• Behind the Scenes: Recording The Zoo

    Behind the Scenes: Recording The Zoo

    What a fantastic project this has been! Violinist Merel Vercammen set out to record fully free improvisations with eight other classical and jazz artists. After listening to all of the improvisations that came from this, all sorts of animals came to her mind, hence calling the album The Zoo. Each improvisation got titled after an …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Telemann’s 12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Telemann’s 12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba

    Only a few times in your life, you’re faced with the chance of a lifetime. For me, as a recording producer as well as an early-music-lover, my chance of a lifetime was when I was asked by Ralph Rousseau to record Telemann’s recently-discovered 12 Fantasias for Viola da Gamba, that had been thought lost for …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording A Fearful Fairy Tale

    Behind the Scenes: Recording A Fearful Fairy Tale

    Last week, we recorded Russian-Dutch pianist Helena Basilova performing a programme of beautiful fairy-tale music for solo piano (with a hint of additional cello provided by Maya Fridman). The album, titled A Fearful Fairy Tale, will be out this summer, so stay tuned! Good to be back! After such a wonderful session with Alexander Warenberg …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Canti d’inizio e fine

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Canti d’inizio e fine

    This album has been a special one. Canti d’inizio e fine (“songs of the beginning and the end”), written by Maxim Shalygin, was written about the Holocaust and the circle of life and death. Each of the six movements was named after each of the ancient Jewish Angels of Death: Gabriel, Samael, Kapziel, Azrael, Abbadon …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Sonatas

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Sonatas

    There’s something about musical families that just plain enjoyable to record with. Russian-Dutch Alexander Warenberg is someone from such a family: there are many Warenbergs in our classical music industry, all with great talents. And so, together with extraordinary pianist Giuseppe Guarrera, Alexander set out to record two behemoths of sonatas by Dmitri Shostakovich and …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording The Collectors

    Behind the Scenes: Recording The Collectors

    Music for piano and percussion. A duo with without a lot of repertoire, but nonetheless a duo that has the ability to be much more expressive and explosive than any other duo imaginable. The beautiful sonority of a big Fazioli concert grand piano and a collection of the most interestingly varied percussion I’ve ever seen, …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Remgewogen

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Remgewogen

    With an album title composed by the autocorrect feature of a phone, this album promised to be a fun one to record! And so it was. Going Dutch For Remgewogen, guitarist Martin van Hees wanted to feature contemporary Dutch works written for solo classical guitar. By composers such as Roderik de Man, Louis Andriessen, and …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Where The Fence Is The Highest

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Where The Fence Is The Highest

    A chance encounter, that’s all it takes sometimes. I found out about Teis Semey and his music from a YouTube video I saw of him performing one of his suites with his ensemble. I decided to send him a message to see if he’d like to hang out and talk about maybe doing a project …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Traveling Light

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Traveling Light

    Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms in their full glory, but in much more detail and clarity than their orchestral originals! Fantastic! But how? Back to basics The Intercontinental Ensemble is one like no other. Ernst Spyckerelle – now also part of our team here at TRPTK – is not just the first violinist of the ensemble, …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Lacrimosa or 13 Magic Songs

    “I want the album to sound like it’s not 7 violins, but more like a hundred.” That’s what Maxim Shalygin told me before we started the recording. So how to make it sound like there’s a hundred violins playing at the same time? Well, to be fair, that has to do more with the brilliant …

  • Recording Blog - Rafael Fraga Trova Caminhada

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Trova Caminhada

    In the hot summer of 2017, we set out to record a warm, cosy summer album by singer/guitarist Rafael Fraga. The title Trova Caminhada carries different meanings. ‘Trova’ means music, sometimes poetry. ‘Caminhada’ literally means ‘walking’ or even better, ‘outing’. You can therefore see this album a bit as a musical journey through stories and …

  • Behind the Scenes: Recording Red Velvet

    Behind the Scenes: Recording Red Velvet

    Creating a debut statement for both Maya Fridman as a cello soloist, as well as for TRPTK as a label, The Invisible Link turned out to be a tremendous first-for-everything. The next question was, however, how to create something even more impressive? Location Our recording location of choice was the beautiful synagogue space of MerkAz …

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