Recording Engineering

A Piano Recording Session in 2020

The most valuable asset a recording engineer has is their ears, and having an experienced musician as a recording engineer can be essential in producing a recording that is well-balanced and natural-sounding. A good classical recording captures intimate detail, but maintains an honest and realistic atmosphere. Unfortunately, over-produced and unnatural recordings are now commonplace in the classical music world. We seek to let the music speak for itself in a real, human, honest way.

Joshua Sobel, one of our Artistic Directors, has extensive experience recording classical music, and his recordings have been featured by several groups, including the Organ Historical Society, the American Guild of Organists, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, the Oxford University Press and others. His recordings have been praised for their atmospheric grandness, attention to detail, and intimate sense of humanity.

Being a musician, Joshua has the ability to understand abstract artistic requirements from the performer(s), as well has having a keen instinct for recording techniques. His commitment to capturing recordings that are beyond the standards of himself and his clients has earned him a reputation as an excellent partner in the artistic process of producing recordings.

Matthew Cates plays Messiaen at St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, D.C.

This recording highlights Joshua’s ability to capture complex atmospheric textures and tonal colors.
Matthew Cates plays Beethoven on the lovely historic Steinway piano in Crawford Hall, UNCSA.

This recording highlights Joshua’s ability to capture minute details and huge dynamic contrasts in intimate settings.