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Candlewood Digital was founded in 2006 by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman, following thirty combined years of working together at one of New York's premier classical recording studios.

Completed by mobile engineering specialist Robert LaPorta, the Candlewood Digital staff of professionals offers musicians a high-end recording resource unsurpassed in skill, experience, and dedication to the highest standards, both musical and technical.


Our company is based on our values.

At the center of everything we do is the music.

We believe in treating people with kindness, respect, and patience.

We are an old-fashioned business.

"Candlewood has become recognized as one of the most respected classical recording firms in the industry"

Fanfare Magazine, September/October 2010

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The Arianna String Quartet, recording Beethoven Quartets in St. Louis

with Candlewood: John McGrosso, Julia Sakharova,

Kurt Baldwin, Joanna Mendoza. Photo: Karen Palmer.



Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band, in and out of uniform!

First r ecordings of music of Thomas Coates

with Candlewood in Alexandria, VA: conductor Douglas Hedwig

is at center; Candlewood's Wayne Hileman and Richard Price

are in black below. Photos: Jan Z. Duga.





Recording at the Windham Chamber Music Festival: cello soloist

Zuill Bailey with Candlewood's Richard Price and Wayne Hileman, above, and performing with the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra, Robert Manno, conductor, below. (Wayne was principal bassoonist in the orchestra,

thus the attire!) Thanks to Larry Glazener and Michael Ryan for the photos.





At Warner Concert Hall, Hall, Oberlin College, recording chamber works

of Ravel and Debussy: master piano technician John Cavanaugh,

pianist Ann Schein, Candlewood producer/engineer Richard Price.

(Not in photo: cellist Darrett Adkins and violinist Earl Carlyss.)




Virtuoso horn duo MirrorImage, recording with Candlewood

at Penn State University: hornist Michelle Stebeleton,

pianist Tomoko Kanamaru, hornist Lisa Bontrager. Thanks to Jana Bontrager

at for this and the other photos

from these sessions on the Our Services page!



The Fontenay Chamber Players at St. Francis Episcopal Church,

in Stamford, CT, recording Debussy's Petite Suite with Candlewood:

Una Tone, violin, Renata Falkner, viola, CanDig engineer

Wayne Hileman, Lynn Bechtold, violin, Wendy Kerner, harp and

arranger, Kathy Taylor, clarinet, Maryly Culpepper, flute,

and Kathy Cherbas, cello.



Candlewood at magnificent Mechanics Hall, in Worcester,

Massachusetts, recording music of Franck and Bloch

with violinist Zina Schiff and pianist Cameron Grant.



Candlewood recording chamber works of William K. Brehm in Baltimore, MD, at Gilliam Concert Hall, Morgan State University: arranger Howard Begun, violionist Elisabeth Adkins, flutist Emma Resmini, executive producer Loretta Giles, pianist Lisa Emenheiser, and Candlewood's Richard Price.



A return to London for Candlewood with the music of Barbara Harbach: the London Philharmonic Orchestra recording her four Symphonies at Henry Wood Hall, London, for MSR Classics. Above, producer Richard Price of Candlewood Digital, conductor David Angus, composer Dr. Barbara Harbach,and recording engineer Mike Hatch of Floating Earth UK. Not in the photo: project manager Patrick Garvey, of Patrick Garvey Management, London.



Recording Canciones Espanolas in Vienna, Virginia: pianist Henry Dehlinger, Candlewood engineer Wayne Hileman, Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, Candlewood producer Richard Price.

Thanks to James for the photos! (More on the Our Services page).





The Girls' Choir of Christ Church, Greenwich, CT, directed by Jamie Hitel, recording a new CD with Candlewood in the Christ Church sanctuary. Photo by Joanne Bouknight (more of Joanne's photos from these sessions

on the Our Services page).




The first recording on the new Fisk Op. 137 organ at Christ Church, Andover, MA: organist Barbara Bruns with the Thompson Brass Ensemble (L to R: Philip Swanson, Gabe Langfur, Barbara Bruns, Kevin Owen, Jim Thonpson, and Richard Given). This CD will feature music for organ and brass recorded by Candlewood in three different churches, on three different Fisk organs, to be released in late summer 2013

on MSR Classics. Photo: Oliver Chamberlain.



Robert Craft's Schoenberg series for Naxos continues with an all-star string ensemble: the Fred Sherry Quartet and friends, recording Verklärte Nacht in its original string sextet version. L to R: CanDig producer Richard Price, violist Yura Lee, violinist Leila Josefowicz, cellist Michael Nicolas, violinist David Chan, violist Paul Neubauer, engineer Tim Martyn of Phoenix Audio, and cellist Fred Sherry, at the American Academy of Arts & Letters, New York City. Thanks to Carol Archer for the photo.




The St. Louis Lower Brass Collective, recording Barbara Harbach's

Spirit of St. Louis at the Lee Theatre of the Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri-St.Louis. Composer Harbach at

back row center; in black shirts, Candlewood producer/engineers

Richard Price and Wayne Hileman.



Recording choral works of Nancy Wertsch at the Church of the Resurrection, NYC: Candlewood producer Richard Price, composer Nancy Wertsch, conductor Harold Rosenbaum, and the New York Virtuoso Singers (CanDig engineer Wayne Hileman is at right rear.) Thanks to Chris Creaghan for the great photo!



