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Re: Vinyl Rattle
Edited by board administrator March 1, 2017, 10:54 am
Thank you for providing that link, Dominy. Yes; the clips sound fine but are so brief that they do not necessarily contradict Geoff's impression of the performances as a whole; furthermore, I assume, this being the BPO's own niche label, that they must be taken from this Direct-to-Disc LP release, as they surely cannot be from the 2008 Warner live recordings. I was surprised to read that that not only were they recorded live in front of a Philharmonie audience - you can hear some coughing even in the clips - but that they didn't reveal that in case reverse psychology applied and aggravated the impulse to cough. Apparently these are from a general rehearsal and two performances given within four weeks of each other and thus allowing the engineers three chances to obtain an acceptable recording of each movement.
Obviously this is a fascinating experiment, given that the last time analogue direct-to-disc recordings were made was before the advent of magnetic tape as standard seventy years ago. Presumably these must also have been recorded digitally and will eventually be issued much more cheaply in digital form once the limited edition of 1833 (Brahms' birth year) copies have been sold; I don't know.
I find this audiophile experiment of interest but am not an LP adherent and would not in any case spend that type of money on a recording of the Brahms symphonies when, as Geoff observes, there are already so many great recordings in decent sound.
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