What Moscow’s new concert hall sounds like

What Moscow’s new concert hall sounds like


norman lebrecht

August 23, 2018

This is the acoustic audition by Mikhail Pletnev and the Russian National Orchestra.

The hall will be opened by Valery Gergiev on September 8. Riccardo Muti has cancelled the following night’s concert. He will be replaced by Pletnev.


  • BillG says:

    I’m trying to run down a technical issue.

    All I see on the above is the first sentence at the top of the page, followed by a lot of white space and this conclusion “The hall will be opened by Valery Gergiev on September 8. Riccardo Muti has cancelled the following night’s concert. He will be replaced by Pletnev.” at the bottom of the page. Nothing in between.

    Is there anything in between those two things?

    • buxtehude says:

      Preyaisident’ Pooteen yis repit such-lahved Blueberry Heel jez piss.

    • BillG says:

      Here’s what Mozilla says –
      The video in the article at the top is embedded from Facebook. Could you:
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  • Olassus says:

    Muti is learning Shosty “Babi Yar” for Sept. 21 in Chicago, and resting.

    • BillG says:

      Thank you. Now I have to figure out why it’s not showing on my screen. Feh.

      • RODNEY GREENBERG says:

        If you allow your computer time, the white space should be filled with a downloaded one-minute video of the last bars of Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture.The one microphone is almost certainly a primitive gizmo on the camera, at the rear of the hall, thus providing not the slightest evidence of what the “acoustic” actually sounds like.

        • BillG says:

          This page has been opened for about five minutes and the video has shown up. I am using Firefox. When I try it on MS Edge, it pops right up.

          • RODNEY GREENBERG says:

            Good for MS Edge. I’m on Apple. Chrome opened it pretty smartly.

          • HRBmus says:

            I have the same effect frequently, and it involves FireFox. Not sure if this is an issue with an Adobe Flash (which I suspect it is) or a certain javascript, but the workaround is to use Chrome, or another browser.

  • Mark says:

    I’m sure Gergievs buddy putin helped finance it with state money . What a boring looking monstrosity

  • MacroV says:

    Moscow already has three major concert halls – the Conservatory, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, and the International House of Music. The first two are fantastic, the third not bad. Was there really need for a fourth?

  • A Nonny Mouse says:

    Can see it on my screen, but there’s no sound. Or is that the point?

    • Fritz Curzon says:

      Hover over the bottom right corner of the picture to find the volume control and slide the white dot up. Also check that your laptop/computer speakers are turned up.