QUOTE(Chris H @ Mar 30 2007, 11:12 AM)
I'm horrified that some classical CDs are made from short snips edited together, I thought it was just pop/rock music where that happened. The best CDs (in any genre) are always those that are done in one take - who cares about mistakes, it's the real performance that matters. Good for you, John.
The normal way is halfway between the two.
Yes, I absolutely agree that you want a recording of a performance. The performer will be performing with adrenalin running and putting blood sweat and tears into the performance (ideally) and you can certainly hear this.
In practice he/she will nearly always make some mistakes.
So - when I record we do a couple (sometimes more) of full takes of a real performance. The producer will be ticking off the notes and listening carefully for mistakes. Hopefully, between the two everything will be in the bag. If not, there may be some shorter takes to correct the mistakes.
We will then choose the best performance as the master and then edit in from the second performance to correct the mistakes - this gives an exciting performance to listen to. A straight single performance with a mistake or two left in can be very annoying - at a live performance this is no real problem, but in a recording you will be listening for the fault every time and it ruins your enjoyment of the music. Having a performance with the mistakes edited out is the best compromise.
I don't like recording short snippets because the musician is then playing "notes" rather than playing "music" - it may be a note perfect recording, but it has no life - so you will listen to it once and put the CD on the shelf to gather dust, never to be listened to again.
So, in all of the recording I do with Richard Meyrick we always record at lest two full performances and any short parts to correct errors are normally quite long so he is back in "performance mode".
This is why we end up with an exciting CD that can be listened to again and again and again.
The first CD I ever recorded was the music or Erik Satie with John Lenehan - re-released on Classic FM's "Full Works" series if you want to listen - one track did not have a single edit in it, and the rest very few as John was playing his heart out. I regularly listen to this CD again and again and my wife loves it and plays it over and over.
The most important thing is to capture a great performance - the odd tiny mistake which 99% of people will not hear can be left in, if correcting it means a poorer performance.
I hope this makes it clear.