English translation: The string instruments sounded somehow too phlegmatic.
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Chinese term or phrase:
The string instruments sounded somehow too phlegmatic.
Na ja, der Dirigent meinte, daß die Strophe von den Streichinstrumenten einfach zu lasch dargeboten worden war, und verlangte mehr Pepp und Mumm. Wenn man das als "muddy" bezeichnet möchte, habe ich nichts dagegen.
the strings in this section have smth very catchy and smth clearly characteristical about them
Explanation: not the way the strings sounded as played by the musicians this time, but the way the strings SOUND IN (THIS PART(duan)OF) THE SYMPHONY is catchy (nian - to stick - to be catchy?) and clearly characteristical (gexing qingchu).
peter arnout Belgium Local time: 10:50 Native speaker of: Dutch