Latest on Forbes: Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie Opens. A Soundcheck of its Recital Hall and G.F.Haas' "Release" reviewed.
Photo courtesy Elbphilharmonie, © Thies Rätzke (2016)
This review over on Forbes focuses on the easily neglected, smaller "Recital Hall" and the Haas premiere that took place therein. A review of the 'main event' and Great Hall will be forthcoming.
...At about the same time, the same wandering sensation struck my seat neighbor, a dignified elder(ly) lady. She realized, coincidentally with me, that the electronic sounds raining down on us were in fact created by string players that huddled, in small groups, on the outer walking path above the wooden shell. Darkness-shrouded, blending in with the black ceiling. This discovery prompted a whispered remark and question to her husband, while being absorbed by the going-ons.
“Shut your trap now, if you will!”, snarled the person sitting in front of us at her, in a tone distinctively south of civil and audible to every other audience member.
The lady had just gotten upbraided by the composer himself...
...Also well played was the even more obvious physical reference to a particular historical model in creating here, with Release, a reverse Farewell Symphony. Instead of Joseph Haydn (Haas-compatriot and patron saint of chamber music) having his desk-by-desk disappearing musicians symbolize their desire to go home, Haas here writes a music that is calling for a new beginning with musicians joining and wanting to come to work and to get started already. A very charming touch.