This is a live recording of Korean Cembalist Chung Su Kyung’s performance of Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg Variations recital.
The Goldberg Variations were composed by Johann Sebastian Bach and first published in 1741. They consist of an aria and a set of 30 variations. It is considered one of the most important classical compositions in history.
Cembalist Chung Su Kyung studied piano in Dongduk Womens University in South Korea, and finished KA Diplom at Hochschule für Musik Freiburg: Master of Music. Attracted by the early music and instruments, Chung mastered Cembalo and Fortepiano KA Diplom, and also graduated with Cembalo Konzertexamen from The Köln University of Music.
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 01:10:45
This is a live recording album recorded in a pure DSD format at Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall.
Simply, Rens Heijnis mic preamp which runs with a battery, and TASCAM DA3000 DSD recorder were used in recording under AB setting of omnidirectional DPA 4006AE (2EA) microphones on each side of the instrument (microphone at the center is for the recital hall recording).
Considering its instrumental characteristics, cembalo’s sound gets thin and cold when the microphone is distant from it and gives an unnatural tone as well as an imbalance in music when the microphone is too close to it.
In general, recording classical music holds two approaches; first is aimed for the sound that the artist hears as he or she plays, and the second is intended to record the direct and reflected sound of the hall that the audience hears from their seats.
Seoul Arts Center’s Recital Hall has a very short reverberation time and therefore, the sound’s clarity is decreased under a distant microphone setting. In fact, high-frequency characteristics are rolled-off and the clarity is lost when listening from the seats. In this album, we tried to record what the artist hears; the sound that runs on the stage. The sound is reflected multiple times and finally reaches the audience, and we recorded the resonance of both direct and early-reflected sound in omnidirectional microphones.
Audioguy prioritizes the absolute balance of direct and reflected sound in the recording. Compared to other Baroque music recordings, this album expresses the direct sound more and clearly, than reflected sound. Lastly, cembalo itself is not affected by the conditioning equipment’s low-frequency sound; however, the equipment sound indeed affects a series of reflecting sounds in the hall. Thus, we did not use any filters or extra processes but left the equipment sound there. If the listener has a full range audio system that can play exceptionally low-frequency sounds, he or she may hear the conditioning equipment sound from a live recording.
Recxording Engineer: Choi Jung Hoon
Rens Heijnis mic preamp
|Original Recording Format
Jung-Hoon Choi, Kang-Woo Lim
Seoul Arts Center Recital Hall
|Recording Type & Bit Rate
|November 18, 2016
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