Held in the grounds of the German town of Rheda’s historic castle, the opening event at the first Ostwestphalen-Lippe Biennial arts festival saw the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra perform with a Yamaha CL5 handling FOH mixing duties at an outdoor classical concert for the very first time.
Conducted by musical director Alexander Kalajdzic, the Bielefeld Philharmonic Orchestra played a varied selection of music, including music from the 1954 film La Strada and Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poem The Pines of Rome.
Supplied by MA System, from nearby Hilter am Teutoburger Wald, the Yamaha CL5 made a positive impression on the concert’s FOH engineer Gerd Drucker.
He said: “The CL5 was excellent. The sound was very high quality, it was crystal clear. Using the CL5 was also very fast and intuitive, which is typical of Yamaha digital consoles.”
The show was opened by seven-piece Austrian brass ensemble Mnozil Brass, which plays an esoteric brass and accapella mix of Balkan beats, pop and classical music. Following the opening concert, two further classical shows at the venue also used the CL5 – a ‘Last Night of the Proms’ with the Northwest German Philharmonic and an opera gala, with singers accompanied by the orchestra of the Detmold State Theatre.
Ralf Mechelhoff, MA Systems’ technical director, stated: “The sound quality, flexibility, efficiency and size of the CL5 are all excellent. It is a really positive addition to our rental stock and we look forward to using it on a great variety of shows.”
Stefan Zieger, commercial audio product manager at Yamaha Music Europe, added: “Classical concerts demand the very best sound quality, the engineers have to deal with a huge range of audio frequencies and mix the show very dynamically, to ensure that none of the subtleties of the music are lost while the loud passages don’t overwhelm the audience.
“In the challenging environment of an outdoor classical show, the CL5 proved that it was more than capable of delivering a great performance.”
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