2017 | 1(362) | 217-224
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Uroczysta inauguracja Elbphilharmonie - nowego symbolu Wolnego Miasta Hamburg

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The official opening of the Elbphilharmonie - a new symbol of the Free City of Hamburg
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The long awaited opening of the Elbphilharmonie, the new hall of the Hamburg philharmonic raised an avid interest not only among the inhabitants of this city. Indeed, the occasion turned out to be an event of a much larger scale and socio-cultural significance, important not just to music lovers in Germany and worldwide, but also prominent from the perspective of the prestige of the proud city of Hamburg. The solemn opening concert on January 11, 2017 was attended by many leading representatives of the world of politics, culture and business, as well as music lovers from Germany and abroad, journalists, music critics and correspondents from all over the world. On account of the flourish of the structure, its unique form, external circumstances and expectations concerning the acoustics, this impressive cultural project posed an immense architectural, technical and above all financial challenge. From the beginning it provoked doubts whether the work could be successfully completed, so when the construction was finally brought to an end, the satisfaction was all the greater. The object of the study is to present the conception of the entire enterprise and the various purposes that the building serves, with a focus on the merits of the Great Concert Hall and its acoustics. Also the first reactions and commentaries following the official opening of the new building are considered. From the numerous accounts it can be concluded that the Elbphilharmonie has undoubtedly become a new icon of the Free City of Hamburg.
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