As I had announced in November last year: Red Baron was in Hamburg on January 19, listening to Hob XXI, i.e., Joseph Haydn's Creation at the Elphilharmonie.
Elphi was officially inaugurated on January 11, in the presence of our Federal President Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the head of the federal state of Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz. All are in holi-evening mood, no lamentation over costs anymore.
|Gauck, Scholz and Merkel's Raute ©dpa|
|The night of Elphi's inauguration ©dpa|
|Well, not quite. This is a photo of a model of Elphi taken the following day|
at the Miniatur Wunderland (A blog to follow)
The long ascent to the plaza on the 11th floor via escalator is impressive but the moving stairs form a bottleneck when at the end of a concert more than 2000 people want to leave the place at the same time.
|Night view from the plaza on the 11th floor looking downtown |
showing the steeples of four of Hamburg's old churches
|Looking downstream the Elbe river|
|Alter Kaiserschuppen in the 1920ies on top of which Elphi was built. |
Note the Greenwich ball on top of the tower coming down once a day announcing noon exactly.
The dial below shows the tidal height in Hamburg harbour.
|Before the start of the concert: introducing Haydn's Schöpfung|
While only a life concert will give a transparency of sound you will never achieve at home with the most perfect HiFi installation it is known that the sound of an orchestra in a too big concert hall may "fall apart" in particular when the hall is empty. Therefore the too small seats in Elphi were formed and stuffed in such a way that it makes little difference to the acustics whether a seat is occupied or not.
|Before the pause following the first and second part of Haydn's Creation conductor Hengelbrock|
and the three solo singers Raphael, Uriel, and Gabriel are bowing to the public sitting in the back.
|At the end: final applause for Uriel and Adam |
with Hengelbrock blowing kisses to Eve.
|The NDR choir. Note the people sitting in the back of orchestra, choir, and solo singers.|
The following day Red Baron went to the Elphi plaza around lunch time for a day view over Hamburg and the Elbe river.
|Approaching Elphi from the side. It was a foggy day.|
|Looking downstream the Elbe river. Compare with the night photo above.|
|View in the direction of the Neustadt. |
The steeple of St. Michaelis, Hamburg's older and other landmark, is barely visible.