5 Years of Elbphilharmonie – Gala concert

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra / Alan Gilbert – 2G+

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Alan Gilbert
Alan Gilbert
Kirill Gerstein
Kirill Gerstein

Music and space

Five years have passed since the Elbphilharmonie opened its (concert hall) doors and Hamburg residents finally had the chance to occupy their new landmark. That’s cause for celebration! Hamburg orchestras and a number of famous guests play for a whole week to mark the occasion. The anniversary of the opening of the Grand Hall is in the hands of the Elbphilharmonie orchestra-in-residence under its chief conductor Alan Gilbert. Once again, just like five years ago at the inauguration, the concert programmes underline the clear belief that both the orchestra and the Elbphilharmonie have in contemporary music.

Where there’s a birthday, there has to be a fanfare! And tonight’s fanfare is contributed by American composer John Adams in his own refined style: in minimalist fashion, in his »Tromba lontana« the composer has two trumpets from different directions meet up with the incessant driving pulse of the orchestra – music as good as tailor-made for the Elbphilharmonie’s 360-degree sound! After this, Adams’s breakneck »Short Ride in a Fast Machine« literally takes off, not unlike concert operations at the Elbphilharmonie, whose five-year success story seems to have passed by in a flash.

Then a good acquaintance returns to the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra, namely the Russian-American pianist Kirill Gerstein, to present his new showpiece, the latest piano concerto by British composer Thomas Adès. With its mix of classical and jazzy sounds, the concerto was already praised to the skies at its 2019 first performance in Boston. The evening comes to an end with music originally composed to mark the inauguration of a concert hall, and which, like the Adams piece, plays with the room’s spatial possibilities: Esa-Pekka Salonen took his inspiration for »Wing on Wing« (2004) from the undulating architecture of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. And his soloists likewise move around the room, something that works at least as well in the Elbphilharmonie, which is dedicating an extensive spotlight to Salonen in the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons.


NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

Anu Komsi soprano

Piia Komsi soprano

Kirill Gerstein piano

conductor Alan Gilbert


John Adams
Tromba lontana / Fanfare für Orchester
Short Ride in a Fast Machine / Fanfare für Orchester

Thomas Adès
Konzert für Klavier und Orchester

Zugabe des Solisten:

György Ligeti
Arc-en-ciel, / aus: Études pour piano, Buch 1

– Interval –

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Wing on Wing

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5 Years of Elbphilharmonie


Multiverse Esa-Pekka Salonen

Concert Broadcast

The concert will be streamed in cooperation with ARTE concert live on www.elbphilharmonie.com, www.ndr.de/eo and in the NDR EO app as well as broadcast live on the radio by NDR Kultur. The recording will then be available online and will also be broadcast on 15 January 2022 at 22:45 on NDR television. Before that, the documentary »Elbphilharmonie - from vision to reality« can be seen there at 21:45.

Promoter: HamburgMusik / NDR

From the Mediatheque : Videos, Podcasts, Articles

Anniversary Concert: 5 Years of Elbphilharmonie
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Video on demand from 11 Jan 2022 : Anniversary Concert: 5 Years of Elbphilharmonie

Happy Birthday, Elbphilharmonie! – The 5th-anniversary concert live from the Grand Hall.

»Wow, so that's how it can sound!«

Composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen about the »Multiversum« in the Elbphilharmonie, swarm intelligence in orchestras and the difficulties of the classical repertoire.

Happy Birthday, Elbphilharmonie!

What would a birthday be without a little serenade? Many artists have sent the Elbphilharmonie 5th-anniversary congratulations.

Elbphilharmonie Talk with Kirill Gerstein

The pianist talks about his relationship with the composer Thomas Adès and about the latter's Second Piano Concerto.

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Elbphilharmonie Plaza

A public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie

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Food and Drink

Before the concert and in the interval

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