60th Anniversary Sale #harmoniamundi Aug 31 by Floor van der Holst in In The DSD Studio, NativeDSD SALE, News, Producer's Notes

Producer Robina Young and Engineer Brad Michel take you into the DSD Studio of some of their most memorable recording sessions.

This year, harmonia mundi celebrates its 60th Anniversary and that’s why NativeDSD put the entire Label in the Spotlight with a 15% Discount throughout the month of September 2018!

15% discount code:
HMU60

valid through September 30th, 2018


Producer Robina Young writes: “As one who championed DSD and swam against the prevailing tide in the company for many years, I am delighted to see these releases surface at NativeDSD. This includes 3 albums that we recorded in DSD that are only available in DSD Stereo and DSD Multichannel (not available on SACD) from NativeDSD Music. These three DSD Exclusive titles are:

I have indicated where we had a dedicated DSD engineer along as part of the team, (Handel Concerti Grossi, Arvo Part Da Pacem). On all other DSD releases, album recording engineer Brad Michel did the DSD engineering and editing himself. Unless otherwise indicated I was both executive and sessions producer. Here are some of my most memorable DSD recordings.”

Memorable Recording #1

Bach – Brandenburg Concertos
Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

“St. Jude’s-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden, has a lovely acoustic very suitable for Baroque Music, but it is situated atop a hill in North London. The wind can present a challenge as can the flight path into Heathrow which sometimes routes planes directly overhead. We were fortunate during these May 2008 sessions, and recorded all six Concertos in as many days. Each of the varied instrumentations of these glorious pieces presents a new balance challenge, especially working with minimal miking, as we did. The low ‘French’ Baroque pitch which Richard Egarr opted to use here, adds a special warmth and richness to the sound.”

Bach – Brandenburg Concertos

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

Qualities: DSD 64fs
Channels: Multi, Stereo

 

 

Memorable Recording #2

Beethoven – The Late String Quartets
Tokyo String Quartet

“Working with the superb musicians of the Tokyo String Quartet will remain for me one of the highlights of my producing career. It was hard to believe that despite a long recording history and performing frequently in Tokyo – sometimes as often as in four different concert halls in one week – the TSQ had never actually made a recording there! So in 2008 we went to the lovely Oji Hall, which is contained within a bank building and is blissfully quiet. The Emperor sometimes attends concerts there. The first take of the exquisite op.130 Cavatina was one of those very special moments where there is silence at the end and no one looks up because you don’t want the others to see the tears in your eyes.”

Beethoven: The Late String Quartets

Tokyo String Quartet

Qualities: DSD 64fs
Channels: Multi, Stereo

 

 

Memorable Recording #3

Mozart Night Music
The English Concert, Andrew Manze

“The first harmonia mundi USA recording in DSD, and Andrew Manze’s first recording with the English Concert. We were extraordinarily lucky to be able to record this repertoire twice in close succession which accounts for the joyful and almost experimental freedom of the music making. Fun!

Made in Air Studios, London, one of my favorite spaces to work – an old octagonal church converted into a recording studio by the famous George Martin, best known for his work as the Producer for The Beatles (leading to some calling him “The Fifth Beatle”) as well as the band America, guitarists Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin and John Williams, Neil Sedaka, country singer Kenny Rogers, UFO, Cheap Trick, Elton John, Little River Band and Celine Dion.

Martin sometimes came down into the studio from his upstairs office to say hello. He was intrigued that we brought in our own equipment and only used the multi-track Neve board in the studio to run the talk back through.”

Mozart Night Music

The English Concert, Andrew Manze

Qualities: DSD 64fs
Channels: Stereo, Multi

 

 

Memorable Recording #4

Handel Concerti grossi Op. 3, Sonata a 5
Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

“Recorded in the spacious acoustic of St. John’s Smith Square, London –  close to the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.”

Executive Producer; Robina Young.  Sessions Producer: Brad Michel. DSD Engineer: Chris Barrett

Handel Concerti grossi Op. 3, Sonata a 5

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr

Qualities: DSD 64fs
Channels: Stereo, Multi

 

 

Memorable Recording #5

Arvo Pärt – Da Pacem
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier

“Estonian composer Arvo Part’s distinctive music is possibly more beloved and performed worldwide than any other living composer. It never fails to move me. Composed over a range of 28 years, all eight works on this Grammy winning album – except for Dopo la vittoria – were recorded in the beautiful Nigulistekirk in Tallinn. We were privileged to have Arvo present, as he was at both of our other recording of his music.

The impression of ‘other worldliness’ which he makes in person conceals an impish sense of humor. During a ceremony in Australia at which he was given an Honorary Doctorate, he surprised the assembled dignitaries by opening his address illustrating that if you pushed a knitting needle straight up through the globe starting from Sydney, the pointed end would come out in Estonia!”

Producer: Robina Young. Engineer & Editor: Brad Michel.  DSD Engineer: Chris Barrett.

Arvo Pärt – Da pacem

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Paul Hillier

Qualities: DSD 64fs
Channels: Stereo, Multi

 

 

Memorable Ensemble: Stile Antico

“In summer 2005 I was a member of the Jury at the York Early Music Festival and heard Stile Antico in the Finals of the competition. It was wonderful to see and hear a young group with such musical cohesion – they work as a chamber ensemble without a conductor. We made the first of our recordings together the following year (Music for Compline), and in 2009 “Song of Songs” was crowned with a Gramophone Award. They have provided harmonia mundi with 13 releases to date, drawn mainly from the abundant riches of the English Tudor repertoire. Almost all of these albums were recorded in the church of All Hallows, Gospel Oak, which has to these ears an ideal acoustic for their sound. The boxes of biscuits consumed at break times over the years at these recording sessions would fill several very large suitcases!”

Song of Songs

Stile Antico

Qualities: DSD 64fs
Channels: Stereo, Multi

 


Engineer Brad Michel writes about one memorable DSD recording in particular:

Scriabin – Preludes Etudes Sonatas nos 4 – 29
Vadym Kholodenko

“These sessions were recorded at a concert hall at the Fazioli piano factory in Sacile Italy. The main purpose of the hall is to make the Fazioli pianos sound wonderful for people interested in making this major purchase. This is definitely the only hall that I’ve worked in that was designed, built and tuned for only one type (and brand) of instrument (the Fazioli piano). The hall and Vadym Kholodenko’s deep understanding of Scriabin make this a very special release.”

DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD.
DSD Stereo & DSD Multichannel Only Available at NativeDSD.

Scriabin – Preludes, Etudes & Sonatas

Vadym Kholodenko

Qualities: DSD 64fs
Channels: Stereo, Multi

 

>> Browse harmonia mundi’s DSD catalog HERE

Floor van der Holst

Floor van der Holst

Floor is Marketing & Label Manager at NativeDSD Music

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