I attended a super performance of the Resurrection Symphony in Birmingham last week conducted by Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Like many of us, I have too many recordings of that work and I doubt whether a recording of what I heard would stand comparison with my favourites, but I could not have enjoyed it more, live.
I suspect that both large-scale works and chamber music can be supremely successful in recordings but that can have quite a lot to do with the engineering, microphone balance, etc. In the end, nothing beats a pair of ears listening to a live performance - but |I am so grateful for al the music we can "consume" at home.
I think the important thing to retain is that while recordings of live events sometimes capture their magic, attending live concerts and armchair listening are very different experiences
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