Fone Records: Label Wide Discount! Jul 15 by Giulio Cesare Ricci in News, Producer's Notes

62 DSD albums are 15% Off thru 7/31

Three exclusive short stories about 3 very special Fone DSD recordings… by Giulio Cesare Ricci

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1). The Pink Panther by Henry Mancini

THE PINK PANTHER & FRIENDS (Fonè’s Pink Panthers)

6 New renditions of the historic theme composed by Henry Mancini are performed for Fonè by: Fausto Mesolella, Enzo Pietropaoli, Eleonora Bianchini, Riccardo Zegna and Giampaolo Casati, Peo Alfonsi and Salvatore Malore, Scott Halmiton’s trio with Paolo Birro and Alfred Kramer on the album The Pink Panther and Friends in DSD Stereo.

Among the thousand divertissements that keep spinning into Giulio Cesare Ricci’s mind, there is a particular piece that was seemingly written for all the audiophiles of the world: The Pink Panther, the theme composed by Henry Mancini for the namesake Blake Edwards’ 1960s movie.

All the artists that recorded with fonè and Giulio Cesare Ricci in 2015 were asked to create their own version of the Pink Panther: Fausto Mesolella, Enzo Pietropaoli, Eleonora Bianchini, Riccardo Zegna & Giampaolo Casati, Peo Alfonsi & Salvatore Malore, Scott Hamilton in trio with Paolo Birro and Alfred Kramer. They all gave birth to truly original performances, rather than merely trying to mimic the original theme. The six new Pink Panther versions were recorded in a perfect analog style, with both Ampex ATR 102, spinning at 76cm per second with half inch/two track tapes, and the renowned valve Studers from the 1950s (yes, those used by the Beatles) spinning at 38cm per second with one inch/two tracks tapes.

Fonè’s DSD edition of the album, available on Native DSD Music includes the 6 new renditions of this classic theme music plus one piece by each of the artists that took part in this sonic adventure. Guitarist Fausto Mesolella chose to include a previously unreleased track in this collection. It is a one-of-a-kind reinterpretation of “O Sole Mio”, featuring the legendary sound of his guitar and the amazing voice of Raiz, lead singer for Almamegretta. Instead of singing in Neapolitan, his lyrics are based on an ancient Hebrew text inspired by the sun.

This is just the first of a series of “Pink Panther” DSD recordings. In fact, all the artists that will work with Giulio Cesare Ricci and fonè in 2016 are set to share the same fate.



2). Dos In Sight by Eleonora Bianchini (vocals) and Enzo Pietropaoli (double bass)

The voice of Eleonora Bianchini and the double bass by Enzo Pietropaoli are back

The artistic adventure of DOS goes on, after the successful experience of the duo’s self-titled debut album (“DOS”) – also available on sale from Native DSD. That album marked the beginning of an artistic bond between the voice of Eleonora Bianchini and the double bass played by Enzo Pietropaoli.

DOS presents IN SIGHT, their second album features an original glance at international pop songs (from Michael Jackson to Oasis), Italian classics (including Battiato, Battisti and Celentano) and previously unreleased songs, all connected in a journey along a gracefully homogeneous path. The voice of Eleonora Bianchini blends perfectly with the sonic taste of Enzo Pietropaoli, who is able to let his instrument “sing” in extraordinary ways. “Standard” recordings often tend to penalize the sound of double bass, whereas the recordings created by fonè are able to emphasize the musicality of this instrument, making all of the upper harmonics perfectly audible, with a peculiar richness in timbre available to our listeners in DSD Stereo.

The recordings took place in a natural environment. In this case, our choice was the Auditorium Hall at the Piaggio Museum in Pontedera, a location particularly appreciated by Giulio Cesare Ricci. The Auditorium is located in the factory where the first Vespas used to be assembled in the early 1900s. Today, it stands out for its truly excellent acoustics.

DOS 2 – IN SIGHT is able to offer a special taste, giving a new flavor to all the songs included in the album, most of which are imprinted in the past of any of us.

Dos In Sight

Dos In Sight

3). Confluencia ‘I Musici’, music by Piazolla, Romero, Passarella

I MUSICI “Confluencia”

I Musici – Italy’s most famous chamber music orchestra – is especially renowned worldwide for Baroque music renditions. This time, they measured themselves in a very special repertoire connected with the Latin American culture, performing pieces by Astor Piazzolla, Aldemaro Romero and Héctor Ulises Passarella in DSD Stereo at the NativeDSD Music store.

Héctor Ulises Passarella himself, considered as one of the most talented bandoneonists in the world, is featured as the extraordinary special guest of this project. He contributed to the record by composing three movements in which he gave a very peculiar slant and a special value to the taste for interpretation. This great Argentinian artist, composer and musician, has a deep feeling for the tensions of his own people and land. Indeed, he was able to bless I Musici with a great performance under an interpretative perspective, regardless of the Baroque background for which they are traditionally famous.

As usual, the sound quality offered by fonè is capable of enhancing such musical textures, colours and chiaroscuros. What we are talking about is music. As per all of the DSD releases by fonè, our recordings were able to unleash a varied palette of emotions. The beauty of sound is deeply connected with the performance given by the protagonists of this project, as they were able to establish an actual “confluence” between two worlds that appeared to be poles apart.


Confluencia “I Musici”


Giulio Cesare Ricci

Fonè’s Giulio Cesare Ricci made his first recording at tender age of 11 years using a “Geloso” recording system. In the world of classical and jazz music recording, Fonè has for over 25 years been using advanced techniques, aimed at re-creating the atmosphere of the original performance. Each new recording is the result of an enthusiastic encounter between the art of performance and the art of recording, and aims to reproduce the spirit with which works of the past were executed.

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