Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra / Ingo Metzmacher

Reunion in the 20th century: the Hamburg orchestra and its former chief conductor present fascinating works from the last hundred years. Video available until 17 April 2021.

Concert stream available until 17 April 2021.


They have both been welcome guests at the Elbphilharmonie since the inaugural season: the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and conductor Ingo Metzmacher. But they appear here together for the first time. After a 15-year break, the orchestra celebrates a long-awaited reunion with its erstwhile chief conductor. The concert programme features music with which Metzmacher made a real name for himself during his Hamburg years: 20th century music, to which he dedicated an acclaimed CD cycle with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra at the time.

He now continues his longstanding work with the Hamburg orchestra in a programme of music by Shostakovich, Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill, rounded off by a Bach arrangement from the pen of Anton Webern. There is also an appearance by baritone Georg Nigl, who performs the intensive and thought-provoking song cycle »Ernste Gesänge« by Schönberg pupil Kurt Weill – the last work he completed, incidentally.

»My years in Hamburg were the period in my career when I was given the most scope to build something up continually.«

Ingo Metzmacher


Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra
Georg Nigl baritone
conductor Ingo Metzmacher


Johann Sebastian Bach/Anton Webern
Fugue from the Musical Offering, BWV 1079

Dmitri Shostakovich
Chamber Symphony in C Minor, Op. 110a

Hanns Eisler
Ernste Gesänge

Kurt Weill
Kleine Dreigroschenmusik for Wind Orchestra / Suite from the »Threepenny Opera«

Ingo Metzmacher Ingo Metzmacher © Claudia Höhne
Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra © Felix Broede
Ingo Metzmacher Ingo Metzmacher © Harald Hoffmann
Georg Nigl Georg Nigl © Anita Schimd

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