Just in: Munich cancels hall

Just in: Munich cancels hall


norman lebrecht

February 02, 2023

The city of Munich has called off a general renovation of the Gasteig cultural centre after none of the submissions met the necessary criteria.

The Gasteig, opened in 1985, is unncomfortable, old-fashioned and acoustically dim.

It is the home of the Munich Philharmonic but innthepast two yearsthe rchestra has been playing in the prefabbricated Isarphilharmonie, which sits 1,800 and seems to suit all purposes.


  • Peter says:

    Rattle won’t like that.

  • Matthias says:

    For clarity: They didn’t find any investors that met the criteria.

  • gasteig is good .. says:

    thanks god ! it was a megalomanic idea. NOW they should ONLY rework the hall, and maybe build one extra stage (Probebühne), somewhere in the building .. that s all they need ..

  • Djeedoo says:

    You are wrong, the renovation is not cancelled! Yesterday at the press conference in munich for Lahav Shani the polititians said, that the hall will be renovated. The financing model will be changed. Thats it!!!

    • La plus belle voix says:

      Quite. Thank you for presenting the clear facts, not the alternative ones.

    • Lausitzer says:

      Read the last paragraph of this…

      Nice machine translation: »For Reiter it is clear: You will have to consider whether you can make progress with the previous concept or think about what might not be realized – “even if that would of course always cause a huge uproar”.«

      And “making progress” would mean: Allocating much more than 450 millions. One comment was that already 30 percent would have to be added to this budget while nothing has started yet at all.

    • Concertgebouw79 says:

      I’am always surprise on the debats about Munich that people forget that there’s a fantastic place in that city, the Hercules Hall. OK it’s not very big and it’s not the first place you would like to hear the Alpine Symphony but it’s important to conitune to do concerts there. i know that Mariss liked this place so much.

  • pieter van winkel says:

    quiz: how many spelling mistakes does the above text contains?

  • Gustavo says:

    That’s why they’re hiring Shani.

    What a laugh!

  • William Osborne says:

    Sobering to realize that a poorly designed hall can cause decades of damage. Also saddening to think that the Munich Phil’s hall was destroyed during WWII–along with its massive organ. It took until 1985, 40 years later, for the hall to be replaced by the Gasteig. And now 38 years after that, they are still hoping to fix the new hall’s abysmal acoustics. A 78 year history of misfortune rippling out of the insanity of war.

  • Concertgebouw79 says:

    The Bavarian Barbican.