In »Klang«, his last, unfinished cycle of compositions, Karlheinz Stockhausen took as his subject the 24 hours of the day – 21 pieces of which he completed before his death. A group of soloists around Kathinka Pasveer, who collaborated closely with Stockhausen when he was alive, now presents four of these pieces at the music festival, including the entirely electronic »Cosmic Pulses« and the last piece of the cycle, »Paradies«, which was premiered by Pasveer in Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle in 2009.
Karlheinz Stockhausen was a great utopian, hence the decision to devote an extensive retrospective to him at the Hamburg International Music Festival. As head of the studio for electronic music at West German Radio (WDR), he used early forms of the synthesizer to create an entire cosmos of thitherto-unprecedented sounds, advancing into new musical dimensions in the process. His works breathe the rhythm of the stars, and get lost in the spiral nebulas of infinity.
»If we tax our mind to the utmost and arrive at the limits of what can be analysed and described, that’s where mysticism begins. That’s my home as a musician, that’s where I want to go.«
Towards the end, the eccentric esoteric even claimed that he was from the planet Sirius. Notwithstanding, Stockhausen was the best-known and most important post-war German composer, influencing artists as diverse as the Beatles, Björk, Brian Eno, Pink Floyd, Amon Düül, Aphex Twin, Kraftwerk and Frank Zappa. Stockhausen believed firmly in a higher plane of human existence, and he believed that music was the key to it. It’s worth following him on this path: the utopia of music lives on.
Helen Bledsoe flute
Marco Blaauw trumpet
Marcus Weiss saxophone
Auszüge aus »Klang – Die 24 Stunden des Tages«:
Harmonien / 5. Stunde aus »Klang«
Cosmic Pulses / 13. Stunde aus »Klang«
Edentia / 20. Stunde aus »Klang«
Paradies / 21. Stunde aus »Klang«
Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH / Norddeutscher Rundfunk
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg in cooperation with NDR das neue werk
Enjoy the View
Between the old Kaispeicher and the new glass structure is the Plaza, a public viewing platform on the 8th floor of the Elbphilharmonie. Tickets for concerts in the Grand and Recital Halls include a visit to the Plaza two hours before the start of the concert or event; all other visitors require a Plaza ticket.More about the Plaza
A Diverse Cuisine
Food & Drink
A total of six bars in the Grand Hall and Recital Hall foyers offer concertgoers a varied cuisine before the start of events and in the intervals. Restaurants, cafés, delis and further bars await visitors in the »Störtebeker Elbphilharmonie« and in »The Westin Hamburg« Hotel.More about Food & Drink
The Recital Hall, designed in contrast to the Grand Hall in the classic »shoebox« style, offers seating for up to 550 people.
Finding Your Seat
All visitors enter the building via the main entrance. Admission takes place in the entrance foyer and is by concert ticket only. The »Tube«, an 82-metre-long, curved escalator, leads visitors up to the Plaza following admission
The Recital Hall is situated on the 10th floor and can be accessed via a stairway or lift. A cloakroom is located in the Recital Hall foyer.
Are you curious to find out what kind of view of the stage different seats have? To help select your favourite seat, use your mouse to activate the representative seat views.
The Elbphilharmonie can be easily reached by bus, underground, bicycle and ferry.
Underground line U3: Baumwall (approx. 450 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Underground line U4: Überseequartier (approx. 950 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Bus 111: Am Kaiserkai (Elbphilharmonie) (approx. 150 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
City bicycle (Stadtrad) stations: Am Baumwall and Am Kaiserkai / Großer Grasbrook
There are sufficient bicycle stands available in front of the Elbphilharmonie.
Ferry 72 (from Landungsbrücken pier): »Elbphilharmonie« pier
There is limited parking available in the Elbphilharmonie and the HafenCity.
»Elbphilharmonie« multistorey carpark (open 24 hours a day, 433 parking spaces):
Parking charge per hour: €4.50
Daily rate: €50.00
Please note that visitors to the Elbphilharmonie should use the entrance marked »Elbphilharmonie«. The entrance »Elbphilharmonie Hotel« is reserved for »The Westin Hamburg« hotel guests and the charge is €5.00 per hour.
Multistorey carpark »Speicherstadt«: Am Sandtorkai 6, 20457 Hamburg (722 parking spaces, approx. 750 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
Überseequartier underground carpark: Überseeallee 3, 20457 Hamburg (420 parking spaces, approx. 850 m from the Elbphilharmonie)
All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.
The Elbphilharmonie is a special building situated in a special place. Allow for plenty of time for getting to the Elbphilharmonie and the way to the concert area. We suggest first-time Elbphilharmonie visitors arrive at the main entrance 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event. Please note that it may not be possible to accommodate latecomers.
Concert tickets for the Grand and Recital Halls authorise a visit to the Plaza from two hours before the start of the concert or event. Visitors to the Kaistudios require a separate Plaza ticket to visit the Plaza.
The foyers of the Grand and Recital Halls open their doors 90 minutes before the start of the concert or event. The bars in each foyer open simultaneously.
Admission into the halls begins 30 minutes before the start of the concert or event.
Smoking is prohibited throughout the entire premises of the Elbphilharmonie.
Photography and Video Recordings
Photography is permitted at the Elbphilharmonie for private purposes only. Please respect the privacy of other visitors and help ensure an undisturbed concert experience for all guests and artists. Employees and artists may not be photographed.
Photography, audio or video recordings of concerts and events are strictly prohibited.
Event-related video recordings or photographs for editorial or commercial purposes must be authorised by the Press Office of the Elbphilharmonie.