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4 | 3 – Even Better than the Real Thing

4 | 3 – Even Better than the Real Thing

In the 1950s, classical record producers were fixated on realism, aspiring to put listeners in the ‘best seat of an acoustically perfect hall.’ Not so for <b><i> John Culshaw</b></i>, however, a maverick producer who used new stereophonic technology to produce operas that were more dramatic, more spatially immersive and (so he claimed) more faithful to a composer’s intentions. Sonic highlights from Culshaw’s producing career accompany a reading from his two memoirs, ‘Ring Resounding’ and ‘Putting the Record Straight.’

Producer: Willem Boning
Senior Editors: Joseph Bedford and Curt Gambetta
Production Consultant: Griffin Ofiesh
Technical Assistant: Brendan Smith
Announcer: Trudy Watt

Narrator: Alistair Stokes
Special Thanks: Todd Brooks

Excerpts from:
John Culshaw. Ring Resounding. New York: Viking, 1967.
John Culshaw. Putting the Record Straight. New York: Viking, 1982.