Zürich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus

Country: Switzerland (Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Svizera)
Canton: Zürich
City: Zürich
Location: General-Guisan-Quai (formerly: Alpenquai)

Concert hall, built 1893-1895 as "Tonhalle" by Ferdinand Fellner & Hermann Helmer. Opened 19-22 Oct 1895 with Brahms's "Triumphlied" and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. The complex comprsied three halls: "Hauptsaal", also known as "Großer Tonhallensaal" (1546 seats), "Kleiner Saal" (600 seats), and "Pavillon" (900 seats). 1938 partly demolished (towers, auditorium decoration and "Pavillon" building completely destroyed), re-built as congress hall "Kongresshaus" by Häfeli/Moser/Steiger. 1977-1979 rebuilding of musicians' rooms, addition of a new glass tower between the old building and the new congress hall buildings by Peter Steiger. 2017-2020 major restoration. Home to the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich.

Notable world premieres:

  • Frank Martin: Le vin herbé (concert performance, 26 Mar 1942)
  • Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen (at Kleiner Saal, 25 Jan 1946)

Link: www.kongresshaus.ch, www.tonhalle-orchester.ch, Wikipedia

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Front Text: "Tonhalle am Alpenquai - Gruss aus Zürich"
Publisher: Verlag Hch. Schlumpf, Winterthur, Nr. 337
Type: Undivided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Zürich to Elsterburg (Germany), 1897

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Front Text: "Tonhalle - Gruss aus Zürich"
Publisher: Gebr. Künzli, Zürich
Type: Hold-to-Light Card; Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Zürich to Ludwigsburg (Germany), 1902

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Front Text: "Zürich - Tonhalle"
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: from Zürich to Marienbad (= Mariánské Lázne, Czech Republic), 1904

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Front Text: "Tonhalle Zürich", "Grosser Konzertsaal"
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Front Text: "Zürich", "Der grosse Tonhallensaal"
Publisher: Gebr. Wehrli, Bendlikon-Zürich; 2895
Type: Undvided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Front Text: "Zürich, Tonhalle"
Publisher: Photo- und Karten-Centrale, Zürich
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Picture: right: Tonhalle
Front Text: "Zürich, Alpenquai"
Handwritten Teverse Text: dated 18 June 1917
Publisher: Carl Künzli-Tobler, Zürich; 5428
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Sent: to Tannheim (Germany) [stamp and postmark removed]

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Front Text: "Zürich, Tonhalle"
Type: Real Photo
Size: Modern
Sent: from Zürich to Tannheim (Germany), 1933

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Picture: after the 1938 rebuilding
Front Text: "Zürich, Kongresshaus"
Publisher: Verlag Beringer & Pampaluchi, Zürich; Z 8592
Type: Real Photo
Size: Modern
Not sent.

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Picture: after the 1938 rebuilding
Front Text: "Kongresshaus Zürich, Partie des Konzert-Foyer"
Publisher: L. M. Köhler, Papiere & Druck, Bern; DNr. 2576 / 10.44
Type: Real Photo
Size: Classic
Not sent.

[Zuerich: Tonhalle / Kongresshaus] Picture: after the 1938 rebuilding
Reverse Text: "Kongresshaus Zürich, Konzert-Foyer"
Publisher: L. M. Köhler, Papiere & Druck, Bern; DNr. 2576 / 7.44
Type: Divided Back
Size: Classic
Not sent.


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