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Wiebke Lehmkuhl
Wiebke Lehmkuhl © Sound and Picturedesign
Thomas Hengelbrock
Thomas Hengelbrock © Florence Grandidier
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra
NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra © Marcus Höhn

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal
Sun, 29 Apr 2018   20:00

Missa solemnis

Hamburg International Music Festival

Tickets can be ordered from 27 Nov. and will be allocated by raffle.

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The 3rd Hamburg International Music Festival is opened by Thomas Hengelbrock, the choirs of the Bayerische Rundfunk and the NDR, a number of renowned soloists and the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra performing the work Beethoven considered to be his greatest: the Missa solemnis.

The composer had originally intended to write a solemn mass to mark the occasion of the enthronement of his patron Archduke Rudolph as the Archbishop of Olomouc. However, Beethoven had only finished the Kyrie by the designated date. From that point on, any connection to a specific occasion or to liturgical specifications is lost. The work became Beethoven’s most personal reflection on questions of faith and it shares more than just chronological proximity with his Ninth Symphony, which features a final chorus that spans all humanity.

As he prepared to compose his own mass, Beethoven studied the works of his predecessors, researched the »sacred melodies of the monks« and reflected on »true sacred music«. Beethoven’s declared aim was now »to awaken and permanently instil religious feelings in both singers and listeners«. It is in this spirit that he writes the now famous instruction in one place on the score: »From the heart may it return to the heart!«

In 1823, three years after the planned date, the solemn mass was finally completed. By then the composer had moved away from remaining tied to a church setting. The mass could also be performed in a concert hall as an oratorio, he wrote in a letter to Goethe. Beethoven’s monumental work still poses huge challenges for performers, with the soloists and choir pushed to their limits.

Performers

NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester

NDR Chor

Genia Kühmeier soprano

Wiebke Lehmkuhl alto

Andrew Staples tenor

Georg Zeppenfeld bass

conductor Thomas Hengelbrock

Programme

Ludwig van Beethoven
Missa solemnis D-Dur op. 123 für Soli, Chor und Orchester

Estimated end time: 22:00

Promoter: HamburgMusik gGmbH / Norddeutscher Rundfunk

Concert-Related Events

Grand Hall

Sun, 29 Apr 2018 19:00 / Elbphilharmonie Hamburg Großer Saal

Pre-Concert Talk

Learn more about the history and background of the evening’s music programme at the pre-concert talk (in German).

Plaza

Enjoy the View

Plaza

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
Elbphilharmonie / Foyer Großer Saal

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
Thomas Morus: Utopia (Titelholzschnitt)

Worldwide

Music as Utopia

What would happen if…? »Utopia« is the motto of the 3rd Hamburg International Music Festival.

Location

Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Großer Saal

Heart of the Elbphilharmonie: the Grand Hall seats 2,000 guests in the »vineyard« style. The stage for artists and orchestras is situated at the centre of the concert hall and is surrounded by terraced seating.

  • 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.

    From the Plaza, access to the concert foyers is via stairs and lifts. The main cloakroom is situated on the 11th floor and the hall entrances are on floors 12, 13, 15 and 16. Please follow signs to the area in which your designated seat is located, as indicated on your ticket.

  • Seat Preview

    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.

  • Getting Here

    Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
    Platz der Deutschen Einheit
    20457 Hamburg

    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

  • Parking

    There is limited parking available in the Elbphilharmonie and the HafenCity.

    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)

    »Elbphilharmonie« multistorey carpark (open 24 hours a day, 433 parking spaces):
    Parking charge per hour: €4.00
    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.

  • Accessibility

    All halls and spaces are accessible for visitors with disabilities. More information at www.elbphilharmonie.de/en/accessibility.

  • Arrival Time

    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 Ban

    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.


Grand Hall
Elbphilharmonie Großer Saal © Michael Zapf

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