Already quite some time ago, we met up with young Russian-Dutch cellist Alexander Warenberg, back when we were based at our old studio in Baarn. We planned on making a recording together for a long while, when after a long while, we got back in touch with some concrete plans. Together with master pianist Giuseppe Guarrera from Italy, he wanted to record both Shostakovich’ and Rachmaninoff cello sonatas. And so we did.
As for our location, we chose the beautiful small hall of the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, in the south of the country. And take “small” with a grain of salt – it’s really not that small – and the reverb, although dryer than you’d expect from a room this size, is lush and beautiful. In the hall stands a magnificent Steinway Model D concert grand on which Giuseppe played. Alexander plays on an 1845 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume cello, courtesy of the Dutch Musical Instruments Foundation.
The recording setup for this album was quite simple, just a main pair of three Sonodore RCM-402 in our Optimized Omnidirectional Array. This was supplemented with a Sonodore MPM-81 Tube microphone on the cello, for this extra bit of kick and definition in the balance. Without it, the piano sometimes easily overrules the cello, in which case you can fade up the spot microphone a little bit to retain detailing in the sound.
The microphones go through custom Furutech 4-pin XLR cables to the power supply, which feed into our Merging Technologies HAPI converters at 352.8 kHz 32 bits. We recorded in Pyramix by Merging Technologies, as for all our albums.