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Classical Music 101: Pemi Paull's viola cam proves best listening is behind the conductor

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Violist Pemi Paull set up a viola cam during rehearsals for yesterday’s performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion by Ensemble Caprice at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul in downtown Montreal.

It’s a great way to hear how strange and unbalanced music sounds from an orchestra player’s perspective — and why having a conductor with a vision for the overall sound of a piece is such a great idea.

Here’s the opening chorus:

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