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Venue: Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg

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AddressPlatz der Deutschen Einheit
20457 Hamburg
Germany
ContainsGroßer Saal
Kleiner Saal
Laeiszhalle: Großer Saal
Laeiszhalle: Kleiner Saal
Google maps53° 32' 29.045" N 9° 59' 3.457" E
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Martha Argerich brings magical Ravel to Hamburg

Martha Argerich and Sylvain Cambrelin in rehearsal with the Hamburg Symphony © Daniel Dittus
A performance of Ravel's concerto to savour as a beacon of light and hope in these dark times. 
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A box of delights from the Paavo Järvi at the Elbphilharmonie

Paavo Järvi © Elbphilharmonie
A quartet of 20th-century French neoclassical works made for a joyful evening in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie. 
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Sadness and joy reflected in Schubert and Dvořák

Andrés Orozco-Estrada rehearses the hr-Sinfonieorchester at the Elbphilharmonie © Julian Kolb
The radio symphony orchestras based in the individual federal states are some of Germany's musical jewels. Here, Andrés Orozco-Estrada and his Frankfurt musicians together with tenor Christian Elsner demonstrate their mettle.
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Barmy, balladic and balmy: three pieces at the Elbphilharmonie

Kent Nagano © Sergio Veranes Studio

Kent Nagano and the Hamburg Philharmonic contrast barmy Hindemith with balmy Schubert, while Julian Prégardien explores Mahler’s balladic Wayfaring Songs.

 

***11
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Weilerstein and Gilbert at the Elbphilharmonie

Alisa Weilerstein © Harald Hoffmann | Decca

Alisa Weilerstein shows why Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations deserves to be considered a concerto, while Alan Gilbert’s view of the Eroica with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester raises some doubts.

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Rhythm, colour and texture at the Elbphilharmonie

Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Daniel Dittus

The Mahler Chamber Orchestra takes to the road again with a 20th-century programme of music by Janáček and Ravel, with Sir George Benjamin conducting Pierre-Laurent Aimard in one of his own compositions.

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Mercurial Martha: Argerich back in the solo spotlight

Renaud Capuçon and Martha Argerich © Symphoniker Hamburg
Martha Argerich hadn't played Chopin's Third Piano Sonata in public for at least 25 years... so this performance at the Laeiszhalle Hamburg came as a huge surprise.
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Three's a crowd: the Vienna Philharmonic packs in Beethoven 1, 2 and 3

Andris Nelsons and the Wiener Philharmoniker © Daniel Dittus
At Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie, the Wiener Philharmoniker and Andris Nelsons launch a chronological cycle of Beethoven's nine symphonies with the first three sticks of dynamite.
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