12 Guitar Ensemble

Forestare Ensemble

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This unusual ensemble of 12 guitars, 2 double basses and the occasional percussion offers a fresh, 21 st century glance at the baroque era. Forestare’s more modern guitar arrangement gives a new perspective to this traditional music which is normally played by small string chamber ensembles with the occasional wind instruments.

The energy emanating from the players make this a captivating introduction to the classical genre in a contemporary way. Without betraying the authenticity of these timeless compositions.

The audiophile DXD recording took place at the Saint Augustin Church in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, which is known for its fine acoustics. Only three Schoeps M222 microphones were used in the Pure Decca Tree microphone technique.

Forestare Ensemble 

 

Tracklist

1.
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 BWV 1048 I. Allegro Moderato
05:55
2.
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 BWV 1048 II. Adagio
00:44
3.
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 BWV 1048 III. Allegro
05:46
4.
J.S. Bach Fantasia Super: Komm, heiliger geist BWV 651
06:47
5.
Vivaldi Sonata No. 2, Op 1, Rv 63 'la Folia' arr. David Pilon
12:00
6.
Vivaldi Concerto No. 2 I. Adagio e Spiccato
02:02
7.
Vivaldi Concerto No. 2 II. Allegro
02:37
8.
Vivaldi Concerto No. 2 III. Larghetto
04:02
9.
Vivaldi Concerto No. 2 IV. Allegro
02:23
10.
J.B. Lully, Bourgeois gentilhomme I. Ouverture - Arr. Dave Pilon
02:59
11.
J.B. Lully, Bourgeois gentilhomme II. Air - Arr. David Ratelle
02:47
12.
J.B. Lully, Bourgeois gentilhomme III. Canarie - Arr. David Ratelle
01:24
13.
J.B. Lully, Bourgeois gentilhomme IV. Marche pour la ceremonie der Turcs - Arr. Dave Pilon
02:17

Total time: 00:51:43

Additional information

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2XHDFO1203

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Analog to Digital Converter

2xHD Custom Analog to Digital Converter

Cables

Siltech

Mastering Engineer

Rene Laflamme

Mastering Room

Nagra HD DAC X Digital to Analog Converter

Microphones

Only three Schoeps M222 microphones were used in the Pure Decca Tree microphone technique.

Original Recording Format

Producer

Andre Perry

Recording Engineer

Rene Laflamme

Release Date May 31, 2021

Press reviews

HiFi Critic

This set almost does what it says on the tin. A more accurate title would be ’12 Guitar, Two Double Bass and Occasional Percussion Ensemble’ – but while the massed instruments may stir thoughts of classical works played by ukulele orchestras, this is an exceptionally long way from that.

The dozen guitarists of the Forestare Ensemble have long been performing together, and it shows in this wonderfully energetic and detailed recording of works by Bach, Vivaldi, and Jean-Baptiste Lully, fully revealing the immersion of the players in the Baroque styles here – impressive, since to date their repertoire has been more modern.

Of course, the exemplary recording to DXD, by the 2xHD team of producer André Perry and recording and mastering engineering René Laflamme, plays its part, too, not only in capturing all the intricacies of the scoring and playing, but also the sheer brio of the performances and the lively Montréal church acoustic in which the performances took place.

That’s in no small measure due to the recording technique: faced with 15 musicians, the team eschewed a multiple- microphone approach, instead going for just three Schoeps mikes in a pure Decca Tree configuration of left, right and center.

It all makes for a delightfully lucid, unforced sound, inviting the listener to make the decision whether to focus closer into the generous soundstage or just let the music pour forth. Either approach is equally rewarding.

Journal de Montréal 5 out of 5

An innovation that’s truly out of the ordinary, appealing to all Baroque and guitar enthusiasts.

Chili’s Radio Beethoven 5 out of 5

The best guitar ensemble of the moment.

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