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“Superb”

Kolner Philharmonie
Reviewed November 6, 2012

We enjoyed a midday concert here we had no time for more.But even this short experience gave us much joy.The site is realy wonderful as were the musicians.great experience.

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Reviewed September 1, 2012

the "Kölner Philharmonie"is one of the most exciting concerthalls in europe.
build as a closed kind of Amphitheater the audience surrounds the stage,the acoustics excellent.
From classic,jazz.pop,performance the best interpreters join this place and mostly want to come back again.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

Although the philharmonie does not look much from the outside, it is really pretty inside and the acoustics were good too.

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Reviewed February 6, 2012

On your way to a concert here you'll likely see a half dozen policemen cordoning off a plaza nearby. This is because the concert hall is underneath it, and even the slightest footfall, let alone the odd skate board, competes with the music. This venue has been plagued with design flaws like this from the day it was opened.

During a recent performance here, right in the middle of the Schumann piano concerto, management had to calm some nerves as the audience had begun to panic. Seems like there was a gas leak somewhere. The Official Story given out was that an idling diesel locomotive on Track One in the neighboring railway station was sending exhaust fumes down an A/C intake. Nice try, but nobody bought it: The smell of gas is pretty unmistakable.

There's more bumpy spots ahead. When a new subway line is (finally) completed, it's been determined that concert-goers will be treated to an enhanced percussion section on account the clickity-clack from passing trains.

I've been fortunate enough to hear some extraordinary music performed here. The acoustics, as another reviewer noted, are really superb. And the Mother Ship interior is comfy, welcoming, and refined. This is in contrast to pedestrian access to the Philharmonie itself, which has for years been compromised by unsafe detours, very bad lighting, and dangerous traffic.

I regret to say that The City of Cologne deserves all too well its reputation, established since at least the 'seventies, as one of Europe's worst-run municipalities. And there is a good deal of competition for this distinction. One need only recall what happened just a mile or so from the Philharmonie : A subway tunnel under construction collapsed, killing some people, and destroying the city archive, effectively dumping a millennium of history into a deep, damp pit. Three years after the fact, no one's been able to determine the cause or establish responsibility.

Yes, the Philharmonie is a wonderful venue where one hears world-class artists. Trouble is, it's in the wrong town.

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Reviewed August 20, 2011

Even if the orchestra is on vacation, don't overlook that other kinds of events are presented here. I saw Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater here in August, 2011. Because I didn't hear a live orchestra, I can't comment on that experience here.

This is an unusual, modern concert hall, in the form of an indoor amphitheater. It looks (inside) kind of like a medium-sized rock-and-roll arena. But the acoustics were designed for live music. There's a lot of walking to get to your seat, and I suspect that seat choices for handicapped patrons may be limited. It's an attractive theater, but I wouldn't list it as a landmark of modern architecture.

The hall is a very short walk from the cathedral, Roman art museum, and Ludwig modern art museum. You might be able to avoid the steps by walking down the sloping public streets, instead of the shortest route from the public plaza by the cathedral, through the tunnel of the Roman museum, and down many steps.

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