I am a lawyer, born and reared in the Twin Cities. Family is everything to me. My mother I adore and my father I worship (my father is also a lawyer). I have two older brothers whom I love dearly: one, 39, is married and has a young son and daughter and works as a financial analyst; the other is 36 and single and works as a civil engineer. My brothers and I were dispersed for years while being schooled and while establishing careers (Boston, Palo Alto, London, New York; Ames, Fort Collins, Denver; Princeton, Vienna, Washington, D.C., Boston), but we are all home now—and, it is my hope, we are all home for good. The newest member of my family is Joshua, whom I met in Washington while I was in my last year of law school and while Josh was in his last year of undergraduate studies. We immediately became inseparable and have faced the world together practically from the day we met. We have recently returned to the Twin Cities from Boston, where Josh gained his Juris Doctor. We have many interests and participate in numerous and diverse activities, yet we are mostly homebodies, playing sports, reading history tomes (and passionately discussing them) and spending time with family.
Stunning interior! I've never been there, however. I'm curious: In what way(s) is the sound of the hall superior to that of the Musikvereinsaal?ReplyDelete
The Dallas hall has greater clarity than the hall in Vienna, and yet the sound still retains warmth and presence.ReplyDelete
In Vienna, low frequencies are emphasized, and high frequencies are minimized. This is one of the factors that gives the hall its famous glow.
In Dallas, low frequencies are clear, mid-range frequencies are clear, and high frequencies are clear. The same is true of the hall in Minneapolis, but the sound in Minneapolis—quite excellent—is dry compared to the sound in Dallas.
If you recall, one of the pieces I heard in Dallas was Verdi’s Four Sacred Pieces, portions of which involve a chorus singing a cappella. Sound in the a cappella passages filled the hall, even when the chorus was singing pianissimo.
I had expected the a cappella passages to get lost in the hall, body and presence disappearing (the number of singers was not large). In fact, the a cappella passages were as clear and had the same carrying power and richness as the passages with both chorus and orchestra.
I was dumbfounded at the time. (Of course, because of the perfection of the hall’s sound, one could also hear all sorts of microtones, as the chorus—not particularly good—saw its pitch trend downward whenever orchestral support was removed.)
Thank you. I don't think that underappreciated qualities of greatness can be overstated.ReplyDelete
What is your opinion of the acoustics of Jones Hall in Houston?ReplyDelete
The one time I was there, I thought the sound was swampy.