Tuesday, April 5, 2011

ABC Wednesday: L is for Laeiszhalle

The Laeiszhalle is the biggest concert hall in Hamburg and one of my favourite buildings. It was built after the shipowner Carl Laeisz (who owned for example the Pamir and the Passat) left 1.2 million Mark to the city of Hamburg, asking that a concert hall should be built.
Two reliefs show Händel, who lived and worked in Hamburg for some time and Brahms, who was born here.

I've been to the Laeiszhalle for the first time when they showed the 1925 Phantom of the Opera, with the original score played by a full orchestra - it was amazing.
There's room for 2023 people in the main hall, which you can see Here and there are several smaller rooms. It also houses a museum where you can try out various instruments.
Laeisz is pronounced similar to the English lies, with a sharp s, but to make things easier, you can just say Musikhalle and everyone will know what you are talking about.

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