This ‘In The DSD Studio’ blog contains notes from the producers, pictures and videos of the sessions and the release information of two upcoming J.S. Bach DSD releases. The first is saxophone player Raaf Hekkema with Bach’s Cello Suites (arr. Hekkema) for Challenge Classics and the second is harpsichord player Marcin Swiatkiewicz and Friends with Bach Concerti for Channel Classics. Enjoy the read!
1.) In The DSD Studio: Raaf Hekkema Performing The Bach Cello Suites
Challenge Classics writes: “This is so great! Raaf Hekkema performing the Bach Cello Suites on 6 different saxophones. Just finished the editing and mixing and this DSD production will soon be available on Challenge Classics.” Jan 2018 DSD Download Release on Challenge Classics.
Raaf Hekkema arranged the Cello Suites himself for Historic Saxophone and the sheet music will be available at shott-music expectedly in the course of 2018.
Watch ‘The Making Of’ video of this recording here:
Suite 1 on 1922 Conn C-melody saxophone
(a classic that was widely sold in the US at the start of the 20th century)
Suite 2 on 1932 Selmer/Adolphe Sax tenor saxophone
(Selmer’s first saxophone after buying out the remains of Adolphe Sax’s son’s saxophone factory. The instrument consists of mainly Sax’s material, except for the keywork)
Suite 3 on 1991 Yanagisawa Elimona soprano saxophone
(the first soprano with a detachable neck)
Suite 4 on 1928 Conn F mezzo-soprano saxophone
(Conn’s failed attempt to conquer the market with an innovative alto in F)
Suite 5 on 1927 Buescher straight alto saxophone
(Buescher’s failed attempt to conquer the market with an innovative straight alto)
Suite 6 on 1985 Buffet-Crampon Prestige alto saxophone
(The first saxophone in red copper, a softer material that makes it suitable for classical playing)
If you cannot wait to hear him play saxophone arrangements of music written by Bach, we have the earlier DSD recording available at NativeDSD!
2). In The DSD Studio: Bach Concerti with Marcin Swiatkiewicz
Channel Classics was In The DSD Studio in Poland recently with harpsichordist Marcin Swiatkiewicz to record Bach Concerti. The session was produced and engineered by Channel Classics and NativeDSD Music Managing Director Jared Sacks. Looking forward to seeing this one in the NativeDSD Music store in the months ahead.
I have gotten to know Marcin because he is a member of the Brecon Baroque Ensemble – an ensemble that Rachel Podger put together. There was no doubt as to his playing abilities within the ensemble so that for me to drive to Poland to record these Bach concertos using one string player per part sounded like a chance worth taking. Having a small ensemble recording for the Bach gave us the opportunity to really hear all the inner parts that otherwise would be lost when large ensembles play these concertos.
Jared Sacks – Producer, Engineer, Channel Classics Records
If you cannot wait for some fine harpsichord performances in DSD, check Marcin’s previous DSD albums with violinist Rachael Podger on Channel Classics.
Perla Barocca – Early Italian Masterpieces
Rachel Podger, Marcin Swiatkiewicz, Daniele Caminiti
Biber – Rosary Sonatas
Rachel Podger, Marcin Swiatiewicz, David Miller, Jonathan Manson
Along with the wonderful DSD harpsichord releases from Caro Mitis featuring Olga Martynova who answers the question “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Harpsichord (But Were Afraid to Ask)”