What if Hamburg’s time had finally come? For a long time, the Hanseatic capital remained in the shadow of the German capital and its charms were too little recognized in Europe. And yet Brahms’ birthplace possesses extraordinary beauty, and a remarkable quality of life. Its neighbourhoods (St. Georg’s, Eppendorf, Rothenburg or the sulphurous Reeperbahn where the Beatles took their first steps in the early 1960s) draw the cartography of a fascinating city.
But in Hamburg, a city located at the confluence of the Alster, Bille and Elbe rivers, it is the port that gives the pulse of human activity. The bustling warehouse district, known as the Speicherstadt, is bustling with life, and all music lovers now have eyes only for the sublime venue of the Elbphilharmonie which looks out over the river like the prow of a ship. It is precisely in this jewel of modern architecture (inaugurated in 2017) that we invite you to listen to two concerts by the mythical London Symphony Orchestra conducted by its new music director Antonio Pappano.
Vaughan-Williams and Rachmaninov are on the program, with concertos by Barber and Marsalis played by two great soloists, trumpeter Alison Balsom and the great violinist Janine Jansen. In addition, you can visit the famous workshops of Steinway and Sons, where the world’s most prestigious concert pianos are manufactured.