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Sunday, October 28, 2012


Chilling to some Vivaldi before the storm...


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Very nicely done! It is a pleasure, after a career of performing this sort of music on old instruments fitted out originally, to enjoy the degree to which modern conductors and performers using modern instruments have acquired the sound they're aiming for.

To hear what I mean, find a performance from, say, 1950, a modern symphony orchestra with string instruments fitted modern fashion (as I believe these are). The very concept of the music is changed, details of the instruments aside. These DSO performers "get it": they have their "18th-century ears" on. I spent part of my life trying to influence modern performers, when they play baroque music, to sound like... that. What a treat when they do!

Posted by: Steve Bates | Oct 29, 2012 8:44:17 PM

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