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Re: the new Chandos Delius string concertos
I've been having a listen via the Naxos Music Library site. This gives 'near CD quality' and isn't perfect, but does provide a decent enough idea of balance in my experience. As far as my 47 year-old ears can judge, this is a case of soloists (once again) balanced perhaps a little too closely in relation to the orchestra. All of the spectrum is there, but the main body of instruments is relatively distant. Bass 'carries' least and is the first to recede. First impressions are that these are indeed lovely performances, and I suspect Sir AD was also going for transparency of sound rather than trouser-flapping bass. I think you will also find that the basses (and lower instruments) are used fairly sparingly in quite a lot of the orchestration. I do agree though, a bit more oomph in the lower regions would help the harmonic clarity in this case, and there are some lovely bass lines which don't really sing as they might otherwise have done...
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