Did anyone else have a twinge of sympathy for the London Symphony Orchestra...and....London Symphony Orchestra pulls a Milli Vanilli at the Olympics

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    Jul 29, 2012 1:58 PM GMT
    Altho the bit with "Mr Bean" and the London Sympathy Orchestra was very entertaining, I did feel a twinge of sympathy for the musicians in the orchestra who are so accomplished. All that talent and study and practice and they played beautifully, while everyone was riveted on a vid of a buffoon. I felt sorry for the players.

    And I still feel sorry for them, despite learning....

    London Symphony to pretend to play for Olympics ceremony

    "Musicians with the London Symphony Orchestra are reportedly going to have to pull a Milli Vanilli when they appear at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in London.

    Reports from Britain state that the orchestra will mimic playing to prerecorded music due to concerns about the weather and the shape of the performing venue -- a large, oval-shaped arena whose scale would apparently make a live-music performance tricky."

    http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/04/entertainment/la-et-cm-london-symphony-olympics-20120603

    It's understandable and I dont criticize the Olympics for staging it that way due to the weather risk and venue.
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    Jul 29, 2012 2:29 PM GMT
    Girl, you know it's true-hu
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    Jul 29, 2012 4:19 PM GMT
    Maybe the LSO did that so they wouldn't have to blame it on the rain if things went bad.
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    Jul 29, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    RIGuy60 saidMaybe the LSO did that so they wouldn't have to blame it on the rain if things went bad.

    Of course that is why. Plus a stadium doesnt have suitable acoustics.
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    Jul 29, 2012 4:27 PM GMT
    At least they did not resort to digitally faking the fireworks, like Beijing did.

    As one of the best symphony orchestras in the world, the LSO really have nothing to prove. Like The Queen, they showed they could take a joke. That said, it would have been nice to see them performing a set piece during the ceremony.
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    Jul 29, 2012 4:29 PM GMT
    No.
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    Jul 29, 2012 4:30 PM GMT
    globetrotter2012 saidNo.

    No?
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:00 PM GMT
    Caslon20000 said
    RIGuy60 saidMaybe the LSO did that so they wouldn't have to blame it on the rain if things went bad.

    Of course that is why. Plus a stadium doesnt have suitable acoustics.


    I was being cheeky. Did you miss my Milli Vanilli reference?
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    Jul 29, 2012 5:48 PM GMT
    Sometimes, pre-recorded is the only way to keep anything from sounding like...crap when being viewed on home HDTV displays with surround sound.

    Pavorotti's performance in Tornio Italy was pre-recorded. If for no other reason, his health was in doubt and it is really difficult to sing like that at those temperatures.

    Advance to 4:00 mark.



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    Jul 29, 2012 7:34 PM GMT
    This is not the first time pre-recorded music has been used at Olympic opening ceremonies. The fabulous Rhapsody in Blue sequence from the 1984 opening ceremonies in the Los Angeles Coliseum with the 84 grand pianos playing in unison was pre-recorded and broadcast with the live sound.

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    Jul 29, 2012 7:41 PM GMT
    RIGuy60 said
    Caslon20000 said
    RIGuy60 saidMaybe the LSO did that so they wouldn't have to blame it on the rain if things went bad.

    Of course that is why. Plus a stadium doesnt have suitable acoustics.


    I was being cheeky. Did you miss my Milli Vanilli reference?

    No. Sorry. It all went right over my head.
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    Jul 29, 2012 7:46 PM GMT
    every opening ceremonies has had pre-recorded music in those situations, it's too hard with stadiums and that many people in attendance to really play live
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    Jul 30, 2012 8:49 AM GMT
    They were probably quite happy to upstage Andre Previn, in the 1970s his comedy sketch on the Morecombe & Wise show was only watched by half the UK's population.
    edit for the 3rd time, it won't embed.
    http://youtu.be/r7yb-JncKow