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Otello Live at Schloss Elmau

Dieter Ilg, Patrice Heral, Rainer Böhm

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Otello Live at Schloss Elmau is the third album at NativeDSD from bassist Dieter Ilg. It follows his earlier albums Bass and Goodbye Pork Pie Hat with Charlie Mariano.

Like his earlier releases, this is a Stereo album that was transferred from Analog Master Tape to Stereo DSD 256 by Dirk Sommer of Sommelier du Son. It is exclusively available in Stereo DSD 256 plus Stereo DSD 128 and DSD 64 at NativeDSD. The additional DSD editions were created in the DSD Domain by Tom Caulfield at NativeDSD Mastering Labs using the Signalyst HQ Player 4 Pro mastering software. It is a DSD Exclusive, Not Available on SACD release.

Originally recorded in 2011 as a special analogue edition, this album features impressive variations of Verdi’s master opera “Otello” by Germany’s leading bassist Dieter Ilg. In a trio with Rainer Böhm (piano) and Patrice Heral (drums). Otello performed Live at Schloss Elmau in Germany.

In the fourth act of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Otello’ the story culminates with Othello, frantic with jealousy, planning to murder his wife Desdemona. At this point you hear Verdi’s stroke of genius – a powerful bass line that goes right through you, and for bass players this line has been one of the highlights of classical music ever since. Dieter Ilg discovered it early in his career and it has been the initial part of his daily practice ever since.

Nevertheless, the road to Ilg’s first album on ACT, Otello Live at Schloss Elmau, was a long one; an internationally famous bass player, he has had a remarkable 20-year career outside classical music… Searching for a recognizable project that would suit him, Ilg turned to his long-standing passion for Verdi and began to rediscover it. “Otello is an inspiration,” he says. “It is continuously in motion. Just take a look at Verdi’s harmonic turns that have often been used in jazz, but just in a different way. This is a perfect example of bridging the gap. Equally important is the dramatic component of the music that can be created through the individual interpretations and improvisations.” For this project he not only returned to the line-up he had favoured in the early stages of his career, but also found the two ideal musicians for his trio.

The pianist Rainer Böhm had first attracted Ilg’s attention in 2007, when he was judging the Jazzhaus piano competition which Böhm won. In the meantime, Böhm has been awarded with several other important accolades – most recently he followed in Ilg’s footsteps by winning the Jazzpreis Baden-Württemberg. The style of the French drummer and percussionist Patrice Heral is also one of a kind – it varies from subtle passages to powerful solos with loops and mouth percussion. Perfectly fitting alongside Ilg’s singing bass, these two accompanists are the ideal choice. The trio precision in the use of musical expressions is balanced through their recognition of the importance of pauses, as well as the power of calmness. Examples of technically brilliant realizations of these principles are the fragile ‘Ave Maria’ or on the other side of the spectrum, the groovy version of the famous ‘Fuoco di Gioia’.

Dieter Ilg – Bass
Patrice Heral – Drums
Rainer Böhm – Piano


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Fuoco di gioia
O là
A questa tu
Ave Maria

Total time: 00:41:32

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Analog Tape Recorder

Studer A810

Analog to Digital Converter

Mytek Brooklyn at DSD 256 with Ferrum Hypsos Power Supply Unit


Two Microtech Gefell UM 70 S (cardioid) as Overheads, a Shure SM57 for Snare, an Electro Voice PL20 for Bass Drum, the Earthworks PianoMic System for Grand Piano and a Microtech Gefell UM 70 S (cardioid) for Double Bass


Monitored by Beyer Dynamic and Stax headphones and Marantz LD 50 speakers driven by a Bryston 2B-LP amplifier


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Original Recording Format

Power Supply

PS Audio Power Plant


Dieter Ilg & Dirk Sommer

Recording Engineers

Dirk Sommer & Birgit Hammer-Sommer

Recording Location

Schloss Elmau in Germany during February 2011

Release DateAugust 16, 2022

2 reviews for Otello Live at Schloss Elmau

    This is certainly different from the Qobuz version of this album. It was definitely a surprise. I am enjoying this download, but it is very different.

    I just wanted to add something to my previous review. I have spent several days with this recording and WOW !!! It is just fantastic !!!

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