BRSO Banner 2017 (c) BRSO/Bureau Mirko Borsche

Sound and Space

Is there such a thing as ideal acoustics?

We dedicate ourselves to this question and delve deeply into a topic that is as multi-faceted and complex as it is fascinating: the secret of the perfect sound.

Due to our future outlook, the question of the perfect acoustic has gained in importance and relevance to our orchestra and its audience. Preparations for the construction of Munich’s new concert hall, future focal point of our work, have entered a decisive stage. Therefore it is time to talk about the ideal acoustic conditions for our orchestra’s characteristic sound.

We wanted to examine this complex issue from all different angles and have worked together with acousticians, sound engineers and musicians to work out the secret of the perfect sound.


Mariss Jansons Dirigent des Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (c) BR/Peter Meisel

The acoustics of the stage at Herkulessaal

What does the orchestra sound like from Mariss Jansons’s vantage point? Amidst the first violins? Amongst the woodwind? We’ve placed our microphones at six spots on the concert platform and in the auditorium, giving you an opportunity to take a seat acoustically and listen around.

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Konzert des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Paris 2017 (c) BR/Peter Meisel


Mariss Jansons and his musicians gained vivid impressions of the sound and space in various halls by comparing them directly on their 2017 European tour. Here they tell us about their impressions. You can take a tour of four of the halls using our 360° A/V recordings.

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BRSO Wroclaw 2017 (c) BR/Peter Meisel

Interview with Mariss Jansons

“My sonic image is not engraved in stone; it’s the goal, of course, but I don’t make it immune to reality. Both my wish and reality evolve in rehearsal.”

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