CONCERT HALLS: A COMPARISON

RECORDINGS FROM THE ANECHOIC CHAMBER

Konzertsäle im Vergleich BRSO (c) BR

Our recordings from the anechoic chamber make it possible to place isolated instruments in different concert halls. In every case the acoustical simulation merely approximates the sound in the actual hall. Even so, we can hear how different the same instrument can sound in different spaces with regard to timbre, focus and definition. Nor is it necessarily the case that one hall is best for all instruments. But decide for yourself.

For comparison purposes we present the acoustics in a typical shoebox-style hall (Amsterdam Concertgebouw), a vineyard-style architecture (Berlin Philharmonie) and, as an extra “colour”, the equally celebrated Festival Hall in Baden-Baden.

Sound sample: violin

Sound sample: string duo

Sound sample:  trumpet

Sound sample: viola