The Czech Philharmonic, one of the world's truly renowned orchestras, calls the Rudolfinum "home", and it's not hard to see why. For starters, it's close to the Charles Bridge, so you know you're in a great location. Secondly, its historical importance, having been built by musical entrepreneurs toward the end of the nineteenth century and named by them in honour of the Habsburg Archduke Rudolph. Thirdly, and architecturally, the vast internal spaces, the sheer detail of the decoration (lavish gold friezes, soaring architraves and arches) and the unbelievably high ceilings with no columns to mar the sightlines. But the acoustics! The acoustics on the night we attended a concert of what I'd call "classical lollipops" (Mozart's "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik"; Bach's "Air on a G String"; Pachelbel's "Canon"; three pieces by local son Antonin Dvorak; and some Vivaldi (the ubiquitous "Four Seasons") and Brahms (one of his "Hungarian Dances") were stunning, on a par (I'd say) with those of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. So it's a classical music lover's delight AND a proper tourist highlight of Prague in its own right. Don't miss it!
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