The 10 Best-Sounding Concert Halls in the World


Courtesy of Brian Eno...

https://www.businessinsider.sg/best-concert-halls-in-the-world-2016-10/
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Bang on in my opinion - I've been in at least half of these and they're all superb, Symphony Hall in Boston remains my favorite

Would be fun to do a list of smaller venues as well -- like Kingsway Hall in London and Jordan Hall in Boston
It should be no surprise to any fan of symphonic music that the "shoebox" design would have superior sonics. It’s been effective for hundreds of years. The newer concept designs listed in the article have not been reviewed yet.

It’s widely recognized that the performances by the Berlin Philharmonic in the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, an old church, had superior sonics to the modern Philharmonie concert hall.

Today’s acoustic engineers are hellbent on adding absorption, diffusion, and reflection panels decided by computer programs rather than trying the natural design and surfaces of the concert hall first. Granted, they have to deal with some crazy designs put forth by the architects.

Here in Philadelphia we have one of the worst designs (acoustically) of any concert hall in the US. It has negative reviews for sonics in newspapers and trade publications, and when a proposal was asked for to overhaul the acoustic design by a top engineering firm, it was rejected by the new board of directors.
It’s widely known that the musicians hate the acoustics because they can’t hear each other due to overdamping.

I've heard them all , best are Concertgebouw in Amsterdam , Wigmore Hall in London and Ordway Music Hall in St.Paul , MN .Yes, St. Paul ,MN .
@schubert and @folkfreak , I truly envy you. Big mistake on my part not to take in some performances during visits to Europe.
I haven't been to many at all unfortunately, but the Opera House in Sydney, Aust is worth hearing.
The Kauffman Center has two wonderful sounding halls, especially Helzberg Hall, designed by Acoustician, Yasuhisa Toyota, from Nagoya Acoustics.  https://www.kauffmancenter.org
Severance Hall in Cleveland is great sounding hall and it is an art deco masterpiece
Village Vanguard NYC. The greatest concert hall for jazz in the world.
My wife and I have enjoyed concerts in #1, #2 and #3 on the list from that article, and concur.  We took a quick weekend trip to Boston, heard Anne-Sophie Mutter and the Boston Symphony Orchestra with the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto played at the concert.  I have a really nice audio system at home, but it sure doesn't sound like "being there".
The Wigmore Hall in London is a trully exceptional hall especially for piano an chamber recitals. I love it and I have to travel from Scotland. Shows how fond I am of it.