This Live to Stereo DSD 128 recording features music from the European Baroque period to 20th Century American and Korean melodies beautifully interpreted by Korean French Soprano Mi Ja Kim accompanied by organist Jean-Marie Fritz.
This is a Pure DSD release from the Organ Music specialists at Base2 Music. Recorded in Stereo DSD 128, it has been transferred to all DSD Bit Rates in the DSD Domain by Tom Caulfield at the NativeDSD Mastering Lab using the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro Mastering Tools.
Jake Purches at Base2 Music tells us “In deciding to make this recording, my intention is to mix Western music, both Baroque (Vivaldi, Handel) and post-Romantic (Fauré, Barber) with Korean melodies, which are themselves marked by European Romanticism, since the composers of these melodies are contemporary and are familiar with western classical music.
This journey is between the West and the East and through various languages (Korean, Latin, French, German, English) and is a voyage through the four seasons. These Korean melodies, and more widely the poetry of my native country, evoke the seasons and the beauty of nature; it is sensitive and very rich in poetry that meets the European poetry of Romanticism. These Korean melodies are usually accompanied in Korea on the piano or by a symphony orchestra.
We chose the Organ because this instrument gives an original touch to the sound color that highlights the originality and specificity of each song. The Organ is an instrument that relies on wind just as the voice does and refers to both the Baroque tradition and the orchestra by its symphonic nature. So another way to associate the East with the West.”
Mi Ja Kim, Soprano
Jean-Marie Fritz, Organ
TracklistPlease note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Total time: 00:46:11
Vivid Audio HQ
None – direct to recorder via pre-amps.
|Original Recording Format|
Recorded Live in Stereo DSD 128 at Temple Protestant de-Dijon (Tracks 1 to 5) and Recorded at Saint-Bernard de Fontaine-les Dijon, France (Tracks 6 to 14) on August 16, 2019.
|Recording Type & Bit Rate|
Vivid Audio G2 and G1 Spirit
|Release Date||October 24, 2019|
My journey through several of these Base2 Music organ recordings continues amid pleasant surprises. This recording of high voice and organ is a combination many recording engineers would find daunting to undertake. Getting the balance right with just a stereo pair of microphones and doing this live directly from the mike preamplifiers into the DSD128 recorder is not something for the faint of heart. But, producer/recording engineer Jake Purches manages to accomplish some excellent results with aplomb.
This is about as direct and pure a recording chain as one can imagine. That Jake gets such superb balance between voice and organ is a testament to his skills finding just the right location within the performing space to set his microphones. And that he is able to do this seamlessly across two different organs and recording venues is remarkable.
Jake Purches tells us: “In deciding to make this recording, my intention is to mix Western music, both Baroque (Vivaldi, Handel) and post-Romantic (Fauré, Barber) with Korean melodies, which are themselves marked by European Romanticism, since the composers of these melodies are contemporary and are familiar with western classical music.”
Nicely and enjoyably performed, very well recorded.
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