Rastatt, Germany (January 17, 2017)—German public broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) recorded and broadcast a concert by its Elbphilharmonie Symphony Orchestra at the new Big Concert Hall in Hamburg using a Lawo mc266 audio production console.
Following a construction period lasting 10 years, the Big Concert Hall opened with a concert by the NDR Elbphilharmonie Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Thomas Hengelbrok on January 11, 2017. NDR broadcast the festive event and concert live to a combined TV and radio audience and via its website.
Sound for both live transmission and recording were mixed in the NDR audio control room within the Elbphilharmonie facilities. The studio forms part of an audio concept that networks this mc266 console with five further Lawo mc236 consoles, used for the sound mix in the Big and the Small Concert Hall and in Hall 3, as well as DALLIS I/O Systems, via a Nova73 router using RAVENNA. This infrastructure allows all audio consoles to have access to the DALLIS units in the building, and gives coordinated access rights management. For parallel live broadcasts from multiple halls, this concept allows the link-up of an NDR OB van — currently NDR Ü42 — with the Ravenna network in the Elbphilharmonie complex.
Celebrated soloists Pavol Breslik, Sir Bryn Terfel and Philippe Jaroussky, as well as the choirs of the NDR and the Bavarian public broadcaster, presented a musical program that included works from Ludwig van Beethoven, Benjamin Britten, Bernd Alois Zimmermann, and Richard Wagner, as well as the premiere of a piece by contemporary composer Wolfgang Rihm. Among the many guests of honor for the première were Germany’s President, Joachim Gauck, Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hamburg’s Governing Mayor Olaf Scholz.