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    The trumpet shall sound - Handel's Messiah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pcnog11 View Post
    The trumpet shall sound - Handel's Messiah.
    I heard a performance where the trumpet player muffed it. "The trumpet might sound".

    And on a very different hand, ... The Sibelius 4th symphony is full of critical solo parts, but there is a clarinet run about a minute and a half into the 4th movement. It's only a few seconds long, but for me it can make or break a 40 minute performance. (Well, it can break it. Well executed it might help an otherwise poor performance, but it can't "make" it.) I was listening online to find that solo and found 4 recordings that I thought did a terrible job. One was marked "amazing". Amazingly bad, maybe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    All the winds-principal clarinet, flute, oboe and bassoon are individual stars in Shostakovich's Fourth Symphony, which for me is really more a concerto for orchestra than a symphony.
    Yeh, Shost #4 is a good candidate - big trombone solo too...

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    Too numerous to mention. The fastidious conductor will assure in rehearsal, and with sound engineer for recordings. I might add, over-emphasis is as bad, if not worse, than underplay.
    Absolutely - like the dreadful-sounding tam-tam in the Karajan recording of Prokofiev's 5th.
    On the other hand, few things annoy me more in recorded music than an inaudible high-low tam-tam exchange at the very end of Mahler's 2nd (grrr).
    There will come a time soon when Youtube won't let us do this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heck148 View Post
    Yeh, Shost #4 is a good candidate - big trombone solo too...
    Yes. The second movement is more a concerto for wind soloists than a symphonic movement and of course the violin has some prominent solos too, throughout the symphony.
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-27-2017 at 14:44.

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    Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, third movement "Scène aux champs." The opening passage for (offstage) oboe and (onstage) English horn requires a nuanced interpretation: it needs to sound pastoral, yet melancholy.

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    ^^^Unfortunately it usually just sounds dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bettina View Post
    Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, third movement "Scène aux champs." The opening passage for (offstage) oboe and (onstage) English horn requires a nuanced interpretation: it needs to sound pastoral, yet melancholy.
    Love that, some great recordings out there.
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