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World's 15 most beautiful concert halls

By CNN Staff
March 3, 2014 -- Updated 0953 GMT (1753 HKT)
Building data company Emporis has released a list of the world's most spectacular concert halls.<!-- -->
</br>The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, has "fluid forms that contrast to the rigid, monumental architecture you normally find in Baku."
President Ilham Aliyev, who officially opened the building on May 10, 2012, named the building after his late father, Heydar Aliyev, who was also a president of Azerbaijan. <strong>Architect:</strong> Zaha Hadid Architects. Building data company Emporis has released a list of the world's most spectacular concert halls.
The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, has "fluid forms that contrast to the rigid, monumental architecture you normally find in Baku." President Ilham Aliyev, who officially opened the building on May 10, 2012, named the building after his late father, Heydar Aliyev, who was also a president of Azerbaijan. Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects.
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Heydar Aliyev Center (Azerbaijan)
Kilden Performing Arts Centre (Norway)
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts (U.S.)
Philharmonie (Germany)
Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín (Spain)
Cidade das Artes (Brazil)
Esplanade Concert Hall (Singapore)
El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Spain)
Harpa (Iceland)
MUMUTH (Austria)
National Centre for Performing Arts (China)
Sage Gateshead (UK)
Uppsala Konsert & Kongress (Sweden)
Walt Disney Concert Hall (United States)
Casa da Música (Portugal)
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Concert halls highlighted as visually beautiful buildings in new report
  • 15 buildings named, upcoming halls in construction also highlighted
  • United States and Spain both get two buildings listed

(CNN) -- As pretty on the eyes as they are dramatic on the ears.

That's how we should appreciate some of the world's concert halls, according to building data company Emporis.

The Hamburg-based company has put together a list of what it's calling the world's most spectacular concert halls.

"These days concert halls also have remarkable architecture, offering audiences a great show even before they have taken their seats," the report said.

"More and more concert halls are being built that stand out by virtue of their eye-catching shapes, colors and materials."

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It highlights the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, as an example of an "extraordinary" concert structure: "The white building's curved, wave-like shape makes it seem as if it has been 'poured' into the landscape."

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Berlin's Philharmonie building, completed in 1963, also makes the list, as do the Cidade das Artes in Rio de Janeiro and Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall.

The United States and Spain both get two entries -- Los Angeles' Walt Disney Concert Hall "has the appearance of curved metal plates piled into one other and which ... make the design look like an outlandish fantasy," the report said.

One surprising omission from the list of 15 is Sydney's famous Opera House. But it does get a mention in the report, illustrating how long some of these structures take to build.

The Sydney Opera House took 14 years to complete, and one concert hall in construction, Hamburg's Elbphilharmonie building, will be completed in 2016, nine years after having started.

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What concert halls do you think should be added to this list? Make your comments below.

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