vienna musikverein: GOLDEN hall

 

The Musikverein is perhaps the world’s most famous concert hall, owing particularly to the Vienna Philharmonic’s “New Year’s Concert”, which Mariss Jansons has already conducted twice. This rectangular hall provides seating for 2004 listeners and sets the gold standard for spatial acoustics even today. The Bavarian RSO gives concerts here on a regular basis, so the musicians are at home with the hall and its acoustics.

“The great thing about this hall is that you can make magic happen. You can risk a pianissimo and be rewarded. It’s worth going to extremes.” Natalie Schwaabe, flute

Statements of the musicians
Konzert des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Wien 2017 (c) BR/Peter Meisel
“Vienna’s concert hall is legendary. It sounds fully rounded, very soft with great warmth. It’s also accommodating: even if a detail doesn’t come off to complete perfection, you hardly notice because many things are made mellower by the acoustics.” – Anton Barachovsky, concertmaster
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Konzert in Wien (c) BR/Peter Meisel
“The Golden Hall is one of my favourite concert halls. True, the platform is narrow, but because of that all the musicians sit close together and the contact is fabulous. The sound is absolutely beautiful, natural and warm. Making music here becomes addictive.” – Stefan Tischler, tuba
Mariss Jansons Dirigent des Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (c) BR/Peter Meisel
“The sound on the concert platform should be as close as possible to the sound in the rest of the hall. The hall needs warmth; the sound must be beautiful; it must be able to vibrate; it needs sufficient reverberation time and must provide enough leeway to shape the music.” – Mariss Jansons
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks Konzert in Wien (c) BR/Peter Meisel
“One of the most beautiful concert halls in the world, also with regard to its sound. Here one can cultivate the softest hues. This hall makes everything ring out, even if you play on only three hairs of the bow.” – Franz Scheuerer, first violin
Konzert des Symphonieorchesters des Bayerischen Rundfunks in Wien 2017 (c) BR/Peter Meisel
“The great thing about this hall is that you can make magic happen. You can risk a pianissimo and be rewarded. It’s worth going to extremes.” – Natalie Schwaabe, flute
Exerpt of the rehearsal in 360°

Recording date: 30 January 2017.
Rachmaninow, “Symphonische Tänze”
Conductor: Mariss Jansons

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