Photo: Barbara Pease Renner
Jack was one of the outstanding innovators in the classical recording industry, even before his early digital recordings and all. He has a fantastic ear, which is, of course, paramount in this business, balancing-wise; and from the very get-go, he analyzed the Music Hall in Cincinnati and how he would mike the orchestra and make it sound its best. He essentially used a pair of mics exactly over my head and then a couple on either side, trying to achieve for the listener what the orchestra sounds like to the conductor because I’m working for an absolute balance. And once he set the dials — the highs and lows — he never really touched them again; all the balancing had to be done by the conductor, and that’s how it’s supposed to be.
Our first recording was our landmark “1812 Overture,” which has sold over 800,000 copies. In all the years I’ve known him, I’ve never seen him lose his temper; he’s very easy-going. If there’s pressure, you don’t see it on Jack Renner.
— Erich Kunzel, conductor, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra