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Was there a microphone up the artist's nose?
on 17 February 2012
I was really looking forward to these after reading the reviews. I have several versions already and love the music so I put on my headphones and settled back with high expectations. I am about 15 minutes into listening and at first I thought I had a dodgy recording or that someone was doing a soft shoe shuffle on sand while it was being played. Then I realised I was listening to carefully recorded breathing - probably of the artist. Although the playing is wonderful the breathing sounds are insanely distracting. Some people may not mind and it may produce a feeling of intimacy but I find it torturous and frustrating. I give the playing top marks but the sound engineer should have dealt with the breathing. What makes it frustrating is that without the intrusive breath sounds it would probably quickly join my favourite recordings. Listening to something live you do not have a microphone up the artists nose which is what this sounds like. Can't believe no one else mentioned it. The playing is good enough to make me want to persevere and tune the ambient breathing out - I will edit the review later if I find I can actually live with it for the sake of what otherwise appears to be a masterful performance.
Later edit - see comments attached - I have given it another star because listened to on speakers the breathing is not so distracting and the performance is outstanding.