Excellent insights Waldhorn!
There's a famous example of pitch mismatch in Pretre's original recording in Paris of the Poulenc Organ Concerto, where the violins are sharp against the organ. Andrew Rose recently remastered it for a Pristine download using pitch-correction software ("Capstan") and very wonderful the 1961 recording now sounds on its first digital release.
I remain very fond of the old Reader's Digest issues, latterly on excellent-sounding Chesky CDs, of Earl Wild and Jascha Horenstein with the RPO doing the Rachmaninov Concertos, including a fabulous high-speed and high-drama Paganini Rhapsody. The production/engineering team was the Gerhardt/Wilkinson one, so...
Any involvement, Mr. Waldhorn?
Any involvement, Mr. Waldhorn?Unquote"
No, sorry, no involvement there... although I was very active as a freelance player in London during the 1970s-1990s, the RPO and the BBCSO were the only two orchestras that never invited me to play with them.
A friendly 'mole' in both those orchestras found out - and reported to me - that those orchestras considered my 'playing style' to be 'too eccentric'...
The more I look into Pristine's claim about a first re-release, the more I'm beginning to wonder if there hasn't been some historical confusion here.
You see, on the EMI GROC the orchestra is listed as the Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire - latterly the Orchestre de Paris. On the Pristine download (and on the original LPs - also I now find on a 1987 CD release...!) the listing is the French National Radio & TV Orchestra - latterly the French National Orchestra. But the organist is Durufle on the organ of the Church of Saint-Etienne on both... and they are both dated 1961! Shame I can't find an authoritative discography for Pretre.
Two recordings in the same year with 2 different orchestras? Or an admin mishap somewhere in the intervening 50 years?
The key doesn't help - strings especially are not too comfortable in flat keys and often drift towards a sharper one.
Last edited by Pabmusic; 06-03-12 at 11:10.
I'm forever disabusing students of these things ...............
I'm not a string player but the ergonomics and tuning of string instruments mean that players are more comfortable in "sharp" keys , try giving them a whole tone scale to play and see the sweat
I'm still not clear of the reason though
are they less comfortable in C major than B sharp major ?