Beethoven & Chopin - Esoteric 30th Anniversary Hybrid Stereo Japanese Import SACD
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Esoteric Celebrates Their 30th Anniversary With This
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ESOTERIC is proud to introduce a new hybrid Super Audio CD recording to
celebrate the brand’s 30th Anniversary.
This recording of piano works is the third title from ESOTERIC label, produced
by bringing together the know-how of ESOTERIC and Octavia Records, with the goal
being a high-quality DSD recording primarily targeting audiophiles. The
resulting recording promises a new level of excitement by bringing to the
listener not only high sound quality, but also the captivating musical power
embodied in the original works themselves.
Super high quality recording
“Absolutely no compromise” – this is the mission statement of the ESOTERIC
recordings produced by Motoaki Ohmachi. The recording took place at “i Plaza
hall” located in Tokyo. The sound of i Plaza hall is the best available in Tokyo
- very clear reverb, no unwanted reflections, woody and musical. We searched for
the ultimate piano for this recording, and finally brought a very special piano
into i Plaza hall; 150th anniversary Steinway Concert Grand D-274, No.562364,
manufactured in the early 2000’s. This particular piano was selected and brought
from Germany to Japan by a special request from pianist Krystian Zimerman for
his performance in Japan.
The recording engineer, Mr. Tomoyoshi Ezaki of Octavia Records Inc., provided us
the best sound quality. From the selection of microphone cables to his choice of
special customized equipment, his approach is unique but common with ESOTERIC’s
audio engineering style. Mr. Ezaki extensively and constantly had discussion
with piano technician, Mr. Adachi and micro-adjusted the key touch constantly
during recording session. The result is the best tonal response from the fingers
of Zarafiants you can hear from this marvelous recording works.
Engineered to enable the selection and comparison of sound captured by each
microphone, set at different positions. (SACD layer / Chopin works only):
The Chopin tracks were recorded using two sets of different microphones. On the
back cover of the disc sleeve, there is a track list. You can choose between
multiple microphone setup (“multi”) and one-point microphone setup (“one point”)
for the two Chopin SACD layer tracks. For “multi” tracks, the microphone was set
at audience listening position, and hall ambience recorded with another set of
microphones was blended. For “one point” tracks, the microphone was set at
player’s position without using ambient microphone to capture more direct sound
from the piano.
Definitive sound quality sought from the DSD recording stage to the clock
generator, lines, and power cables used in mastering:
The highest quality ESOTERIC products were used for the power cables and line
cables used on the AD converter, the rubidium clock generator, and the hard disk
drive. To reduce noise interference, devices were removed from racks and matched
with compatible insulators. Our uncompromising approach was also extended to
working times. Mastering was done late at night to ensure a more stable power
Evgeny Zarafiants was born in 1959 in Novosibirsk, Russia, and raised by
musician parents. At the age of eight, he entered Russia's most prestigious
Central Music School at the Moscow State Conservatory, where he received an
elite education for musically gifted children. There he studied along with
schoolmates Mikhail Pletnev and Ivo Pogorelich. In 1975 he went on to study at
the Gnessin State Musical College and later graduated with top honors from each
of the following: the Orsk Music Academy, the Glinka Conservatoire and the
Glinka Conservatoire Graduate School. During that time he won prizes at numerous
piano competitions including the All-Russian Piano Competition.
It was, however, in 1995 that he rose to international prominence after winning
the second prize at the Pogorelich International Piano Solo Competition in
The world of Evgeny Zarafiants is one of tremendously beautiful resonance and
highly spiritual sound that deeply touches his listeners' hearts and strikes the
chord with his audience, thus adding even more to his reputation as "The Poet of
Limited Edition - 3000 Copies!
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a 'Red Book' Stereo CD Layer which is playable on
most conventional CD Players!
• Made in Japan
• Mastered at Exton Studio, Tokyo
Evgeny Zarafiants, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27-2 "Moonlight"
1. Adagio sostenuto
3. Presto agitato
Piano Sonata No. 26 in E-flat major, Op. 81a "Les Adieux"
4. Adagio - Allegro
5. Andante espressivo
Frederic Francois Chopin (1810-1849)
7. Ballade No. 1 in G minor Op. 23
8. Scherzo No. 1 in B minor Op. 20
9. Scherzo No. 2 in B-flat minor Op. 31
Recorded January 24-25, 2017 at Inagi Municipal i Plaza, Tokyo