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Grand Opening

Revisit the Elbphilharmonie’s opening festivities from 11 January 2017 – ceremonial act and concert included: available now on demand.

Here Time Becomes Space

The Elbphilharmonie opened its doors with the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester under the baton of Principal Conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and several top-class soloists on 11 January.

The audience – including those watching on the screen at home – enjoyed an exceptional celebration with numerous guests from the worlds of culture and politics, plus 1,000 people who won tickets in an international raffle, and a highly varied concert programme with music from the Renaissance to the present day.

Concert Programme

Ceremonial Act

Ludwig van Beethoven
Overture to »The Creatures of Prometheus«, Op. 43
Adagio – Allegro molto con brio

Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Overture to »Ruy Blas«, Op. 95

Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
4th Movement: Allegro con spirito

Grand Opening concert: »Here Time Becomes Space«

Benjamin Britten
from: Six Metamorphoses after Ovid, Op. 49

Henri Dutilleux
Mystère de L’Instant
Appels – Echos – Prismes

Emilio de’ Cavalieri / Antonio Archilei
Dalle piu alte sfere
from: La Pellegrina

Bernd Alois Zimmermann
Photoptosis / Prelude for large orchestra

Jacob Praetorius
Quam pulchra es

Rolf Liebermann

Giulio Caccini
Amarilli, mia bella
from: Le nuove musiche

Olivier Messiaen
10th Movement: Finale


Richard Wagner
Prelude to »Parsifal«

Wolfgang Rihm
Triptychon und Spruch in Memoriam Hans Henny Jahnn
World Premiere / Commissioned by the NDR

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 in d minor, Op. 125
4th Movement: Presto. Finale Chorus after Schiller’s »Ode to Joy«