In the past I have referred to enjoying the characteristic sounds of an oboe when listening to an acoustic recording - the sounds of the pads, the player’s breathing, the key mechanism. To me, this makes a recording real. Some have also asked about my recordings.
This is a bit over a minute of the third movement cadenza added by the soloist performing the Mozart oboe concerto in C major. I recorded the performance yesterday (96/24).
It illustrates the sound of an oboe from approximately 15 feet away. One can nicely hear the sound of a spectacular oboe player, the pads, the sharp exhale/inhale of the musician, etc. (Oboe takes relatively little air to play. The player runs out of oxygen before he runs out of air. Thus, he often exhales first before inhaling to expel CO2 and to take in more oxygen.)
There is a bit of audience noise as it was a live performance. Annoyingly, people can never sit quietly and rattle programs, etc. The sharp clicks are not recording flaws, but the sound of a crisp program being handled. I have given up removing them as it damages the underlying sound too much. There is also the sound of the musicians’ chairs, etc.
I hope at least a few of you are amused.