|Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood wrote a piece for The Guardian on how classical music has led him to love live performance.|
And yet, applied to acoustic classical music, all bets are off. I don't trust microphones or speakers for that, whether it's recorded or played live. They approximate and inflate rather than distil and concentrate. And with sonically complex contemporary music such as Ligeti or Penderecki, mics and speakers make things sound harsh and discordant. The live experience is far softer, stranger and more colourful than two speakers can put across. If you haven't heard it live, you haven't really heard it – and yet 90% of judgments on classical music are made from hearing recordings.