Deryk Barker wrote:
>OTOH, I think audiences can easily be misled by heavily edited recordings
>into expecting note perfect readings live.
I agree completely. Certainly there is a place for note perfect
recordings, but my concern is that performers have lost sight of how a
concert performance can be significantly different from a recording, and
offer the audience an added reason to attend.
>technical grounds - but you can't have an editing session 40 years after
>the fact (not when many of the performers, certainly the conductor, have
Well actually some do that...I have. Our archive is home to broadcasts of
the Houston and Austin Symphonies. The Austin symphony wanted to prepare
a tape of a 1940s broadcast as a gift to the family of a man who had been
a soloist with the orchestra. It was the opening of the Grieg Concerto,
and the announcer was still talking as the work began. I spliced in the
opening to the Grainger Hollywood Bowl recording.
I was not the first to be asked to do this.
>>By the way, the next NY Phil set will be ten discs of Bernstein.
>Any idea of the repertoire?
Some idea. From the little I know, Amberson, the company which controls
everything Bernstein, is reluctant to allow any issue which would
potentially be in competition with the commercial recordings. As a result,
a significant focus of the set will repertoire that Bernstein did not
record commercially. That will include a fair amount of American and
contemporary music. As far as I know, nothing is definite, but following
a phone call yesterday with the producer, I know of some things that will
be looked at.
Some of my choices...and others mentioned
Copland: Outdoor Overture (1950)
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 (Kapell)
Weiniawski: Violin Concerto No.2 (Morini-1959)
Varese: Arcana (magnificent-slower than most other versions I have heard)
Mitropoulos: Concerto Grosso (not a bad piece)
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.2 (Ashkenazy-his US debut I think)
Piston: Violin Concerto No.2 (Fuchs)
Schumann: Cello Concerto (Du Pre)
Several different performances of baroque music
Will post more as the project develops.
If anyone knows of a collection with broadcast recordings of Bernstein/NY
Phil performances, please let me know.