STEVE SIU AT THE STEINWAY SOMEWHERE IN TIME DXD CD
Super High Definition format: Digital eXtreme Definition 24-bit 352.8kHz CD! Playable on all CD players!
A terrific piano extravaganza!
When Steve Siu's fingers are at work, it doesn't sound like a piano is being
played. But rather, the splendid sound of a symphony orchestra comes alive.
Simply put, he employs the full range of the keyboard to convey emotions in
their purest form. He has an innate sensitivity to nuances of expression, and
plays from the heart as well as from the mind. His captivating interpretations
blend a dazzling technique, impeccable phrasing, and innovative musical
embellishments to create the distinctive sound for which the artist is renowned.
At the urging from an FIM fan, Winston Ma arranged for a meeting between him &
pianist Steve Siu in early 2003. Impressed by his performance at the local piano
showroom, Mr. Ma decided he was, indeed, worthy of recording for FIM. Only a few
months later, in July 2003, a recording session was scheduled for Steve in an
old church in L.A. At the keyboard of one of the best nine-foot Concert Grand
Hamburg Steinways available at the time, Steve smoothly completed the session in
just one day.
One might wonder why it took so long (from 2003 to 2009) to release this
recording. The first attempts at mastering this recording (in Burbank, CA)
failed miserably to the disappointment of Winston Ma. Although he believed in
this performance, he did not believe in the mastered and remastered versions.
Unfortunately, it all boils down to the fact that the first mastered disc was
flawed; however, the master tapes on Exabyte format (discovered years later),
unedited and not yet mastered, were completely useable!
After some meticulous mastering and fine tuning, and with the help of Bruce
Brown, the sound began to take shape and the final version was excellent -
worthy of the FIM stamp of approval!
As a final note, the bonus track is a medley of popular Hong Kong melodies
improvised by Steve as a tribute to his, and Winston Ma's, longing for their
DXD Digital eXtreme Definition:
Digital eXtreme Definition (DXD) is an audio encoding scheme that was developed
for editing high-resolution recordings because DSD, the audio standard used on
Super Audio CD is not ideally suited for editing. DXD is a PCM-like signal with
24-bit resolution sampled at 352.8 kHz - eight times 44.1 kHz, the sampling
frequency of Red Book CD. The data rate is 11.2896 Mbit/s - four times that of
FIM/LIM DXD CDs have taken this a step further to bring you closer to the
source. Instead of making two or more sample rate conversions as with SACD, FIM/LIM
recorded the source in DXD! The data rate for a DXD mono signal is 8467.2MHz, or
more than 3X the data rate of a typical SACD! Experience the closest you can get
to the original performance in the comfort of your home!
• 99.99% Fine Silver disc
• Digital eXtreme Definition CD
• 24-bit 352.8 kHz
1. Chariots of Fire
2. A Time For Us
3. Somewhere My Love
4. Somewhere In Time
5. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
6. Moon River
7. Music of the Night
8. The Summer Knows From Summer 42'
9. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing
10. My Funny Valentine
11. Can't Help Falling In Love
12. Hong Kong Medley
Total playing time, 60:38