Extracts from Olivier Messiaen’s mighty »Turangalîla« Symphony were played during the Elbphilharmonie’s opening ceremony. Few works point so clearly to the future: a classical symphony orchestra meets Indonesian gongs and the ondes martenot, one of the world’s first electronic musical instruments.
On the conductor’s stand this Elbphilharmonie Summer concert is Ingo Metzmacher, for many years Hamburg’s General Music Director. On the stage: the Gustav Mahler Jugend Orchester – an orchestra founded 30 years ago by none other than Claudio Abbado.
The concert was broadcast live at www.elbphilharmonie.com and at the public screening on the Elbphilharmonie forecourt.