I think the reputation Karajan had as a 'perfectionist' was somewhat misplaced. He was more interested in getting the effect he wanted I think rather than absolute technical perfectionNext one, again Karajan, funny with a conductor who was known for his striving for technical perfection.
It's about his recording of Holst's "Planets" op. 32 with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra (DG), movement 1 - Mars, the bringer of war.
The movement starts as usual, strings, harps and timpani have their rhythmic pattern in 5/4. Then bassoons, double bassoon and two horns are starting with the first theme ... G ... D ... and then D flat ... and this D flat is terribly out of tune.
How could this stay uncorrected?
yes, I've heard a few "imprecisions" on HvK recordings...Next one, again Karajan, funny with a conductor who was known for his striving for technical perfection.
You may be right about that....recording studio time is very dear.....there is only so much time available to do retakes in a session...I think the reputation Karajan had as a 'perfectionist' was somewhat misplaced. He was more interested in getting the effect he wanted I think rather than absolute technical perfection
Make a mistake once, and it's an accident. Do it twice and it's jazz!I could hardly imagine a whole lot of studio recodings with mistakes in them. Live recordings, sure. But in the studio, I'd think they'd at least make sure they've got the notes right.
Only thing I remember is Bach's Italian Concerto by Sviatoslav Richter, where Richter used to play a wrong note. Here's what Wikipedia says:
Similarly, after Richter realized that he had been playing a wrong note in Bach's Italian Concerto for decades, he insisted that the following disclaimer/apology be printed on a CD containing a performance thereof: "Just now Sviatoslav Richter realized, much to his regret, that he always made a mistake in the third measure before the end of the second part of the 'Italian Concerto'. As a matter of fact, through forty years -- and no musician or technician ever pointed it out to him -- he played 'F-sharp' rather than 'F'. The same mistake can be found in the previous recording made by Maestro Richter in the fifties."
I love his USSR Sibelius 7 recording...vintage Russian brass playing - the trombone solo is such a hoot....the guy just blowing his a*s off - loud, edgy, blatty, strident, molto vibrato....amazing!! lol!!Gennady Rozhdestvensky‘s rather wonderful recording of Sibelius’ 7th Symphony with the GSO is completely destroyed by a trombonist who appears to be completely smashed on low grade vodka…
Glenn Gould would often splice together 2 flawless performances. Simply because he enjoyed the activity of "rocking the reels" to find an edit point, marking the tape with a grease pencil, slicing it apart with a razor blade, and splicing segments together.