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If you Love for Beauty vol. II

Sasha Cooke

Original Recording Format: Analog Tape
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Producer’s Notes
I used to spend a lot of time at The Metropolitan Opera, but have lived in Los Angeles for the past 25 years so no longer hear opera in New York very often. I am therefore doubly grateful to Peter Gelb for creating “The Met: Live in HD” which broadcasts in movie theaters around the world. Even though mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been recognized as a young superstar in concert and opera for many years now, it was as Kitty Oppenheimer in The Met’s 2008 production of John Adams’Doctor Atomic that I first heard her. Half way through her first act aria “Am I In Your Light?” I knew I wanted to work with her. Despite her ferociously busy schedule Sasha responded immediately with a “Yes!” to my suggestion we make her debut album. Since then we had the great pleasure to hear Sasha in Southern California in her debut performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sasha won her first GRAMMY. Award for Sony’s DVD release of Doctor Atomic from The Met.

Bob Attiyeh


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
Poeme de l'Amour et de la Mer - I. La Fleur des eaux
Poeme de l'Amour et de la Mer - Interlude
Poeme de l'Amour et de la Mer - II. La Mort de l'amour

Total time: 00:28:59

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Mastering Engineer

Steve Hoffman, Bob AttiyehYarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer.  We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD    


We “cheated” for this recording, using two coincident Neumann U-47s for 95% of the sound from Sasha and the orchestra and two AKG C-12s for a small amount of reinforcement for the percussion and winds. Both Neumann and AKG microphones were provided by our friend Jon Fisher at Gearworks Pro Audio. We used Messenger microphone preamplifiers made and customized by Elliot Midwood. Elliot’s tube power supplies alone are heavy enough to double as ballast in an ocean liner. We summed into two tracks as usual, without using a mixing board, and went direct to tape, with analog record electronics made by Len Horowitz. Recording “live to tape” challenges the musicians to think and perform in long musical arcs rather than focusing on the perfection of details in individual measures.


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Bob Attiyeh

Recording Engineer

Bob Attiyeh, Jacob Horowitz

Recording location

Zipper Hall, The colburn School

Release DateJanuary 9, 2015

Press reviews

The Absolute Sound

The album If You Love for Beauty Volume II, with Chausson’s “Poeme de l’Amour et de la Mer” sung by mezzo-soprano Sasha [Cooke] with the Colburn Orchestra conducted by Yehunda Gilad is a newish DSD256 recording on Yarlung Records at Played through Roon on a very modest desktop system …sounded extremely rich, even lush …the music was ravishingly beautiful – as were the DSD64 and DSD128 music files I played.

The Phoenix

“has a thrilling, dramatic voice that matches the color of her luxuriant dark red hair, and the empathetic ability to live inside these poems and articulate their variegated emotional shadings”

The New York Times

“sung with aching, wistful intensity”

The New Yorker

“gifted young mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, as Kitty Oppenheimer, was able to create a fresh, vital portrayal, bringing a luminous tone, a generously supported musical line, a keen sense of verbal nuance, and a flair for seduction”

The New York Times

“combining as she did the outward purity of a Renaissance angel and a voice of powerful sensual warmth and excellent musicality”
The New York Times


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