Posts from ‘Cleveland Collection’

Feb
12

Alex---Regondi

Here’s Alexander Milovanov playing Regondi’s Fantasie on Themes from Mozart’s Opera “Don Giovanni” on a fantastic 1981 Daniel Friederich cedar-top from the Russell Cleveland Collection.

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Feb
05

JKim_Bagatelle1_01

Here’s 17-year-old Jennifer Kim playing all five of William Walton’s Five Bagatelles, written for Julian Bream, on a 1966 David ‘Jose’ Rubio from the Russell Cleveland Collection much like the one Bream played at the time he recorded the Bagatelles. And stay tuned for Jennifer’s debut CD ‘Seventeen’, which we will have for sale very shortly.

Huge thanks to the folks at Apogee (ApogeeDigital.com) for the use of their fantastic Ensemble interface.

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Feb
05

George_Soliloquy_02

Here’s George Sakellariou playing Lawrence Long’s ‘Soliloquy’ on the 1969 Jose Ramirez owned and played by Andres Segovia from 1969-1981.

**Update – we’ve had a few requests about the score for this piece, and you can purchase Lawrence Longs’ Soliloquy here.

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Feb
02

Alex_Träumerei_02

Alexander Milovanov came by to play some guitars, and among the guitars from the Cleveland Collection that he played was the 2003 Robert Ruck that had belonged to Manuel Barrueco, one of Alexander’s teachers at Peabody. Alexander played Robert Schumann’s Träumerei, from Kinderszenen, Op. 15, No. 7 (Arr. F. Tárrega).

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Feb
02

JKim_Rodrigo_01

Jennifer Kim was back for more videos and we got some amazing performances. Here she is playing Rodrigo’s Fandango on that amazing 1957 Hauser II that belonged to Julian Bream – the one that Andrew York used to record his new suite ‘The Equations of Beauty’. We’ll have more of Jennifer Kim very soon, and look out for her new CD which will be released any day now!

Huge thanks to the folks at Apogee (ApogeeDigital.com) for the use of their fantastic Ensemble interface.

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Jan
27

Peter_Courante

Here’s more of Peter Fletcher on that amazing 1961 Robert Bouchet from the Russell Cleveland Collection. Here he plays a Scriabin Prelude, Opus 16, No. 4. It’s a miniature of a piece, but quite beautiful.

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Jan
23

mics

We wanted to take a minute to thank Apogee and AEA (Audio Engineering Associates) for all of their help recording the Cleveland Collection guitars. In addition to letting us use their Berkeley studio and the great gear there, Apogee have been letting us use one of their Ensemble interfaces. For the bulk of the GSI videos we use the Apogee Duet interface and mic pres (Andrew York’s Yamour video, below, is a great example of what the Duet can do), and the Ensemble gives us more channels and more mic pres in a unit not quite as portable as the Duet but perfect for a live rig and definitely a few steps up in terms of features.

For most of the GSI videos we use a pair of vintage Neumann km84’s, which are as close to industry-standard as it gets for recording guitars, but there’s something that happens with ribbon microphones that can be kind of magical, so it’s been amazing to be able to use some of the great AEA ribbon mics for Andrew York’s ‘Equations of Beauty’ shoot as well as some shoots with Scott Tennant and Billy Arcila (coming very soon). As you’ll hear, the ribbons capture what you might describe as the wood of the guitar in a unique and beautiful way. Their 44ce is an update of the classic RCA 44 – you’ll have seen Sinatra, Bing Crosby and thousands more singing through these in movies – which is still considered one of the best microphones ever made. Their N22 is a modern phantom-powered design that somehow feels like a combination of the best qualities of the 44 and the Neumann km84. Check out the Fret-X video below to hear the N22s through the Apogee Duet mic pres recording a guitar duo.

Also be sure to check out Andrew York’s new piece The Equations of Beauty, recorded at Apogee’s Berkeley Street studio with their flagship Symphony interface (recorded just before the new Mk2 Symphony was launched) with AEA’s 44ce and N22 microphones.

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Jan
23

Andy_equations

We’re truly pleased to present Andrew York with his new suite The Equations of Beauty in six movements, each named after a mathematical constant. We had talked to York about his playing some of the Cleveland Collection guitars, and the Bream Hauser appealed to him the most, and it turned out to be a pretty perfect fit for the piece, so rather than try to record a bunch of different guitars we decided to record the entire suite on Bream’s 1957 Hauser II.

In York’s words:

“The Equations of Beauty” is a six-movement suite, and each movement is named for a mathematical constant or variable. The names are h, e, π, i, ∞ and c. These symbols stand for the smallest, the fastest, the infinite, the beautiful and mystical transcendental, irrational and imaginary numbers; all the utmost extremes that inhabit the realm of mathematics. I chose the names to match the spirit of each movement. “Equations” is entirely played with a capo on the fifth fret, and the tuning is D A D F# B D.”

We are very grateful to the folks at Apogee Digital who lent us their studio, Berkeley Studios, and their fantastic Symphony interface/converters as well as Bob Clearmountain’s legendary Neve board, whose pres we used. The folks at AEA (www.ribbonmics.com) lent us some fantastic microphones – their 44ce and N22 – which, despite the mic overkill you see in the videos, were the only microphones we used in the final mix.

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Jan
18

Taso_Rumores_03

Here’s Taso Comanescu playing two classic pieces on guitars from Manuel and Jose Ramirez.
Rumores de la Caleta by Isaac Albeniz is played on a c. 1912 Manuel Ramirez and Tarrega’s Capricho Arabe on a 1967 Jose Ramirez ‘AM’.

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Jan
18

Olivia_Venezuelan_02

Here’s Olivia Chiang back at GSI, this time playing two guitars from the Russell Cleveland collection – Antonio Lauro’s Venezuelan Waltz #3 on a 1992 Greg Smallman and Albeniz’ Tango in D on a 1991 Ignacio Rozas.

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