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Herzog and de Meuron Bring Back NYC Landmark Room

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On the afternoon I visited, operatic soprano Lauren Flanigan gave living proof of the room's extraordinary acoustics. Dubbed "the thinking man's diva" and a favorite of contemporary composers, Flanigan chose to sing little-known works by Kurt Weill. Her voice, together with Weill's music, were the perfect litmus test for the newly reopened room. On one hand, she explored Weill's haunting textures and sonic ambiguity with great delicacy, forging a powerful sense of intimacy with her audience. At the same time, the pure might of her voice set the Herter Brothers's delicate plasterwork buzzing, bringing uproarious new life to the venerable old room. 

All photos Courtesy Paul Clemence



Robert Landon writes about architecture, design and the arts and their social functions in the contemporary world. His work has appeared in the Brooklyn Rail, Dwell, the Los Angeles Timesand many other publications. For more info, please visit www.robert-landon.com.

Paul Clemence is an award-winning photographer whose work is part of many collections, including the Mies van der Rohe Archives and housed by MoMA, New York.  He exhibits both in the U.S. and on the international fine art circuit, from classic B & W prints to large scale photo installations. A published author, his work can also be seen in major design and lifestyle publications. His “Architecture Photography” Facebook page receives over half a million hits monthly.

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