Kyung Wha Chung: Was the Festival Hall acoustic to blame?main
Fiona Maddocks casts a fresh dimension on last week’s concert disaster, when the Korean violinist was heard to rebuke a coughing child and/or its parents.
Fiona wonders whether Kyung Wha overreacted because she wasn’t used to the hall’s acoustic, which has changed measurably in the dozen years since she last played. She has a point. The acoustic is more variable, less secure.
That doesn’t excuse the soloist’s conduct, but other artists should be aware that, on the RFH stage, what you think you hear is not necessarily what resonates. It’s a tricky recital venue.
Read Fiona here.