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Guide to Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg © Maxim Schulz
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
© Maxim Schulz

The Elbphilharmonie is regarded as Hamburg’s landmark worldwide. The modern concert hall was designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and opened in 2017. Per season some 900,000 enthusiastic music lovers come to hear concerts in the Grand and Recital Halls. Hamburg boasts another excellent concert hall in the venerable Laeiszhalle, completed in 1908. With two such different concert halls, Hamburg is excellently prepared for a great musical future.

Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal © Chris Lee
Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal
© Chris Lee
Laeiszhalle Hamburg © Maxim Schulz
Laeiszhalle Hamburg
© Maxim Schulz
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HamburgSummer evening concert

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Copland, Gershwin, Shostakovich
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani

HamburgWith Jakub Hrůša at the Elbphilharmonie

© Andreas Herzau
Beethoven, Strauss R.
Bamberg Symphony; Jakub Hrůša

HamburgDenis Matsuev at the Elbphilharmonie

Denis Matsuev at the Elbphilharmonie
Beethoven, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky, Liszt
Denis Matsuev, Piano

HamburgRomeo and Juliet

Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra
Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra; Lahav Shani
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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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First and Second Viennese School side by side in the Elbphilharmonie

Alan Gilbert © Peter Hundert | NDR
Frank Peter Zimmermann dazzles in an angelic tribute, while Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester emphasise clarity at the expense of warmth.
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Into silence: Arvo Pärt's distinctive soundworld casts a spell

Arvo Pärt with Tõnu Kaljuste, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra © Luciano Rossetti
A portrait concert of music by Arvo Pärt, while single-mindedly contemplative in tone, proves surprisingly absorbing in the hands of his most authoritative interpreters.
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Teodor Currentzis and the SWR Symphony triumph in Mahler 9

Teodor Currentzis and the SWR Symphony Orchestra at the Elbphilharmonie © Daniel Dittus
Say what you like, Teodor Currentzis understands the music of Mahler, especially in that composer's final symphonic statement, to the manner born.
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