Thursday, January 22, 2009

Today's fake: Recorded classical piece played at Inauguration as musicians sawed

Remember the little scandal at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, when a pretty girl lip-synched while an uglier girl with a prettier voice sang behind the scenes? Something of that fakery was in action during Tuesday's inauguration when Yo Yo Ma, Yitzhak Perlman and two other classical musicians played an adaptation of Aaron Copland. Positioned high above the VIPs, the quartet was actually playing -- but what came out of speakers and was heard on television was a pre-recorded version of the piece, because it was so "wicked cold" -- as Ma put it -- that they didn't want to risk weather-related screeches.

Sigh.

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1 comment:

voncookie said...

I *knew* it sounded to good to be true... even for the masters that they are.