Friday, January 23, 2009

Itzhak Milli and Yo-Yo Vanilli

Did you see where it was revealed that the performance by Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma, Anthony McGill, and Gabriela Montero was actually pre-recorded? Apparently there were concerns about the frigid temperatures and the potential for broken strings or out of tune instruments so they performed the piece a day or two before and it was that recording that was heard by those in attendance as well as those of us watching at home or in our offices. For the same reason, Perlman and Ma didn't use their multi-million dollar violin and cello -- freezing temps aren't good for 300 year old instruments.

I understand why they did it but frankly, just once I want to know that what I'm seeing on TV is actually real. Like the marching footsteps in the sky and the cute little girl singing during the opening ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics...

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