Baroque (2016)

Purcell, Scheidt, Duben, Handel, Fabricius, Roman, Verdier

Andrew Dalton

Baroque features Countertenor Andrew Dalton and the Drottningholms Barockensemble performing works by Baroque composers Henry Purcell, Samuel Scheidt and George Frederick Handel, among others. Founded in 1971, The Drottningholms Barockensemble is a Swedish ensemble, dedicated to performances of baroque music on period instruments.

Baroque is an Analog Recording that has been transferred to Stereo DSD 128 and DSD 64 by 2xHD-Naxos.

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Andrew Dalton

Andrew Dalton won the ABC’s Instrumental and Vocal Competition (now the Young Performers Awards) and continued his studies in London. 

Since then, he has toured extensively throughout Europe, appearing at most major festivals including Munich, Berlin, Paris, Edinburgh and Salzburg, and has undertaken concert tours in Australia, the Far East and USA (with the Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble). 

His opera performances have similarly taken him throughout Europe and include: 

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Linz, Lubeck, Karlsruhe, Basel and Cologne) 
Death in Venice (Scottish Opera and Geneva) 
Ariodante (Theatre des Champs Elysees, Paris) 
L’Egisto (Scottish Opera) 
Rodrigo (Innsbruck) 
Agrippina (La Fenice, Venice) 
Le Convenienze ed Inconvenienze di Teatrali (La Fenice, Venice) 
Orfeo (Geneva) 
Belshazzar (Lausanne) 
Il ritorno d’Ulisse (Avignon and Lausanne) 
Fetonte (La Scala, Milan) 
Messiah (Covent Garden) 

In 1991 Andrew Dalton returned to live in Australia. Since then, he has appeared with Opera Australia in Death in Venice; Il coronazione di Poppea; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; and in the highly acclaimed production of Handel’s Julius Caesar. He has given concerts with the Australian Chamber Orchestra and performed with all the Symphony Australia Orchestras and has made several internationally acclaimed recordings (for BIS, EMI and ETCETERA labels) including solo recitals of Henry Purcell and John Dowland. 

His television appearances have included the title role in Stradella’s San Giovanni Battista for Swedish Television; a film on the life of Queen Christina (which won the Prix Italia Award); a documentary on Handel for Granada Television; and Opera Australia’s production of Julius Caesar. 

He has held teaching positions at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music; Music Department of the University of Queensland; and Head of Voice at ANU, Canberra.

Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble

Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble (also known as DBE) was formed by violist Lars Brolin in 1971. The six original musicians set out to record 1600s and 1700s music on period instruments. Today, the number of members has grown and it is presently an orchestra of strings, brass, percussion and timpani. Concert Masters for the ensemble are violinist Nils-Erik Sparf, who is also first violinist in Uppsala Chamber Soloists, and Stefan Lindvall, who is a freelance musician with Norway, Sweden and Denmark as base. 

Through the years, DBE had the opportunity to work and touring in several countries and continents including the USA, China, Australia, Spain, Germany, France and Japan. Many famous performers and conductors have chosen to collaborate with the ensemble. In Sweden, concerts have been arranged with the Eric Ericson Chamber Choir and the Bach Choir. Global artist collaborations include conductors Christopher Hogwood, Andrew Parrott, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Sigiswald Kuijken, Emmanuelle Haim and Alfredo Bernardini and soloists Anne Sofie von Otter, Malena and Emma Kirkby. Since 2006 the ensemble has partnered with soprano Barbara Hendricks. This cooperation has so far resulted in three recordings and numerous tours in France, Morocco and Japan. 

Some 60 recordings have been made by DBE on the BIS, EMI, Musica Svecia and Naxos labels with works by Bach, Handel, Telemann and Roman to name a few. The recording of Vivaldi's "The Seasons" became internationally recognized and chosen as the best recording of the work in the prestigious German magazine Audio. 
Since 2005 Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble own concert series with about 6 concerts per year. Through the years, both the different configurations of the DBE as a large number of visiting groups and soloists participated. From 2010, the series is a collaboration with the Engelbrecht church in Stockholm. 

Since 2005 Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble's own concert series has included about six concerts a year. Through the years, both the different configurations of the DBE as a large number of visiting groups and soloists participated. In 2011 the ensemble celebrated its 40th anniversary with three festive concerts, where both barockoboisten Alfredo Bernardini composer Carl Unander-Scharin were on the program."

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Baroque (2016)

Purcell, Scheidt, Duben, Handel, Fabricius, Roman, Verdier

Andrew Dalton

Digital Converters: Merging Technologies Horus DSD A/D
Mastering Engineer:

René Laflamme - Transfer from Analog to DSD 64fs and DSD 128fs

Production Notes:

For the 2xHD transfer of this recording from Analog Tape to DSD, the original 1/4”, 15 ips CCIR master tape was played on a Nagra-T modified with high-end tube playback electronics, with a pair of Dolby A, wired with OCC silver cable from the playback head direct to a Telefunken EF806 tube. The Nagra T has one of the best transports ever made with four direct drive motors, two pinch rollers and a tape tension head. We did an analog transfer for each high-res sampling and A & B comparisons were made with the original LP, using the KRONOS turntable with a BLACK BEAUTY tone arm. 

Each format (DSD 2.8 MHz and DSD 5.6 MHz) was created using Merging Horus Analog to DSD converter, calibrated to the required format, and a dCS Vivaldi clock. 

Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD128

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