The Music of Vaughan Williams – Toronto Symphony Orchestra

From 11/13-11/17, I went to Toronto with John and Blanton to work with TSO. At Roy Thomson Hall, we recorded the live performance of Vaughan Williams played by TSO, with Peter Oundjian as the conductor.

Program:

  1. Fantasia on “Greensleeves”
  2. Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra
  3. Serenade to Music
  4. Flos Campi
  5. Piano Concerto in C
  6. The Wasps Overture

Performers:

  • Peter Oundjian – Conductor
  • Louis Lortie – Piano
  • Sarah Jeffrey – Oboe
  • Teng Li – Viola
  • Carla Huhtanen – Soprano
  • Emily D’Angelo – Mezzo-soprano
  • Lawrence Wiliford – Tenor
  • Tyler Duncan – Baritone
  • Elmer Iseler Singers

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Unpacking microphones and setting up on the first day.

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Roy Thomson Hall’s ceiling.

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String microphones were MK4Vs.

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TLM 103 was used on double basses.

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DPA 4011s on woodwinds.

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Sanken CU-51 dual diaphragm microphones on horns.

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TLM 193 on low brass.

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Overall setup view.

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Samar VL37As for trumpets and trombones.

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MK21 on percussion.

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KM140s for timpani.

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B52 on bass drum. It was miked toward the rim, because we only wanted the attack and character of the bass drum, not the body. The center of the bass drum is aimed at the center microphone (4006) of the main array, so that the low frequency waveform can travel directly to the diaphragm and make a great impact.

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MK22 on harp and celeste.

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Microphones for solo singers – MK21s with colette tubes.

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MK2s and MK4s were coincidently miked for more choices in the mixing stage. MK4s pick up more details because of their directionality.

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This was Neumann’s reinterpretation of the legendary M50 omnidirectional pressure microphones. It is transformerless, with a pressure sphere inside. Another difference from the original M50 is that there is a small omnidirectional diaphragm mounted to the sphere, which gives the microphone a smooth rise in the upper frequency as well as more directionality. These were used as ambience microphones.

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Outriggers were pointed straight into the orchestra.

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Main LCR array.

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Piano solo microphones.

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Solo microphones for oboe and viola.

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Horus on stage.

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Control room setup.

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5.0 Surround setup.

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Playback session with musicians.

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Recorded in DXD (352.8 kHz)/32-bit.

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Short audio clip during concert that I recorded with my iPhone. Due to the copyright issue, I cannot post any of the audio.

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