Leave it to Austrians to build one of the world's best concert halls more or less by accident. Vienna's Musikverein was constructed before architects had precise knowledge of acoustics, yet the concert space has optimal sound conditions. You haven't heard Netrebko or Riccardo Muti until you've heard them at the “Golden Hall.”
For the love of musicThe Musikverein is home to the "Society of Music Lovers," an association dedicated to the promotion of classical music since 1812. Their passion shows. International stars like Harnoncourt, Barenboim, and Argerich share the stage with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna Philharmonic.
Only as good as it soundsIn a city famous for classical music, the Musikverein carries a special responsibility. Viennese audiences demand an inspired program and excellence from musicians and venues. The Golden Hall, which holds about 2,000 people, more than lives up to expectations. Its unconventional rectangular layout ensures two conditions for great sound: quick reverberation and broad sound scattering.
A highlight at the Musikverein is the annual New Year's Concert. 50 million people follow the performance, making it is the world's most popular classical concert. With this many eyes and ears on the Musikverein, there is no room for error.