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Old 12th May 2006
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Performer's perspective?

Not sure if it would be right for this particular recording, but I was just listening to one of my favorite new harpsichord recordings, Richard Egarr's performance of the Goldberg Variations on Harmonia Mundi, and it sounds as though the microphones were placed behind the player, giving a "performer's perspective." It's especially noticeable when listening with headphones. You can hear the bass strings in the lefdt, and the treble is more in the right. I think it's a really cool effect, especially for Bach - so much of his music, and baroque music in general was really meant for the player, or at least for very small audiences, and this kind of recording really brings that home.