Musikkens Hus’ opening a resounding success

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WP_000164Yesterday my husband and I had the enormous pleasure of attending the Aalborg Symphony Orchestra‘s opening concert at Musikkens Hus. It was sold out – all 1,298 seats (and then some – I’m pretty sure I saw a few added chairs at the end of a balcony row). The atmosphere was anticipatory and festive. Here we all were at the first official public concert in the new hall, a hall that has been planned for well over a decade (or two…or three).

It was almost enough to sit in the new seats and gaze arouWP_000159nd at the unique design and lighting created by the architects and acousticians. But then there was the music. Starting with Danish composer Niels Gade’s ‘Efterklange af Ossian’, the orchestra played with passion and energy. They stepped it up with Tchaikovsky’s Concert for Violin and Orchestra in D-major, which featured world-renowned Danish-Israeli soloist Nikolaj Znaider (we were close enough to see his fingers fly over his instrument and the beads of sweat collect on his brow), and finished with Elgar’s Enigma Variations. A standing ovation enticed conductor Rumon Gamba to request an encore of his players, which they gladly did – Elgar’s Enigma Variation IX (Adagio), also known as ‘Nimrod’. This piece has to be one of my favorites but I had never heard it played live. Starting softly, the piece builds to a swell and – at least for me – conjures significant emotion. I was nearly in tears, both times they played it. WP_000169

According to horn player Lauren Robinson, Musikkens Hus is one of the best concert halls she has ever played in (and that includes Carnegie Hall) and ‘it is especially wonderful when it is full of audience.’ We are privileged to live in a city that paid for such attention to detail that its orchestra members can say that – and that supports an orchestra made up of such a talented group of musicians.

For those readers who read Danish, here‘s a Danish blogger’s review of the concert.

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7 thoughts on “Musikkens Hus’ opening a resounding success

    Rachel said:
    April 1, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    What an experience, Sarah! I’m so glad you and Hendrik were there for it…and that you’ve shared it with the rest of us.

      sarahinjylland responded:
      April 4, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks, Rache. It was great. I feel very lucky I was able to attend…

    Vijay said:
    April 4, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks for the post, having seen the event from inside. I was there, but mere outside. It was an amazing fireworks show in the night.

      sarahinjylland responded:
      April 4, 2014 at 5:25 pm

      Thanks for your comment, Vijay. Yes – it was fantastic. I didn’t get to see the fireworks but I could certainly hear them! Glad you enjoyed them.

    Sarah said:
    November 6, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    Hi Sarah,
    I loved reading your blogpost. I’m looking forward to go to a concert at musikkens hus next year. Just wrote a blogpost bout the building. Hope to get the chance to enjoy the acoustic inside of it 🙂

    Much love,
    (also) Sarah

      sarahinjylland responded:
      November 6, 2014 at 7:49 pm

      Thanks, Sarah. Great name! 😉 It is a great place to hear music. Enjoy!

    […] rolls and cake. On March 29, 2014 Musikkens Hus opened with a fantastic inaugural concert (see my post about it). A year later, the staff and administration of the hall and residents of Aalborg and its […]

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