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Old 10th October 2008
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Usually with piano classic recording techniques are used.
This usually is the classic combo plate of mics close, mid and far.

I am not exactly sure what the OP is referring to about the sound. I suppose that
using a "wash" of reverb and fogging over the sound (so it sounds perfumed) is one possibility.

Other posters are correct. Nowadays a tuner and technician are part of the recording team. The best instruments don't have any mechanical noises to prevent using mics in close.

There is sometimes an aesthetic choice to provide the listener with an overly elegant sound that uses reverb to blend and fog over. Sometimes it is an odd effect since close mics with reverb will indeed obscure the position of the piano on stage.

Then again, a piano recording is a document and art form standing on its own. A recording is an art form subject to manipulation to where the final presentation is not supposed to be particularly realistic.

Nevertheless, the excitement can be captured simply. Just hear DG sound with Pogorelich or Zimerman or Hyperion sound with Hamelin or Hough.