During a discussion yesterday, people were bemoaning the fact the orchestras the world over sound the same these days. This debate has it’s merits. The recording industry has been largely held to blame for this state of affairs. This nuggett was posted to demonstrate how different orchestras once sounded so much more unique depending on what region of the world they hailed from.
This is a live recording from 1987, in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh. It is the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra conducted by Alexander Lazarev. It is a performance of Scriabin’s Poem Of Ecstasy teeming with character and expression. I do believe that orchestras don’t sound like this anymore!