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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "David Lennick" <[log in to unmask]>
> I've just been listening to a recording of Rachmaninoff's 3rd Concerto which
> keeps shifting between the piano present and the orchestra a mile away and the
> orchestra up close and the piano sounding as if it's at the wrong end of a
> flooded subway tunnel. At no point is there anything remotely resembling
"balance".
>
> And no it's not the Horowitz atrocity from the 70s..it's Gilels from 1955.
>
> I mean we occasionally make allowances for historical documents and legendary
> performances that could only be captured on the fly, but this was 1955 for
> cryin' out loud! Did anybody at the time think this was a "good" recording? I
> would have fired the producer, or at least demoted him to recording oompah
bands.
>
Monophonic LP? Thus a question of balancing the levels of two mikes (or
sets of mikes)? So, the question is: How much multi-input recording was
being done that far back?!

Steven C. Barr