Thursday, October 04, 2007

This paper is a lot of fun

It ranks concert halls by acoustical quality. Concert halls are, after all, a type of real estate.

http://www.leoberanek.com/pages/eightyeighthalls.pdf.

I agree with the Boston ranking. But I think San Francisco (now) has a nice hall, and am surprised it does so badly. Three halls I like not mentioned here are the new Strathmore Hall in North Bethesda, Maryland (so shoot me, I'm a homer, but it really is good), Uihlein Hall in Milwaukee, and Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Perhaps I am especially fond of the last, because it was my first "real" concert hall. I was 15, I think, and I remember hearing Martha Argerich play the Chopin F-minor Piano concerto with the Minnesota Orchestra. It was amazing.

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