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photo Richard Price
Producer, engineer, editor


Alumnus, The University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Advanced Conducting Study. President, Candlewood Digital LLC. Formerly Senior Engineer with a major New York classical recording studio, with over 1000 commercial CDs to his credit over 26 years. Voting member of NARAS. Work honored with two Grammy nominations and one Grammy award. Prior to entering the recording field, he had a 15-year career as a professional horn player: Borealis Wind Quintet, Galliard Brass Ensemble, Broadway shows, New York freelance artist. Nationally known arranger, with performances by the Toronto, Dallas, Seattle, Detroit Symphonies, Westminster Choir College, Pro Arte Singers, Canadian Brass, Philadelphia Orchestra Brass, New York Philharmonic Brass, Wind Quintet of the Concertgebouw Amsterdam, many others. Works featured on TV (Inspector Lynley Mysteries) and film (Being Julia). Music Director and conductor, Danbury Concert Chorus, 2002-2010; named Music Director Emeritus, May, 2010.


photo Wayne Hileman
Producer, engineer, editor


B.M., Potsdam College-Crane School of Music; M.M., Yale University. Senior Producer/Engineer, Candlewood Digital LLC. 25 years experience in the classical recording business producing, engineering, editing & remastering recordings (new & historic) for numerous labels & artists. Bassoonist with The Borealis Wind Quintet (1988-present, Grammy nomination 2006); has also performed with the Dorian Wind Quintet (03-04), New Haven, American & Westchester Symphonies. Active recitalist, continuo & chamber musician. Voting member of NARAS & CMA. Writes periodically on issues in classical music, and is music reviewer for The Litchfield County Times. Conducts his local church choir (really, no kidding).


photo Robert LaPorta
Mobile engineering specialist


B.A. Music, Colgate University. Director, MSR Music LLC. Mobile recording engineer, Candlewood Digital. Former Director of Classics at Angel-EMI-Virgin Classics (1993-01). Previous employment with London-Decca Records, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips Classics (1989-1993) and ICM Artists (1987-1989). Voting member of NARAS. Former member Grammy Classical Committee. Founder, President and member of Westchester Symphonic Winds (1988-06). Active musician and composer. Studied guitar (Gus de Gazio), percussion (John F. Sammel) and euphonium (Dolores Beck). Formerly Principal Timpanist with Colgate Concert Orchestra (1983-1987). Performed with Westchester Philharmonic, Norwich Festival Orchestra, Hamilton Festival Orchestra, Cornell Chamber Orchestra, Larchmont Concert Band, Bronxville Concert Band, Armonk Community Band.



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That's the thing aout recording...it feels so good when it's done! Top to bottom,

Susan Nowicki and Paul Futer, at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall;

the Vivaldi Project at Shippensburg State University, Shippensburg, PA;

guitarist Harris Becker and violist Veronica Salas at Oktaven Studios, New York;

the Arianna Quartet at theTouhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO.

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Candlewood producer/engineer Richard Price in familiar territory: the control room of the

American Academy of Arts & Letters in New York City. Pyramix recording software;

Genelec speakers; Lavry converters; Millennia mic pres; Neumann M150 microphones;

Grace monitor controller; Weiss firewire interface; shiny Shure talkback mic

for those Elvis moments.

 

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CanDig producers tasting life on the "other side of the glass"! Top to bottom:

Music Director Emeritus Richard Price conducting the Danbury Concert Chorus

and Danbury Symphony Orchestra in the Danbury Music Centre's

57th annual performance of Messiah,in Danbury, CT;

below, longtime BWQ bassoonist Wayne Hileman

with the Borealis Wind Quintet. (L-R: Katherine Fink, Kathryn Taylor,

Dan Culpepper, Wayne Hileman, Tamar Beach Wells.)

And from the archives! Candlewood's Robert LaPorta (standing, second from left)

producing one of his earliest recordings, circa 1983!

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2016 Candlewood Team Barbecue!

BEFORE CanDig's High Resolution Natural Presence Technology

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AFTER CanDig's CanDig's High Resolution Natural Presence Technology !

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Clockwise from top left : Richard Price, Robert LaPorta, Robert A. LaPorta,

Anne LaPorta, Wayne Hileman, Mary Costanza Hileman,

Katie Hileman, Lily LaPorta, Hannah Price, Meg Bowles Price,

Emiko and Mako.

