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  •  Carnegie Hall is better than Avery Fisher (1+ / 0-)
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    chingchongchinaman

    I heard both the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic in the same week a couple years ago. Both orchestras have had conductor changes since then, but I was most impressed with the sound in Philadelphia in the Verizon hall.

    I thought the sound in the Avery Fisher hall was a disaster, and the playing of the NYP was sloppy. Carnegie Hall has it's drawbacks, but sound is not one of them. So a visiting orchestra playing there has an advantage.

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    by Tuba Les on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 01:30:44 AM PST

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    •  oh, of course, absolutely (0+ / 0-)

      I'll admit, however, that when I recently saw the Budapest Festival Orchestra on tour there, they sounded pretty good in AFH, particularly upstairs in Rachmaninoff 2.  I think that Ivan Fischer has conducted there a number of times, both with the BFH and as a guest with the NY Phil, so he knows how to work the hall and get the best that he can out of it.

      Was Maazel conducting the NYP when you'd heard them a few years back?  I've only heard Maazel lead them once, and Gilbert with them not at all.  I've heard Gilbert as a guest conductor a few times way back here with the SLSO; OK, if not stupendous.

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      by chingchongchinaman on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 10:34:41 PM PST

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