Before moving into the Elbphilharmonie, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock and his NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester performed a “Brahms Marathon” with all four symphonies of the Hamburg-born composer in the historic Laeiszhalle. Brahms’ music has always played an important role in the history of the orchestra, whose defining interpretations of the symphonies by Brahms and Bruckner have become the ensemble’s artistic hallmark. The orchestra, founded in 1945, was led by outstanding conductors such as Günter Wand, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnanyi. Since 2011, chief conductor Thomas Hengelbrock is in charge of continuing the NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester’s history. In the bonus program ''Discovering Brahms'', Thomas HengelbrockRead more offers interesting background information on all four symphonies. “The evening was more than worth it” (Hamburger Abendblatt).
German conductor Thomas Hengelbrock has been music director of the NDR Orchestra since 2011. Previous conductors included Günter Wand, Christoph Eschenbach and Christoph von Dohnanyi. It is a fine orchestra and presents noble performances of these masterpieces, and the concerts have been filmed with the camera always in the right places. Audio is excellent. Surely these will not replace the finest of the numerous competing versions, but historically they perhaps are important. A bonus is a 45-minute discussion with the conductor about Brahms and his music. The interview is in German, but subtitles are provided. An unusual, and welcome, issue!