Thanks to Rob LaPorta for the great photos!




Record Labels

Albany

AMR

Angel
Arabesque
Arsis
ASV
Azica
Bay Cities
Book-of-the-Month Club
BMG
Cala
Cambria
Capstone
Carlton Classics

Cedille
Centaur

Classic Jazz
Claves

Concert Artists Guild
CRI
Crystonyx
Dorian
EMI
Essex
Fanfare

FIM Classics
First Night

Fleytmuzik
Gloriae Dei Cantores

Gluck Orgelbau
Harmonia Mundi
Helicon
Hypnos
IMP
Inner City

Jazz Heritage

Kleos Classics


Koch International Classics

Kumatone

MSR Classics
Mode

Music and Arts
Musical Heritage Society
Musicians Showcase
Music Minus One
Musicmasters

Navona
Naxos
New Albion
New World
Newport Classics
Nimbus

Olympia

OmniTone

Palmetto
Parnassus
Phoenix
Pitch
Piu Mosso
Premier

Priceless
Publisher's Clearing House

Rang 4
RCA
Samsung Classics
Seraphim
Signum Classics

Spirit Passages
Sony Classics
Summit
Testament

Urtext

VAI
Vox

 

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"The record is superb! You did a fabulous job."

Samuel Adler,
composer

 

"Douglas Hedwig and his ensemble give rousing, note-perfect performances that will have you tramping about your house in a one-person parade. They are afforded excellent recorded sound by MSR."

James A. Altena

Fanfare Magazine
Band Music of Coates

MSR Classics


"You were truly the best to work with and I could not be any happier."

Avner Arad,
piano soloist

 

"On behalf of the entire quartet we just wanted to thank you so very much for the wonderful work you did with these middle quartets. The sound quality is fantastic and all the edits are great. We could not be happier than this. You are always so easy and fun to work with and make this process so rewarding and meaningful." 

Arianna String Quartet

Beethoven: The Middle Quartets

Centaur Records

 

"...one thing is clear: you have helped us to make a better recording than anyone ever has...We are thrilled with how things sound!...Thank you so much!"

Arianna String Quartet

Ensemble in residence

University of Missouri-St. Louis


"All the guys are so wrapped with your approach Richard - me too. I've worked with many 'named' producers

and you are the best."

Graham Ashton, leader,
Graham Ashton Brass Ensemble,
former member,
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble

 


"We absolutely love working with you. Thank you for your investment in our playing, and for your willingness to kick our butts!!  We truly feel fortunate to have the opportunity to work with you."

Kurt Baldwin, cellist

Arianna String Quartet

 

"We are in agreement that you are a genius. It sounds...FANTASTIC!"
I'm particularly impressed by the Casterde and the improved balance between perc and piano with the quartet... this project wouldn't be the same without your help and artistry in the studio."

David Begnoche

Assistant Professor of Trombone

TCU School of Musicir
Stentorian Consort Trombone Quartet

 

"Am just writing to thank you so much for the quick production and distribution of the CD’s from the ACB convention in Poughkeepsie. They are the best quality of any CD’s from any convention I have attended and being able to receive them in such a timely fashion certainly says a great deal about your business...Again, my compliments for the quality of your work and the timely fashion of receiving the CD’s.  I know I will enjoy them for many years to come."

Diane Bergholtz

Association of Concert Bands

Convention Committee

 


" Richard makes the recording process worry free.  His engineering is first rate, plus his finely tuned ears and the comfortable manner he employs to manage recording sessions makes him invaluable as a producer.  His editing is perfect.  I can't imagine a better process and a finer end product."

David Bilger
Principal Trumpet
The Philadelphia Orchestra

 

"Thank you for all your hard work. You are absolutely amazing at this. I loved our sessions.."

Krzysztof Biernacki
Baritone

 

" The CD is superbly engineered by...Richard Price, who also co-produced the album. The sound is sumptuous yet subtle, full of nuance..."

Bill Binkelman
Zonemusicreporter.com
(Meg Bowles/A Quiet Light/Kumatone)

 

"Thank you for all of your incredible work on this project.  I would recommend you a million times over for the way that you kept us moving, relaxed and playing better than we thought we could.  And then your superb editing. . .I am 'gobsmacked' with the actual recording!"

