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Discussion: Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini - Davis

Posts: 8

Post by terence May 2, 2008 (1 of 8)
first impressions of this are very disappointing - extremely tight, dry acoustic, virtually no use of rear channels, no bloom around either instruments or voices. really very uninspiring and at times unpleasantly congested to listen to. inferior to decent RBCD standards. i wouldn't recommend it, despite the obviously lively, committed performance.

Post by Peter May 3, 2008 (2 of 8)
Superb performance! Crackles with energy.

Sound in stereo quite close up and drier than the recent Mahler 6. Recording improves after the overture.

Post by Edvin May 3, 2008 (3 of 8)
Yes, it is wonderful. The slightly drier sound is because of the bigger ensemble. People everywhere. Another winner from LSO Live!

Post by Windsurfer June 20, 2008 (4 of 8)
terence said:

i wouldn't recommend it, despite the obviously lively, committed performance.

Well I just did. I think it is somewhat better than you proclaimed, but maybe I am in a generous mood. I do admit to wishing it were a little better mind you, but I do not find the degree of "dryness" THAT much of an impediment to enjoyment.

Edvin, you obviously liked it, why not give us a review?

Post by Edvin June 20, 2008 (5 of 8)
Windsurfer said:

Edvin, you obviously liked it, why not give us a review?

Sorry surfer, I haven't got the time.

Post by aoqd22 June 22, 2008 (6 of 8)
My initial impressions ...

A rather good performance. No weak soloists. Value for money. Best heard with the volume turned up just a bit. Ears will soon get used to the Barbican acoustics. Surprised at no applause anywhere had some been left in here and there, as they did with Verdi's Falstaff, the recording would seem to the home listener much more alive (its a 'flamboyant opera after all!). Its a real pity Act 1 could not be accommodated on side 1 (Scene 13 is split across 2 discs) this for me destroys the drama and build up towards the end of Act 1.

I summary had disc 1 been able to accommodate another 7'49" and they had kept some of the applause then we would be onto a real winner!

Post by Peter June 22, 2008 (7 of 8)
aoqd22 said:

My initial impressions ...

Surprised at no applause anywhere had some been left in here and there, as they did with Verdi's Falstaff, the recording would seem to the home listener much more alive.

I get the impression, though I've not made a spreadsheet logging all comments about applause, that you are in a minority. There are all shades of opinion over this, though I really don't have strong feelings either way. I do find some of the RCO's appluase too loud, though!

Did you find the recording quality of the overture in stereo strange compared with the rest of the piece?

Peter

Post by aoqd22 June 22, 2008 (8 of 8)
Peter said:

I get the impression, though I've not made a spreadsheet logging all comments about applause, that you are in a minority. There are all shades of opinion over this, though I really don't have strong feelings either way. I do find some of the RCO's appluase too loud, though!

Did you find the recording quality of the overture in stereo strange compared with the rest of the piece?

I normally avoid recordings made live with the applause left in. Strange therefore that I should be suggesting the applause (or more precisely some of it) should have been left in! It is just that in the LSO recording of Falstaff also made in the Barbican when listening to the MCH layer the audience participation adds to the listening experience. I think it would have done the same thing as far as 'Cellini' is concerned perhaps in part because it would have involved more use of the rear speakers!

I have only one RCO recording and that is the rather wonderful performance of Mahler 4. It sadly has applause which annoys me they could have easily edited it out or at least separately banded it.

I have only listened to 'Cellini' a couple of times and only in MCH. During the overture the sound is perhaps a bit 'strange' but I put that down to my ears having to spend the first few minutes adjusting to the LSO Live Barbican sound.

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