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Re: [ARSCLIST] How not to record- was mike- an orchestra
Steven Smolian wrote:
Bravo! I've seen and heard this this countless times. The conductor,
should he be involved enough to be engaged in the recording and editing
process (not all are), has virtual veto power over the producer and
often tries to rectreate the listening experience as heard from the podium.
The conductor's involvement in recording and playback varies with the
person, of course. I have only one case in point to offer: Erich
Leinsdorf. I had occasion to see and to hear his system in Boston about
1962. I had just moved up to AR3s - and he was using AR2s, not even 2xs.
His amplification, cartridge and turntable were of K-Mart quality. The
result was not badly distorted but certainly not capable of reproducing
the detail in even the LPs he had conducted.
Let me commend to anyone who has not seen it "The Golden Ring", now on
EMI DVD. It documents the recording of the second half of
Götterdämmerung; the interaction between Solti and Culshaw is only one
of the fascinating stories. Note that for Culshaw's intentions, many
mikes were required with a musically capable engineer to manage the board.