Lisa Bontrager
Professor of Horn
Penn State University

Mirrorimage

 

"The best editor in the world."

The late John Browning,
piano soloist

 

"Well, that was the MOST positive experience of a  session I have ever experienced! Your bedside manner makes it all happen! Many, many thanks, and may there be more!! "

Roy Cherryhomes

Engineer, SoundBoard Recording

Dallas

"Before too much time has passed, I just wanted to thank you for the masterful recording you did of the Choir of Men and Women of Trinity Newtown.  We knew of the excellent work of Candlewood Digital  from the many recordings of concerts, but this was a very different experience.  Some comments: "He knows the music as well as we do!" "What a professional! "Richard  and Wayne really care!" 

Anne Calmels

Trinity Church Choir

Newtown, CT

 

"The recording is perfectly in perspective, and thus, blissfully, is not too close…tremendous stuff"

Colin Clarke

Fanfare Magazine

Paul Dunkel Live

MSR Classics

 

"The record is marvelous...you have saved the day with whatever you did...thank you as always for the perfect edits."

Robert Craft
conductor

"The sound quality is vivid and well-balanced...Korevaar has emerged in recent years as a major artist"

Robert Cummings

ClassicalNet

David Korevaar plays Chopin

MSR Classics

 

"The CD is absolutely terrific!! Thank you!"

Henry Dehlinger, pianist

Danielle Talamantes, soprano

Canciones Espanolas

MSR Classics ,

 

"I am overwhelmed by the quality of this recording...it SOUNDS GREAT! I will be proud to present this recording as a professional representation of my work."

Nickitas J. Demos, Composer, Coordinator of Composition Studies
Georgia State University

 

"... this fine, superbly engineered release."

Jed Distler
Gramophone

(Greg McCallum: Voyage a Paris,

MSR Classics)

 

"It sounds absolutely GORGEOUS. Amazing, amazing editing job. Thank you so, so much!!!"

Emily Ellet

Soprano

 


"You did a super job of organizing and managing the recording sessions, your editing is amazing, and your mastering is superb! It is a great recording. BRAVO!"

Randall Faust, composer,
past President,
International Horn Society

 

" Recorded on period instruments,, Hedwig and his Newberry forces exude highly polished performances full of fun and joy, and the marching spiritt of the music is consistently portrayed with an unmatched sense of ensemble and attention to detail. Excitingly fascinating stuff in top drawer sonics and with detailed annotations which I recommend unreservedly."

Gerals Fenech
Music & Vision

Music of Coates

Newberry Victorian Cornet Band//Hedwig

MSR Classics

 

“...[my] admiration for the imaginative choice of repertoire and the excellent recorded sound. Production values are high—very helpful and informative notes, and a clear perfectly balanced recording.”

Henry Fogel
Fanfare

Barbara Bruns/Thompson Brass Ens.

Music for Organ & Brass

MSR Classics

 

 

" Once again, Richard set a high bar and inspired us to think of the people who will find meaning and light in these magical Christmas arrangements"

Allen Frank
Mainstreet Brass

 

"I have to say that I am incredibly impressed with the sound quality of the product, and I think you are a magician.  I am so very happy that I decided to record the album in Troy Music Hall...what a difference that makes!"

Paul Futer
Trumpet Soloist

 

" The true success for our recordings last month, as well as throughout the past 7 years, has been our very good fortune of being able to work with, not only one the best engineers in the industry, but one of the most inspiring, appreciative and motivating musicians around! "

Loretta Giles
Mezzo-soprano Soloist

Executive Producer,

Brehm Series/Sacred Arias

 

" It was a real treat working with you this week. I think the CD will be a great success, and much of the credit goes to your positive and careful work as the producer. Your methods really opened my eyes! I would really enjoy working with you again. "

George Gilliam

Engineer, SoundBoard Recording

Dallas

 

"The sound, described as a Candlewood Digital 'Natural Presence' recording, lives up to its name, offering just enough space within the natural bloom of the church to create an attractive blend to the voices without losing detail or presence. The organ, usually discreetly in the background, has real bite and solid bass when called for... an exemplary, and most charming, release.”

