Started by george401, October 10, 2017, 04:16:58 AM
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Quote from: amw on October 10, 2017, 05:04:29 AMOne thing I've noticed is that recordings of harpsichords almost all seem to fall victim to the loudness war: compressed sound normalised to 0dB. This makes them sound much louder than any other instrument. In reality the harpsichord is pretty quiet (much softer than e.g. the piano) and how resonant it is depends on the venue, but it seems difficult to find "realistic" recordings of one.
Quote from: Mandryka on October 10, 2017, 05:34:04 AMPossibly but this is not a problem with the aforementioned Handel sonatas, which sounds pretty good to me. I wonder what sort of equipment the OP was using, or whether he's got a bad recording. In fact I think that harpsichord recordings are much better than they used to be, though maybe not on Spotify, and these days the problem of truthfulness is no greater for harpsichord than for piano.
Quote from: george401 on October 10, 2017, 04:16:58 AMIts mainly about an Andrew Manze and Richard Egarr cd of Handel's complete violin sonatas on harmonia mundi HMX 2907259.
Quote from: george401 on October 10, 2017, 09:07:25 AMAre there two different recordings.
Quote from: 71 dB on October 10, 2017, 09:23:54 AMDon't know about that, but my disc is recorded November 28-30, 1998 at Skywalker Sound. This is a re-release with Harmonia Mundi's 2005 catalogue.
Quote from: Scarpia on October 10, 2017, 09:33:16 AMGiven that the harpsichord has very small dynamic range to begin with, it seems unlikely that producers would choose to compress recordings of solo harpsichord. What they do do is set the recording level so that the loudest sound produced by the instrument or ensemble reaches the maximum volume of the signal channel, as they should. It is up to the listener to set the volume appropriately. (Of course, if a solo harpsichord passage alternates with full orchestra, as it might in a concerto or other types of extended piece, they must keep the harpsichord in its place.)
Quote from: george401 on October 10, 2017, 09:47:03 AMIts not volume I complain about its reverberation like the hammond organ on bob marleys no woman no cry. Fine on that but not on Handel's violin sonata.
Quote from: Mandryka on October 10, 2017, 10:34:13 AMHere's someone who agrees with George401http://www.talkclassical.com/38426-harpsichord-touchstone-recording-engineering.html
Quote from: george401 on October 10, 2017, 10:45:19 AMThanks Mandryka, that does explain it. Thats a pity as I buy very few cds because of the price.
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