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Old 10th October 2008
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Originally Posted by BrianHanke View Post
I play piano for a living and I've been to plenty of concerts, and I can honestly say that I've never heard a piano sound like this in real life. Compare discs by Perahia (his recent Chopin Etudes is a great example), Hamelin and Angela Hewitt to some of the fantastic recordings by Gould, Horowitz and Arrau from the 60s and 70s.
I have sat in on a session for Hamelin - and this was a very simple set up using a technique that was regularly used by the engineer, Simon Eadon, when he was at Decca. A lot of attention was given to the piano by the tech to minimise any extraneous noises.

I haven’t heard the final CD of this session - but I do not expect that any airbrushing - other than editing, would have been applied.

I look forward to other comments...