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Not quite a lost masterpiece but well worth a listen!,
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This review is from: Macfarren: Robin Hood (Audio CD)
A fascinating recording, on the whole adequately sung by the principals and chorus. The orchestra is in need of more strings but again is adequate and the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. and a very enjoyable listen! A professional recording studio would probably have helped everyone - a school hall(which I assume was the venue?) does not have the right qualities to give a bloom to the sound and justice to the singers.
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Initial post: 19 Oct 2011 11:13:34 BDT
R. Walker says:
It seems that judgement has been made as much by reading the credits as the aural experience. In fact by making a comparison between the high quality hall for Robin Hood is marginally superior to the university concert hall used in a parallel recording (opera, Lurline) by the same group so to be sniffy about venues seems a shame.
Watford Town Hall and Walthamstow Town Halls are no better than some of our modern superior school concert halls yet were the mainstay of recordings with 'The Decca Sound' of the 60s so no professional studio with high overheads would have anything extra to offer I suggest. Always locate where the focus of interest lies.
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