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Robert Schumann, Liederkreise CD

A CD recording of Robert Schumann's Liederkreise ("Song Cycles") Opp. 24 & 39 using a copy of a Conrad Graf fortepiano from about 1819. Basically a LIVE recording as only unedited complete takes will be included. By José Pizarro (tenor) & David Aijón (fortepiano).

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Welcome to our project! Our aim is to cover the production costs of the master tape, which will consist exclusively of unedited takes. Most record labels nowadays are inclined to dismiss this approach (been there, done that!), so basically the only way to pull this project off is to produce the CD ourselves. And this is where you come in!

WHY RECORD THIS WAY?
Remarkably, few people today seem to realize the need to foster continuity of emotion and spontaneity in recording Classical music -- even if that would mean leaving a few mistakes behind. What seems to matter most is a precise realization of the musical text, which then requires hundreds, or even thousands (!) of editing points. The end result is usually picture-perfect but also quite self-conscious and lacking (how should one put this?) a certain humanity. On the other hand, through the one-take-per-track approach a much more personal expression is achieved, as it basically captures a live performance. Just so you get an idea of what sort of results are expected, here's a demo recording we did last October to kickstart the project

(Incidentally, if you think you'd enjoy an entertaining history of sound recording, I cannot recommend enough Mark Katz's book Capturing Sound: How Technology Has Changed Music.)

WHERE AND WHEN WILL THE RECORDING TAKE PLACE?
We'll record in a church with wonderful acoustics in Cuenca (Spain), and it will take three days to complete (18-20 July, 2013). It's the same place where we recorded the Liederkreis Op. 39 demo, so you can judge for yourself. We're also going to record a concert on the 17th where we'll be performing the Liederkreis Op. 24 plus the original version of Dichterliebe Op. 48 (which has the four wonderful "extra" songs Dein Angesicht, Lehn' deine Wang, Es leuchtet meine Liebe, and Mein Wagen rollet langsam). Some of this concert will be uploaded onto SoundCloud, so stay tuned!

WHAT EXACTLY WILL BE RECORDED?
Don't judge a CD's by its cover: in addition to the two song cycles listed above there will be nine pieces for solo piano (the gorgeous Romance in F-sharp major Op. 28/2 plus a selection from Bunteblätter Op. 99). This information will of course be visible somewhere on the CD, just probably not on the cover. The total length should be around 65 minutes.

WHAT ABOUT THE INSTRUMENT?
Build by Paul McNulty in 2008, it's a copy of Conrad Graf's Op. 318 from about 1819. A realistic instrument to play Schumann's music from 1840, and gorgeous in every way!

HOW WILL THE FUNDS BE ALLOCATED?
Just the rental of the recording equipment for three days amounts to €2,664, and pressing the master tape another €600. Add fees for the two audio engineers & their assistant, a piano technician, travel and lodging costs for six people and the grand total actually goes a bit over €5,000.

WHEN WILL THE CD HIT THE MARKET?
As most of Spain goes on vacation in August, being realistic we're looking at mid-October at the earliest. It'll be available for download much earlier, of course.

Thank you so much for your support!

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#03 / ¡Lo hemos conseguido!

¡¡Lo hemos conseguido!!

¡Hola!

Todavía parece un tanto irreal, pero no sólo hemos llegado sino que ¡hemos superado con creces la cantidad propuesta! La ilusión de sacar este proyecto adelante es tremenda, no sólo porque a partir de ahora tendremos nuestra muy necesaria tarjeta de presentación como dúo, sino también por haberlo compartido y conseguido con y por todos vosotros. Eso no se olvida... En cuanto estén organizados todos los archivos sonoros enviaremos un enlace privado para que os descarguéis el disco (calculamos que la última semana de septiembre). Perdón, por cierto, por el retraso en colgar en SoundCloud algo del concierto de Cuenca. La verdad es que la acústica del lugar para grabar el CD está muy bien, pero para grabar un concierto... no es la ideal, por motivos que no vienen a cuento. Colgaremos de todas maneras una pequeñísima selección como curiosidad en cuanto a diferencia de toma de sonido con respecto al CD.

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#02 / En vivo y en directo

¡Hola!

Después de unos días absolutamente agotadores, y luchando contra todo tipo de contingencias, ¡por fin hemos acabado la grabación! Sólo el departamento de ruidos ha sido espectacular: todos los que se os ocurran, y más... Nos ha comido un buen porcentaje del tiempo de grabación. Pero, bueno, ¡ha merecido la pena! Como sabéis, todavía queda un montón de trabajo hasta tener el CD en mano así que os iremos contando.

La semana que viene colgaremos en SoundCloud unos cuantos números del concierto del pasado miércoles. Pero ojo, la toma de sonido del concierto no es la misma que la del CD... Según fuentes cercanas tanto las interpretaciones como la toma de sonido del CD son todavía mejores que lo que hicimos el pasado octubre en el mismo sitio. ¡Esperemos que sí!

La campaña va espectacularmente bien, así que aprovecho para animar a que sigáis recomendando nuestro proyecto a quien podáis, ¡a ver si así entramos en la recta final!

¡Gracias, gracias, gracias!

#01 / !!! !!!

Ehtamoh que no noh loh creemoh!!! Hemoh pasao er sincuenta por siento en seih díah!!! Soih unoh peaso mesenah!!!

No, en serio, sois la leche. Como sigamos así vamos a grabar un cuádruple CD en directo desde el Madison Square Garden... Estamos ya en los preparativos de la grabación. Intentaremos colgar material del concierto de mañana lo antes posible en SoundCloud.

Un fuerte abrazo y gracias infinitas!
David y José

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