Munich – After around three years of planning and construction, the heart of the system is now ready. With the world premiere of the symphonic poem “Arising Dances” by Thierry Escaich on Friday evening, the Munich Philharmonic opened the Isarphilharmonie in Munich. Mayor Dieter Reiter had previously said in his speech and raved about a sensational project that he was happy that the city could and wanted to afford the new Gasteig HP8 cultural area, including the concert hall.
The building, built using a wooden modular construction method, is actually an interim solution for a few years until the actual Gasteig cultural center is renovated. 1,800 guests not at all Around 1,800 guests not at all.
Acoustics impress the guests
The acoustics created by Yasuhisa Toyota particularly impressed the guests, as did the orchestra and chief conductor Valery Gergiev before. The instruments unite clearly and transparently to form a whole, even very quiet passages were wonderful to hear. For the audience, a feeling as if they were sitting very close to the musicians.
With their program, the orchestra and the Philharmonic Choir sounded out the acoustics of the hall, for example with “Métaboles” (interplay) by Henri Dutilleux or Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis et Chloé”. Another highlight: the pianist Daniil Trifonov, who kicked off a cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4.
For the people of Munich, the new cultural area on a former factory site is an asset. A listed transformer hall with a gallery serves as the foyer to the Isarphilharmonie. In the light, spacious brick building, the city library offers books to borrow, there WILL be a bar and a café.
In addition, more buildings are being built, all of which should be finished by spring. They offer concert and event rooms, offices and rehearsal rooms, for example for the University of Music and Theater or the Munich Adult Education Center. Further dining options including a terrace are also planned.
Gasteig redevelopment: City is still looking for an investor
So far, these institutions in the east of Munich, in the Gasteig, were, according to their own statements, the largest cultural center in Europe. But the massive, red brick building urgently needs to be renovated. It is still unclear when the construction work will begin. The city is still looking for an investor.
The building should not be empty, however, the Munich government factions Greens – Pink List and SPD / Volt. You propose a cultural interim use, for example for the independent scene.
But now the opening concert in the new quarter was due on Friday evening – one of the first major events in Bavaria where the 3G plus rule applies. Visitors must be vaccinated, recovered, or have a negative PCR test. Therefor fields mask requirement and distance rules.