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Number of Edits in modern Classical Recordings - Part Deux

I just got done posting over on Hi-Rez Highway about Jared Sacks's visit to Oakland yesterday (Robert C. Lang's house). Jared, the moving force of the Channel Classics label, was extremely generous with his time and answered all our questions - and I must say, he seemed to hold back nothing. He's a very up-front guy.

Anyway, this was an opportunity for me to get some confirmation to a post I'd made here a couple months ago concerning the number of edits on the average classical recording these days. I had been told by someone whose confidence I respect (and who works for another, larger label than Channel Classics) that the average number of edits on a classical recording these days is over 400. This claim was met with some skepticism (not to mention derision!) by at least couple of posters here on the AA Music Board, so I was on the lookout to get some confirmation. So I asked Jared point blank if 400 edits/average CD these days is typical for the industry. His response? "Actually, 400 sounds a little low to me."

So there you have it - I asked if I could quote him, and he said yes. He even mentioned that he knows of one classical recording which has over 900 edits on it (i.e., one every 4-5 seconds!)! In the case of his own label, he said that there's quite a range of variability as far as the editing is concerned. For instance, the third movement of the Mahler Fourth Symphony with Ivan Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra contains only TWO edits. On the other hand, there are some other recordings/tracks where "you wouldn't believe how many edits there are". He did mention that maestro Fischer will sometimes allow a less than perfect take to be used, simply in order to preserve the spirit and the flow of the music better.

All in all, this was a very interesting discussion which corroborated the claim I had made previously. I also have witnesses! :-)

Edits: 11/22/10 11/22/10

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Topic - Number of Edits in modern Classical Recordings - Part Deux - Chris from Lafayette 15:08:43 11/22/10 (40)


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