Soli Deo Gloria CDs live on the night - unedited
Justifying the project John Eliot Gardiner says the move was part of a trend away from the studio, where recordings are becoming increasingly unaffordable. "Maybe the studio has had its day," he said. "I don't pooh-pooh it, because it was a fantastic period, it gave us a great opportunity to experiment in the 1970s and 80s. But there's something artificial about studio recordings. I always tried to create a live 'feel'."
An interesting initiative. SDG have shown that live recordings covered by rehearsal takes for the obvious fluffs can not only produce outstanding recordings, but also win awards. But I have written recently about the risk of trading quality for accessibility. Based on some of my recent concert going the absence of editing is going to mean a wonderful record of Olympic standard coughing, plus some interesting phone ringtones. All the best to SDG. At £10 ($18 US) a pop SDG on The Night CDs will provide a nice memento for the audience, but I don't agree with John Eliot Gardiner that they will change the face of the classical recording industry.
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