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RE: Madeline (Mrs. CfL) publishes or perishes again - this time to ARG

I am not a subscriber to ARG, so cannot read the article, and won't comment on that. I did read through this whole thread however, and I do have some comments on "live" recording, speaking as someone who has done many of them.

Almost never anymore is even a "live" recording unedited. If an orchestra releases a "live" recording, here is what has happened. Not only has each performance from the entire weekend been recorded, but almost always the dress rehearsal as well. There is also always a patch session right after the final performance, once the hall has been cleared of the audience. All of this is heavily edited together to create the best possible "live" recording.

(And by the way, this is also how the radio broadcasts of your local orchestras are done, minus the dress rehearsal and without a patch - even here, you are still hearing something put together from all three or four performances, though this is the only case where there is not any editing done - they merely choose complete movements - it might be the first and second movements of a symphony from Saturday and the third and fourth from Sunday - so these are much closer to "live" than a "live" recording is).

Almost every recording made nowadays by all but the very largest orchestras is done this way, as it is much less expensive. The orchestra is already hired to do all those performances and the dress rehearsal, and the patch session is usually very short, to involve as little overtime as possible. The payment to the musicians for this type of recording varies according to the type of agreement used - for instance, a smaller orchestra might do one that is only released in the local area. Most often orchestras will use some type of limited pressing agreement, in which payments to the musicians are based on x number of copies being sold, and more royalties are paid only if x is exceeded. Also many orchestras self-produce as well, which saves even more money.

As has been mentioned before, even a "live" recording has no real resemblance to a live performance, since it has been as heavily edited as a studio session.


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