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Chopin, Préludes Op.28

Alberto Sanna, Fortepiano

Instrument: Fortepiano after J. Fritz 1816 - Joris Potvlieghe, 2019

Album design: Laurent Simon

Consultant Microphone positioning: Joris Potvlieghe

Recorded analog with Studer A80r Reel-to-reel

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On this recording

Our recording label Authentic Sound is today known for the groundbreaking Tempo research brought on the homonym YouTube channel. The foundation of the brand lays on the project of implementing musicological research into musical practice and experimentation.

Our recording project indeed brings to you a fresh and unique interpretation based on the reconstruction of the original tempi originally meant for the music of the greatest classical composers.

If you are looking for a completely different perspective on history of music, if you are interested in discovering a "new" Chopin and many other geniuses and if you are curios to hear what they heard as well you are in the right place!

Our Tempo research starts here, with a metronome…what is all of this about?

all on the final audio quality. 

Metronome (Web)

One of the peculiarities of the project, is this beautiful state of the art Johann Fritz Viennese fortepiano 1816 copy made by Joris Potvlieghe in 2019. “Mr.Fritz”, as we call him here, will bring you into a new world, mesmerize you with his pure and warm sound, that sings like a human voice and embraces you like full power orchestra at the same time!

All the recordings we make are captured by one of the greatest recording devices ever made: A Studer A80r. The machine was built in 1981 by the famous Swiss company and brought back to factory specifications per our request in 2016 by Andreas Kuhn of Studer Analog Audio Switzerland. The original readings of 1981 were taken as a guidance. The original Studer measurement equipment was used to align the machine. All capacitors were replaced, the machine received two brand new original Studer heads and is ready to serve us for the coming decades.

Why an analog recording in a digital era? Yes, on paper, digital surpasses any analog medium on every field. Dynamic range, distortion, signal/noise ratio...but there seems to be something more with analog. When compared to a high end A/D convertor, the tape sounds so much more open and relaxed, in a way that surprised even the most skeptical listener we blind-tested. Does it color the sound? Probably, for the better I’d say, but even a one centimeter change in mic position will also change the sound, more than a change of medium will. like driving a Rolls Royce with no limitations in power. And there’s nothing more relaxing than recording in Analog. Just press two buttons and you’re good to go.

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