»The result was amazing, even for optimists. It sounded like a new orchestra. The strings suddenly sounded warm and harmonious. The overall sound was well balanced …«
Uwe Steiner, music critic, hifi & records magazine
Pit of the Teo-Otto-Theatre, Remscheid
The Teo-Otto-theatre was built in 1945 and is known not only for its atmospheric and intimate architecture but also for its acoustics which are unsuited for music performances. It makes the sounds coming from the orchestra sound blunt, unbalanced and exaggeratedly rough.
After a successful test installation, the Verein der Orchesterfreunde financed through donations a Ignatius resonance floor for the orchestra pit which was introduced during two performances of Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” on May 25 and 26, 2007.
The special feature here was that the first performance took place without the help of the Ignatius resonance floor but the second with it. The before and after comparison was completely convincing!
In his article about this event, music critic Uwe Steiner worte in “hifi &records”:
»The result was amazing, even for optimists. It sounded like a new orchestra. The strings suddenly sounded warm and harmonious. The overall sound was well balanced, round and rich in overtones but remained the same in volume and had become much more transparent. It was not until now, some musicians said, that they felt able to produce beautiful tones. The musical director, Romely Pfund voiced a similar euphoric opinion as did the members of the Verein der Orchesterfreunde.«