Hamburg was a city of music. And Hamburg is a city of music. Hamburg has the Elbphilharmonie. The fantastic building on the banks of the river offers many different views of freedom—freedom of art, freedom of trade, freedom of the senses. Joachim Mischke takes us on an exhilarating journey through the past and present of a truly historic building. Unique photographs by Michael Zapf document the extraordinary building’s path from idea to reality. Hamburg has built a new landmark. Already unmistakable on the city skyline, its silhouette is also a symbol of Germany as a nation of culture. A symphony of beauty, an ode to the future.
JOACHIM MISCHKE studied music, journalism and English. He is the chief cultural reporter with the Hamburger Abendblatt newspaper. His journalistic passions include all aspects of Hamburg’s cultural and musical life. He has covered the building of the Elbphilharmonie right from the start. The author of numerous books, including ‘Hamburg Musik!’ (2008), he is also a member of the jury for the German Record Critics’ Award. MICHAEL ZAPF born in 1965, has been photographing his home town of Hamburg for 32 years. His photographs have appeared in newspapers, magazines and books. He has published numerous photography books on Hamburg and the north of Germany.