Bolivar Soloists: Musica de Astor Piazzolla (LP)
Direct-to-Disc Recording, Limited Edition, numbered
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Bolivar Soloists - Musica De Astor Piazzolla
"I met the five members of the Bolivar Soloists during a recording session with Rolando Villazon and was immediately thrilled by their passion, joy in music-making, musicality, virtuosity and temperament. I asked them if they would like to make a direct-to-disc recording with me, well, actually I had to first explain to them what was meant by the term. I explained to them that they would not only have to play a complete work but a whole LP side in a single take, and that not even one note could be corrected later; the recording sessions would be far more intensive, and their pulse rate would rocket during the recording. Furthermore, they would have quite a different feeling when listening to the recording on LP rather than CD, and the musicians and recording team would need to work together very closely... The Bolivar Soloists accepted the offer and it was immediately clear to them that for such a unique project they would record works by their revered Astor Piazzolla.
The Bolivar Soloists played like the devil (or like angels, depending on how you look at it). We cut five lacquers in all, the A side three times, and the B side twice. In between the recordings we took a short break during which intensive discussions took place. After the last take (in this case the equivalent of cutting an LP side) the tension subsided, and we all hugged one another. Juan Manuel, the violinist, even asserted that he had never played so well in all his life. What a statement! And what better reason could one have for using this particular recording technique." - Rainer Maillard (Producer of the direct-to-disc recording):