BB-8 1,939 Posted June 15, 2021 Share Posted June 15, 2021 14 minutes ago, Marian Schedenig said: I think the Philharmonie doesn't have the best reputation regarding acoustics, so you may be referring to that. But generally, yes, an empty concert hall will sound very different than a full one, with much more reverb, but assuming that it's built properly for the intended sound, the acoustics when full should produce the best sound, and the acoustics when empty will be problematic - e.g. too much reverb, which might in turn necessitate slower tempi, etc. The Berlin Phil's acoustics are presumably outdated but generally still have a better reputation than the state-of-the-art Elbphilharmonie which apparently put Riccardo Muti and the Chicago off for good. It's got to do with the Karajan-Maestro myth for whom the Berlin Phil was built in the early 70ties late 60ties or so. The East-German counterpart built in Leipzig around Kurt Mazur, the Gewandhaus, is more or less identical. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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