I like classical music. I like Beethoven. I like his symphonies.
But what I like most is Beethoven's 9th symphony. It makes me feel
happy, it's simply great.
Juan-Mariano told me a few days ago that there was going to be a
performance of Beethoven's 9th symphony in Pozeulo de Alarcón
tonight. And I cannot say no to that, so there we went :-)
The orchestra was all right; the director was fine. But the sound
was awful; I had never heard the 9th Symphony with such a poor quality.
Even listening from the radio would be better. The reason is that
the auditorium where it was played had microphones all over the
orchestra and an audio system which retransmitted the music, but the
volume went up and down with no reason, there was a lot of distortion
with low frequences, and when the chorus was singing, the loudspeakers
produced saturation several times.