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    Every sound engineer makes choices. This was certainly a choice...


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    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Every sound engineer makes choices. This was certainly a choice...

    What's happened to the recording?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    What's happened to the recording?
    Microphones are really far away from the singers. Higher voices can handle it better but Plishka, Zancanaro and Bruscantini sometimes sound like they didn't bother to stand up and recorded from the waiting room. Singers occasionally drown under the orchestra. Also super dry, little to no decay time. Makes me wonder what the sound engineer was after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    ...Makes me wonder what the sound engineer was after.
    ah, by the sound of it (excuse the pun), work experience.

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    a mini heat wave (28 C in August is a heat wave for me) and was tossing and turning last night

    I thought to start the day with A Midsummer Night's Dream but completely missed the target and ended up with

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    very powerful Verrett

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    followed by a favourite that I've not listened to for um... maybe a few weeks. or maybe a few months. I don't know. Time charting seems to be going downhill recently.

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    Cavalli: L’Ormindo
    Sandrine Piau (L'Armonia), Martín Oro (Ormindo), Howard Crook (Amida), Dominique Visse (Nerillo), Magali Léger (Siele), Jean-François Lombard (Erice), Stépanie Révidat (Erisbe), Karine Deshayes (Mirinda), Jacques Bona (Hariadeno), Benoît Arnould (Osmano)
    Les Paladins, Jerôme Correas

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    I thought to start the day with A Midsummer Night's Dream but completely missed the target and ended up with

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    Well . . . not that far off the mark. Just another cheery Shakespearean comedy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Festat View Post
    Microphones are really far away from the singers. Higher voices can handle it better but Plishka, Zancanaro and Bruscantini sometimes sound like they didn't bother to stand up and recorded from the waiting room. Singers occasionally drown under the orchestra. Also super dry, little to no decay time. Makes me wonder what the sound engineer was after.

    What a waste of a good cast - shame!

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    Not all is lost, though! It is not unlistenable, just annoying. Domingo is pretty good in it.

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    Not the best shape from Pavarotti — it is 1989 — or Nucci. This Rigoletto is June Anderson's Rigoletto.
    Last edited by Festat; August 30th, 2016 at 07:56 AM.

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    After enduring week after week of summer heat, this morning was rather pleasant, so able to get out for a walk.

    My listening selection was one of my new purchases:

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    Love Arleen Auger!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoffmann View Post
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    This deserves the yas gif.


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    maybe inspired by Amfortas' big recent buying spree, this morning I listened to the other Ernani

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    Verdi: Ernani
    Luciano Pavarotti (Ernani), Joan Sutherland (Elvira), Leo Nucci (Carlo), Paata Burchuladze (Silva), Linda McLeod (Giovanna), Richard Morton (Riccardo) & Alastair Miles (Jago)
    Orchestra & Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Richard Bonynge
    Studio recording, May 1987

    La Stupenda is a bit wahwah (technical term for err... well you know what) but still impresses, Pav is fab and Burchuladze is evil!

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    I went back to that Rigoletto today just because of June Anderson's Caro nome.

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