s Grand Hall and its acoustics with an exciting program that spans across all musical eras, from the Renaissance to the present. It culminates in a brand-new commissioned work, created especially for this occasion by the most important living German composer.
BONUS: This documentary accompanies the formation process of this grand building, from the first sketches, to the rehearsals before itS festive inauguration.
Here is Gustavo Dudamel, conducting the Symphony number 9 by Beethoven at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg: