So last night I heard the very same orchestra as that recording (Orpheus) doing a different Mozart Piano Concerto (#20 instead of #27) with a different pianist (Rudolph Buchbinder instead of Richard Goode) but still, in person and in a pretty nice concert hall. I've got to say I wasn't struck by the feeling that "I've heard this before" exactly but it was a very similar sound and feeling to listening to recorded music on the HD650. Pretty cool actually.
Now fast forward to this morning. I re-listened to that same Mozart No. 27 with Richard Goode and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Yep, pretty different sound. The balance of fiddles versus low strings was different, strings vs. woodwinds, orchestra versus piano, even the overall timbre of the combined sound. So I figured while the HD650 does a convincing simulation it is a bit hyped in the low end and altogether too "pretty" in the way the various voices separate out and the articulation of phrases.
Here's the interesting part...next I listened to a recording of Rudolph Buchbinder with the Vienna Symphony from a couple decades ago. This time its' a different orchestra but same soloist and exactly the same Mozart PIano Concerto No. 20. Guess what. It sounded like the concert last night! Not exactly the same of course. But I've never listened toa recording at home and gotten such a similar feel as a live performance.
The newer Orpheus/Goode CD is one of my favorite things to listen to. I like it better than the Buchbinder/Vienna recording. But apparently that's because I like the actual Concerto better. How about that?