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Opera & Classical Music at Scalford ?!!??!!

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I was absolutely gobsmacked just how much classical music was played at the show yesterday. I must have heard it in about ten rooms, and I don't exaggerate.

Now I know that in a couple of cases that was because I was there and quite a lot of my Wammer friends know about my love of things classical, but that was certainly not the case in most of the rooms.

In fact I walked past rooms on more than one occasion where I could hear chamber music being played, at speed en route to other destinations.

Heard a lot of other good music as well - loved the French songs in the Pie Room (and what a wonderful system - a privilege to hear it thank you chaps) - but classical can have its uses in evaluating kit. Sorts the wheat from the chaff sometimes - and it certainly did so yesterday - some real surprises, good and perhaps not so good!

:^

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My requests to play some tracks off a Dowland CD (Danielle de Neise with lute accompaniment) were met really well. I did wonder if I might get a few comments (not from exhibitors) about my choice but everyone seemed quite interested and it got a few compliements :^ cheers guys.

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The monster horns sounded great on classical.

Coco healed himself are the night before with some light Beethoven at the start.

Then ;ater we played some really fast violin work of my Vivaldi / deep deep church Organ piece - the Drottngiholm Baroque ensemble. We also scared children with the bass of Bach Tocata and Fugue (Lionell Rogg version has the best bass) - a young couple of kids were ushered in having wondered what was playing and looked terrified - swift exit.

Can't agree with the Classical VS Rock point - a fast accurate system should be able to do al types of music

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The monster horns sounded great on classical.

Coco healed himself are the night before with some light Beethoven at the start.

Then ;ater we played some really fast violin work of my Vivaldi / deep deep church Organ piece - the Drottngiholm Baroque ensemble. We also scared children with the bass of Bach Tocata and Fugue (Lionell Rogg version has the best bass) - a young couple of kids were ushered in having wondered what was playing and looked terrified - swift exit.

Can't agree with the Classical VS Rock point - a fast accurate system should be able to do al types of music

Hi Steve - I wasn't suggesting that classical has a unique ability to sort out systems, rather then it can be useful sometimes to assess performance in a way that some types of music cannot.

Thankfully there was a lot less 'lift music' in evidence this year, which I found a merciful release and was my main point. A couple of rooms last year reminded me of 1970s German porn movie soundtracks from my misspent student days. (:oops:)

Classical was by no means the dominant genre being played - there was plenty of other good stuff as well - but there was much more than last year.

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I was surprised at the number of visitors who requested/were prepared to listen to classical music this year. In the past it has usually been a bit of room clearer.

The only thing that did that this year was some Rory Gallagher.

K

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We had the Beethoven violin on for a while through Steve's Opals. An interesting match and it was surprising how well they portrayed the solo violin.

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