Music: Better for Talk than Music

Long before it was built, Manhattan's new Philharmonic Hall was pronounced an acoustical masterpiece. Only the greatest elements of the world's greatest halIs would be used, the promises ran. Philharmonic Hall would be the quintessence of greatness. Now that the hall has been open for three months, the critics have had ample time to listen to its music. Studied in concert, their varying conclusions ring with a kind of atonal discord. The new Philharmonic Hall, they have reported on one occasion or another, is confused, honest, imbalanced, weak, loud, intimate, percussive, dry. mushy,...

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