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Re: You had to be there...
Actually, you can say the live experience is better when it involves any work, not just the Mahler Second. But this claim has almost always intrigued me. Is live always better than recorded? Letís say youíre in a concert hall to hear Mahlerís 2nd or at the ballet to see/hear Prokofievís Rome and Juliet. Ah, what a great experience you expect to have. Right? What happens if youíre seated far off to the right or left, or way in the back or somewhere far off in the balconyóin short, in a seat with a poor visual and aural perspective? Or letís say youíre in a good seat but near a person wearing a strong, annoying perfume, or youíre seated behind a tall fellow with perfectly straight posture whose head just happens to always shift to a spot that blocks your view. Or, letís say the guy behind you sneezes and itís January and you just got over a horrible cold. Or, letís say you get the perfect seat and midway through the concert you have to take a bathroom break and you canít hit pause on the remote as you can when youíre at home. How do these things factor into a live performance? I can say this: an excellent recording is nearly always better especially on video, though a live concert can occasionally surpass it under ideal circumstances.
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