“Stendhal’s syndrome or Florence syndrome is a psychosomatic disorder that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations when an individual is exposed to an experience of great personal significance, particularly viewing art.” (Wikipedia)
The opening of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie yesterday evening still reverberates under my skin.
Hamburg syndrome I’d call it today.
Unfortunately, I wasn’t sitting beneath Angela in the magnificent Großer Saal designed by Yasuhisa Toyota, but I had the chance to experience the Magic on the web.
How many times did You hear – or listened – to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ? I heard it millions of times, I’ve rarely listened to it. Yesterday it simply overwhelmed me.
Twenty five minutes of Beauty. You can get the kick here. It’s worth.
But it’s not only about the music, it’s not only about the architecture, not even only about Toyota’s extraordinary skills… what has found a way to crawl under my skin and through my bones and nerves, was the perception of the ability of human beings being capable of such an extraordinary achievement.
2016 seems to me as one of the most miserable years in recent history, and having the privilege of experiencing – even from far away – such an event, gives me a glimmer of hope.
Some people will think or say “What the hell, with all the drama the world is experiencing, this is all bullshit. All this money could have been invested somewhere else…”
If I may, let me say – and hope – that Beethoven’s words of Joy and Brotherhood spread among this rich and influential parterre in this amazing framework, could be like seeds carried by the wind. At worse, nothing will change. At best, who has the power – and the money – perhaps now has a chance to wake up.
“Wem der große Wurf gelungen,
eines Freundes Freund zu seyn;
wer ein holdes Weib errungen,
mische seinen Jubel ein!“