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Ilya Gringolts
Ilya Gringolts © Tomasz Trzebiatowski

Hauptkirche St. Katharinen

Ensemble Resonanz: Tabula rasa

Festival »Lux aeterna«

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»When I play Frank Martin’s Polyptyque, I feel the same responsibility and the same exaltation as when I play Bach’s Chaconne.« Those are the words of none other than the soloist who premiered the work – the great Yehudi Menuhin. The 30-minute violin concerto, for which Martin selected as a basis six stations from the Passion narrative on a winged altarpiece (polyptych), represents the highlight of this evening with Ensemble Resonanz and the Russian violinist Ilya Gringolts. The concert starts with another twentieth-century masterpiece: Arvo Pärt’s beautifully hypnotic double concerto »Tabula rasa«. The two pieces are tied together by hand-picked chorale preludes by Johann Sebastian Bach, played by organist and church music director Andreas Fischer.


Ensemble Resonanz

Ilya Gringolts violin

Andreas Fischer organ

Barbara Bultmann violin


Johann Sebastian Bach
Das alte Jahr vergangen ist BWV 614/ Choralvorspiel für Orgel

Arvo Pärt
Tabula rasa / Doppelkonzert für zwei Violinen, Streichorchester und präpariertes Klavier

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Johann Sebastian Bach
O Lamm Gottes unschuldig BWV 618 / Choralvorspiel für Orgel

Frank Martin

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Promoter: HamburgMusik

Supported by the Stiftung Elbphilharmonie


Hauptkirche St. Katharinen

St. Katharinen, one of the five major churches in Hamburg, is regarded as the tallest building in the Hanseatic City. The church was originally designed in the Gothic style – today, the tall windows that flood the interior with light are evidence of this.

  • Getting Here

    Katharinenkirchhof 1
    20457 Hamburg

    Underground line U1: Meßberg
    Underground line U3: Rödingsmarkt
    Bus M4, M6: Brandstwiete
    Bus M3, 35, 37: Rödingsmarkt
    Schnellbus 35 and 37 are subject to surcharge.

  • Parking

    During events and concerts, parking spaces are available on the church's southern courtyard across from the Speicherstadt and the western courtyard at the base of the steeple.

  • Accessibility

    The church's entrance below the steeple is fully accessible for persons with disabilities.

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