What's New


New Commercial CD Projects

New projects on the the schedule include the continuing series of the middle quartets of Beethoven, with the Arianna String Quartet, being produced and recorded by Candlewood in St. Louis; unrecorded vocal music of Vincent Persichetti, to be recorded by Candlewood at Lefrak Auditorium of the Aaron Copland School of music at Queens College, New York City, with soprano Sherry Overholt, bass-baritone Lee Velta, and pianist Joshua Pierce; the New York City Childrens' Chorus, under the direction of Mary Huff; French works for violin, cello, and piano as well as solo piano, with longtime Juilliard Quartet violinist Earl Carlyss, cellist Darrett Adkins, and renowned pianist Ann Schein, at Oberlin College; music for organ, harp, and voice, to be recorded at the Church of Christ and St. Stephen's, New York City, with organist Nigel Potts, mezzo Sarah Rose Taylor, and harpist Grace Cloutier; new works of composer Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and the Eastman Broadband Ensemble, to be recorded at the Eastman School, Rochester, NY, for release on Urtext Classics; and more.



Into the New Season!

The 2014-2015 concert season gets underway with Candlewood recording the Pro Arte Singers in their 42nd season under Music Director Arthur Sjogren; the Windham Festival Chamber Orchestra (above), conducted by Music Director Robert Manno, at the Doctorow Center for the Performing Arts in Catskill, NY, in a program of Baroque and Classical wind concertos; the New York City Master Chorale, under Music Director Thea Kano, at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, New York City; the Danbury Concert Chorus, under Music Director Christine R. Howlett; the Connecticut Choral Society, under Music Director Eric Dale Knapp; Charis Chamber Voices, conducted by Music Director Arthur Sjogren; the Westchester Symphonic Winds, under Music Director and Conductor Curt Ebersole; the New Jersey Choral Society conducted by Music Director Eric Dale Knapp; Decoda, playing music of Richard Wilson at the Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City; the award-winning choirs and bands of Greenwich High School, conducted by Patrick Taylor and John Yoon; and much more!



Congratulations Meg Bowles! The Shimmering Land wins Best Ambient Release

of 2013!

The Shimmering Land, Meg Bowles' new release on the Kumatone Records label, has won Best Ambient Album of 2013 in the Zone Music Awards,announced live onstage at the ZMR Awards Concert in New Orleans on May 17. The Shimmering Land was also named the #1 New Age CD in radio airplay for 2013 by leading industry website Zone Music Reporter. These are especially unusual achievements for a recording in the ambient/spacemusic genre. Meg's "ambient orchestral" works, produced and engineered by Candlewood Digital, have been featured on such leading syndicated programs as Hearts of Space, Echoes, Secret Music, and Star's End in the US, and One World Radio in the U.K.



More Year-end Honors for David Korevaar's Bach Partitas

Pianist David Korevaar's highly-acclaimed Bach Partitas, released by MSR Classics and produced and engineered by Candlewood Digital, have been named as a 2013 Critics' Choice recording by American Record Guide. Says ARG: "In the new release, there’s very little, if anything, to criticize. Korevaar’s tone is, if anything, better than ever, and the recording engineers and production exquisite. (If I get to record another CD one day, I’ll bring this disc in and say, “The piano should sound just like this!”)



Mary Costanza's Bach Suites

named Recording of the Month by MusicWeb International

Mary Costanza's new 2-CD set of the Bach Cello Suites on MSR Classics has been honored by the prestigious online journal MusicWeb International as Recording of the Month for October. Says critic Stephen Greenbank, "Her performances evince an innate sense of style. Pacing, phrasing, tempi and dynamic contrasts are all convincing. Intonation is spotless. Her technique is formidable and she performs these masterworks in a cultivated and compelling way."



MSR Classics, Robert LaPorta featured in new Musical America publication


Musical America's new online publication "The Recording Maze" features Robert LaPorta and MSR Classics as exemplars of a new recording paradigm for classical musicians. Robert and MSR Classics have a longstanding relationship with Candlewood Digital, dating back to the early 90's, when Robert was head of A&R for EMI Classics and Richard and Wayne were the remastering engineers on EMI's historical reissue programs. "The Recording Maze" is available as a free download here.



Horus has landed!

Candlewood Digital is proud to be one of the first American studios to feature the remarkable new Horus interface, from Merging Technologies. Featuring cutting-edge Ravenna interconnect technology, the Horus has won virtually every major tech award and is one of the most sonically transparent and powerful tools to come our way in many years.


In the Editing/Mastering Rooms

Lighter works for piano and orchestra, with pianist Joshua Pierce joined by Kirk Trevor and the Slovak National Symphony Orchestra; world premiere recordings of brass band music of the 1880s by Thomas Coates, with Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band, on original instruments of the 1880s played at the historically correct band pitch level of A 454 (!), in Alexandria, Virginia; Debussy's Cello Sonata and L'Isle Joyeuse, along with the Ravel Sonatine, recorded by Candlewood at Oberlin College with Ann Schein and Darrett Adkins; music for two horns and piano, with the virtuoso horn duo MirrorImage, recorded at Penn State University for MSR Classics; music of Debussy and Sima Wolf, with the Fontenay Chamber Players; Barbara Harbach's groundbreaking traversal of the complete 120 harpsichord sonatas of Padre Antonio Soler, due out in 2014 on MSR Classics; Beethoven's Middle Quartets, with the Arianna String Quartet, recorded by Candlewood at the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall of the Touhill Arts Center, University of Missouri-St. Louis, for release on Centaur Records. Also in the editing suites: Zina Schiff and Cameron Grant, in the Franck Sonata and other works for violin and piano, recorded by Candlewood at legendary Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA; piano concertos of Tchaikowsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, featuring Joshua Pierce joined by Paul Freeman, Kirk Trevor, and the RTV Symphony Orchestra Slovenia and Slovak National Symphony Orchestra; the ongoing complete Stravinsky and Schoenberg series for Naxos, with conductor Robert Craft and the Philharmonia of London; new and vintage projects from Music Minus One, Classic Jazz, and Inner City Records, and much more!




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