For a couple of years already the musicians position during the recording session is not the same as on the finished disc. I prefer to try different settings in my studio. And often - even more important - together with the surround recording simultaneously a special one point stereo version is recorded for the release on CD and LP which means that the musicians have to sit accordingly to what is needed for stereo.
In the beginning this was different. For the first years we were restricted by technical means and had to decide before the surround recording session "who sits where". This can work, too. For those interested the booklet of one of our early DVD-A discs (D94 Mendelssohn octet and quartet, played by Auryn & Minguet quartet) was inserted in our website (pdf format)
http://www.tacet.de/download/D94_Booklet.pdf. For the Mendelssohn the Auryns and Minguets had to sit in this special order. They liked it! (Same with item numbers D101, D108, D112, D118)
Does anybody have a list of recordings which are done in "Real Surround" manner? During last High End show in Munich I heard a sample of a Swedish comany. It was a Mozart violin concerto with the orchestra behind the listener and the solo in front. Unfortunately I do not remember more details. That was really good! If there is a list of those titles - including pop, rock etc. - we could place it on our website or insert a link to it.