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Elbphilharmonie Sessions: Iveta Apkalna

Aivars Kalējs' »Lux aeterna« from the Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall.

Video available until 31 Dec 2030

I feel very much at home in this great round hall, where people look at the performers from all directions – it's like being in a huge living room.

Iveta Apkalna

Iveta Apkalna

The Artist

Latvian organist Iveta Apkalna has made it her mission to bring the splendour of the organ out of its church setting and into major concert halls. As titular organist of the Elbphilharmonie she gives the instrument a face, supervised the initial tuning and sits at the organ console herself for many concerts, be it solo recitals or orchestral concerts. Thus she appeared at the inaugural concerts in January 2017, gave the first solo recital on the organ in the Grand Hall shortly after that, and also recorded the first CD of the Elbphilharmonie organ entitled »Light & Dark«.

Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna
Techniker / Session Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna / Großer Saal
Iveta Apkalna
Session Iveta Apkalna
Session Iveta Apkalna / Technik
Der mobile Spieltisch der Elbphilharmonie-Orgel
Session Iveta Apkalna / Großer Saal
Session Iveta Apkalna / Noten
Iveta Apkalna
Iveta Apkalna
Session Iveta Apkalna / Großer Saal
Session Iveta Apkalna / Mobiler Spieltisch
Session Iveta Apkalna / Großer Saal

The Music

Iveta Apkalna is a keen supporter of contemporary music. The Baltic states have been the source of some remarkable organ music in past decades, as the Latvian cultural ambassdor shows with a work by her countryman Aivars Kalējs. The Riga Cathedral organist wrote his piece »Lux aeterna« in 2005 in memory of Olivier Messiaen, one of the most important 20th century composers. Rising and falling melodic arcs and radiant chords recall the iridescent music of Messiaen, who saw notes as colours and vice versa.

Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall
Elbphilharmonie Grand Hall

The Place

It's the pulsating heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the Grand Hall. Its 2,100 seats are arranged according to the vineyard principle:  the stage lies at the centre of the hall and is surrounded by rows of seating that ascend like the terraces of a vineyard. Over the stage hangs a large sound reflector.

About the series

Artists record exclusive music videos at the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle for Elbphilharmonie Sessions – sometimes in unusual locations offstage. Discover the concert halls from the inside. Discover what they sound like.

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