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Re: Live performance versus recordings
Posted by Rob McKenzie on September 5, 2017, 1:45 am, in reply to "Live performance versus recordings"
dieter, your interesting post raised a number of questions for me.
The first concerned 'Davis' near hour long verbal elaboration of the work in the first half'. I don't enjoy being lectured from the concert platform when I've paid money to hear MUSIC, especially (but not only) when it's standard repertoire. I was in an audience where a respected British conductor (now deceased) lectured us prior to conducting Beethoven's Fifth Symphony! Surely the onus is on anyone unfamiliar with the music to do a spot of pre-concert research on the their own behalf.
My second question is to ask myself what I would do with 64 recordings of one work in my collection. I'm sure the vast majority of them would be heard just once and only the top 4 or 5 would be played with any degree of regularity. I love great music, but there are only so many hours in the day and so many other things of interest!
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