On Saturday night Koncerthuset, the Concert Hall of the Danish broadcasting company, Danmarks Radio, had its grand opening. At last! The concert hall has been delayed for months and months and ended up costing much more than any one had imagined (or perhaps some had, but anyways…) and in the end making it the universally most expensive concert hall built to date.
The Concert Hall was designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and looks absolutely stunning with its blue screen and the rock or meteor of the actual hall mysteriously semi-visible through the screen.
The interior reminds me a lot of the old concert hall that housed my first experiences with live music and which holds a special place in my heart. This connection makes me very happy.
My first experience of the hall will be on the 30th. My seat is behind the orchestra, and I am very curious as to how this will be. I normally prefer to be close to the orchestra and especially the soloists and I will be – close to their backs… We’ll see how it works out.
Here is Measha Brueggergosman singing Massenet’s L’Exstase de la Vierge.
By the way – as the minister for culture Carina Christensen held her inaugural speech saying that “the meteor has landed” (the most common nickname for the Concert Hall) an actual meteor was seen on the sky from Copenhagen and the Southern part of Sweden. Maybe that explains the astronomical figures the Concert Hall cost…