Ronald E. Grames, Fanfare

A Thing Most Wonderful

Christ Church Girls' Choir/Hitel

MSR Classics

 

"Adding to Futer's commanding, virtuoso playing, pianist Susan Nowicki rises to challenges which are scarcely less formidable, and together they make a case for rarely heard music of rare quality. Equally complicit is the sound, recorded at the legendary Troy Music Hall Savings Bank in Albany, New York. Both the gleam and textures of Futer's sound are almost tangible, and the distinction between trumpet and flugelhorn in the second movement of Reskin's Sonata is ideal for comparing new hardware."

Gramophone

Laurence Vittes

Running at the Top of the World

Paul Futer/Susan Nowicki/MSR Classics

 

" Full-blooded sonority and huge dynamic range...this revelatory perfrmance alone is worth the disc's price. "

Gramophone

Jed Distler

Chopin Piano Music/David Korevaar

MSR Classics

 

" Rich, reverberant sound that dwarfs the engineering accorded (competing major label CD version). "

Philip Greenfield

American Record Guide

Schnittke: Concerto for Choir

MSR Classics

 


"Richard, as always, thank you for your fantastic work!"

Lou Hanzlik,
Atlantic Brass Quintet

 

"Great remastering!...I am thrilled! The sound seems clean and not so bottom heavy, the strings have a new shimmer to them, small percussion instruments are now heard, and the sound is more homogeneous from top to bottom. Congratulations on a great sound!!"

Barbara Harbach

Composer

 

"Korevaar’s tone is, if anything, better than ever, and the recording engineering 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 likethis!' ”

Rob Haskins
American Record Guide

David Korevaar/Bach Partitas

MSR Classics

 

" Thanks you sooooooo much for your awesome recording and editing techniques! I am very pleased."

Ronald Hawkins
Concert Pianist

 

" Well recorded, with an ideal balance between the instruments, the duo ideally placed not too close to the listener."

William Hedley
International Record Review

Zina Schiff/Cameron Grant

Copland & Zeisl Sonatas, MSR Classics


"I want to thank you again for your really outstanding restoration and digital remastering of the Metropolitan Brass Quartet recording. I am very pleased and surprised at the quality you have gotten out of the 25 year old 1/4" master tape. I simply could not have imagined that it would all have turned out sounding this good."

Douglas Hedwig,
Metropolitan Brass Quartet

 

" I can't imagine a more impeccable or subtler job... You're really amazing... A great pleasure to have worked with you.  You've got the sharpest ears in the business."

Dennis Helmrich
Chair of Accompanying

University of Illinois School of Music

 

" I thought I'd just drop you a note to let you know that the audio you fed my camera is absolutely fantastic! Audio, as you know, is easily half the battle for a good video...your audio feed met that challenge and more. Thanks again for a great job!"

W. Spencer Hinds
Video Ventures LLC

 

" Just a quick note to thank you for such a fantastic experience last Thursday and Friday. It really made a huge difference being in the hands of such obviously experienced professionals."

Jamie Hitel
Director of Music

Christ Church, Greenwich, CT

 

" Thank you for the superb job you did in recording the ACB National Convention concert hours.  I listened to the West Point recording that you gave me and the immediate mastering was incredible."

Arthur Himmelberger
Director of Music, Marist College

President-elect, Association of

Concert Bands


" Thank you so much for all the work you've done, and for your patience when we've asked for various changes.  You are such a dream to work with - I couldn't have asked for a better experience on this first (and hopefully not last!) recording."

Christine R. Howlett
Soprano Soloist

"Love Raise Your Voice ", MSR Classics

 


"The recording quality is super. I've recorded in the chapel before and it wasn't close to being this nice in terms of quality."  

Christine R. Howlett,
Director of Choral Activities,
Vassar College



"I can only aspire to someday hear music with your transcendant professionalism, patience, and dedication. This music is as much yours as it is mine ."

Alpin Hong
Piano soloist

"Holy crap, it’s freaking amazing (yes, you may use that quote for business purposes)."

Mary Huff
Music Director and Conductor

New York City Children's Chorus

 

" You did a magnificent job, and the artistic quality is great...We’re lucky to have Candlewood Digital recording our concerts!"

Robert Hughes

President

Connecticut Choral Society

 

"Your editing is perfect as usual."

Dick Hyman,
Jazz piano soloist



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