This recording took place in December 1992 at Maurice Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah. The hall is noted for its clean acoustics, linear reverberation, and midrange focus. As in most other Wilson Audio chamber and solo piano recordings, the perspective is close... as though the instruments are performing in your listening room.
The piano is a nine-foot Falcone - an instrument of unusual beauty in its harmonic richness as well as its left hand power. A spaced pair of omni-directional Schoeps microphones was used. This configuration yields a superbly accurate presentation of harmonics, timbres, and dynamics. The cello is an example of the Italian Luthier Pressenda, crafted in 1830, in Turino. The cello bows are the work of William Salchow of New York.
When listening to this recording, the cello is positioned in front of the piano. The cello is to the right of center, facing diagonally across the soundstage. The image of the cello is rather large, and moves in the soundstage as the cellist plays the instrument. This is a normal consequence of the spaced omni configuration, as is the recording's naturally rich harmonic structure. The microphone preamps, designed and built by John Curl, are sophisticated, fully class A, directcoupled units.
The master tape was recorded on the UltramasterTM,Wilson Audio’s exclusive 3O ips analog recorder. This instrument, designed and built by John Curl, is fully direct-coupled, and exhibits a record/playback frequency bandwidth of over 45 KHz. 3M 996 mastering tape was used. Location monitoring was on Wilson WATT III/ Puppy II precision loudspeakers powered by a Spectral DMA-8O amplifier. At Wilson Audio, master tapes and reference lacquers were evaluated on both the WATT/ Puppy and on the WAMM series VII, powered by a variety of amplifiers including Mark Levinson, Audio Research, Krell, Spectral, Jadis, Rowland and Audio Note. Excellent compatibility was realized with all of these designs.
This recording was made and mastered using the multi-patented CVT (Constant Velocity Transmission) technologies provided under license to Wilson Audio Specialties by MIT. The use of these technologies preserves details in the recording and mastering process that result in a record or CD with increased clarity and transparency. This ensures a more natural and lifelike representation of the original event. CVT and MIT are registered trademarks of Music Interface Technologies of Auburn, California. Analog mastering was performed at Wilson Audiophile's mastering lab in Provo, Utah.
Executive Producer: Sheryl Lee Wilson
Musical Producer: Bruce Leek
Technical Direction: David A. Wilson
Recording Engineering: David A. Wilson
Editing: Bruce Leek
Production Coordination: Troy Bankhead
Falcone Piano: Performance Pianos of Salt Lake City, Utah Rick Baldassin, President
Cabling: Balanced interfaces and loudspeaker interfaces featuring the patented CVT by MIT
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