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Guide to Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle Hamburg

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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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HamburgIgor Levit: Piano Recital

© Maxim Schulz
Beethoven
Igor Levit, Piano

HamburgIgor Levit: Piano Recital

© Maxim Schulz
Beethoven
Igor Levit, Piano

HamburgShai Maestro Trio

© Maxim Schulz
Shai Maestro Trio

HamburgUral Philharmonic Orchestra and Dmitry Liss

© Maxim Schulz
Rachmaninov
Ural Philharmonic Orchestra; Dmitry Liss; Yekaterinburg Philharmonic Choir; Elena Karpesh; Egor Semenkov; Yuri Laptev

HamburgFrancesco Tristano, Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg

© Maxim Schulz
Bizet, Gershwin, Ravel
Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg; Marko Letonja; Francesco Tristano
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Eloquent Bartók and emphatic Bruckner at the Elbphilharmonie

Alan Gilbert © Peter Hundert
Augustin Hadelich is an authoritative interpreter in Bartók's Second Violin Concerto, while Alan Gilbert and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester never quite succeed in scaling the heights of Bruckner 7.
***11
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Argerich, Dutoit and Russian revelry in Hamburg

Martha Argerich © Adriano Heitman
Argerich is predictably a force of nature in Tchaikovsky and Dutoit shows his mettle in Ravel and Stravinsky.
****1
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Progress thwarted: Stravinsky's Rake at the Elbphilharmonie

Barbara Hannigan, Gyula Rab and Ensemble Ludwig © Daniel Dittus
Despite some fine young voices, a concert staging of The Rake's Progress proves problematic in Hamburg.
***11
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From the Vltava to the Elbe: triumphant Bamberg in Hamburg

Albrecht Mayer © Harald Hoffmann
An outstanding account of Smetana's Ma vlást in Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie was prefaced by Straussian oboe nostalgia courtesy of Albrecht Mayer. 
*****
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Loud Berg and lyrical Bruckner from Paavo Järvi at the Elbphilharmonie

Paavo Järvi © Yong Bin
Berg, unlike his teacher Schoenberg, didn't throw out the baby with the bathwater; Bruckner too never forgot his traditional roots. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester, Paavo Järvi and Laura Aikin demonstrate.
***11
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