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Discussion: Haydn: The Creation - Davis

Posts: 3

Post by Oakland June 25, 2009 (1 of 3)
How is the front to back soudstage depth on this recording? Just this past weekend I was listening to several of the Symphonies on the Haitink/LSO Beethoven set recorded at the Barbican. I really do love the performances and while the sound, upon first listen is a tad bright, is easily adjusted to. BUT I could not help but notice the rather shallow depth of the soundstage on these recordings (in comparison to most other SACD classical recording.

I am also wondering about the soon to be released Sir Colin Davis Verdi Requiem also with LSO Live at the Barbican.

I listen to multi-channel whenever available.

Robert C. Lang
(Moniker:Oakland)

Post by tream June 25, 2009 (2 of 3)
Oakland said:

How is the front to back soudstage depth on this recording? Just this past weekend I was listening to several of the Symphonies on the Haitink/LSO Beethoven set recorded at the Barbican. I really do love the performances and while the sound, upon first listen is a tad bright, is easily adjusted to. BUT I could not help but notice the rather shallow depth of the soundstage on these recordings (in comparison to most other SACD classical recording.

I am also wondering about the soon to be released Sir Colin Davis Verdi Requiem also with LSO Live at the Barbican.

I listen to multi-channel whenever available.

Robert C. Lang
(Moniker:Oakland)

Robert, the sound of the LSO Live discs is actually a pretty accurate reflection of the Barbican, which is an extremely wide and shallow hall. It is a shame, really, that one of the great musical cities in the world suffers from a second rate concert hall. Some of the LSO Live recordings have been extreme - I thought the Haitink Brahms 4 sounded as though the musicians were lined up on stage next to each other - no depth at all. Others are better, including the Haitink Beethoven you mention.

Davies Hall, in San Francisco, with which you and I are familiar, is a better hall than the Barbican, and I think the sound of the SFS Media recordings, also recorded live, show this.

Post by terence June 25, 2009 (3 of 3)
tream said:

Robert, the sound of the LSO Live discs is actually a pretty accurate reflection of the Barbican, which is an extremely wide and shallow hall. It is a shame, really, that one of the great musical cities in the world suffers from a second rate concert hall. Some of the LSO Live recordings have been extreme - I thought the Haitink Brahms 4 sounded as though the musicians were lined up on stage next to each other - no depth at all. Others are better, including the Haitink Beethoven you mention.

I stopped buying the LSO Live series because of the (to my mind) extreme dryness and flatness of the perspectives.

I have many RBCDs that sound a lot better. A real pity. It bothers some more than it bothers others.

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