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Recording the orchestral music of Barbara Harbach: The London Philharmonic Orchestra under conductor David Angus, in Cadogan Hall, London. Below: Maestro Angus, Candlewood producer Richard Price, composer Dr. Barbara Harbach. Photos by Benjamin Ealovega.
In Seattle: William Chapman Nyaho and Richard Price
Candlewood produces and engineers first recordings of the music of Pierre de Manchicourt: David Shuler conducts the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, at the fabled “Smoky Mary’s”–the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, in Times Square, New York City. Thanks to Todd Frizzell for the photos!
Candlewood engineer Robert LaPorta on location in Bedford, NY, recording Charis Chamber Voices.
Above and below: baritone Krzysztof Biernacki and pianist Michael Baron recording unpublished songs of Szymanowski with Candlewood at Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers.
John Jensen, Richard Price, Paul Reale
Annamia Larsson, James Naigus, Patrick Smith, Richard Price, Tomoko Kanamaru
Candlewood at the fabled Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York: above, trumpet soloist Paul Futer and pianist Susan Nowicki. Below, Tim Shafer, Lisa Bontrager, Sarah Shafer, and Grace Salyards. Bottom photo by Jana Bontrager; both photos used by kind permission of Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Foundation.
Above and below: Candlewood at Vienna Presbyterian Church, Vienna, Virginia, recording “Canciones Espanolas” with Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes and pianist Henry Dehlinger.
Recording the Girls’ Choir of Christ Church, Greenwich, CT, Jamie Hitel, conductor, Philip Moore, guest composer/conductor. Thanks to Joanne Bouknight for her great photos!

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

Philip Greenfield
American Record Guide
Schnittke: Concerto for Choir
MSR Classics

 “Wonderfully played…the balance and blend in the woodwind quintet are superb.”

Patrick Hanudel, Fanfare Magazine
Reale: Children’s Palace
Borealis Wind Quintet
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

 “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 like this!’ ”

Rob Haskins
American Record Guide
David Korevaar/Bach Partitas
MSR Classics

“Thank 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

 Under the intelligent, informed, and skillful leadership of David Shuler, New York’s Choir of St. Luke in the Fields is  arguably one of this country’s finest purveyors of early sacred music, as these two brilliant recordings attest ..The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields exhibits impeccable skill in these refreshing performances. Their exemplary vocal skills render the counterpoint with transparent clarity and luminosity, with a proper balance of expressivity and restraint. This is an ideal representation of the Golden Age of choral music. Both recordings are must have items for students, choristers, conductors, and lovers of choral music.

James Hildreth,
The American Organist
DeManchicourt: Missa Reges Terrae
Choir of St. Luke in the Fields
David Shuler
MSR Classics

 “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
Connecticut Choral Society

 “Your editing is perfect as usual.”

Dick Hyman,
Jazz piano soloist

 “pristinely accurate audio recording… The quality of singing, along with David Shuler’s caring and scholarly interpretations, make this CD a ‘must have’ for those of us who appreciate Palestrina”

Journal of the Associations of Anglican Musicians
Music of Palestrina
Choir of St. Luke’s /Shuler
MSR Classics

 “As always, your work is stunning and most impressive. The recording is incredible–how do you get us to sound so good?–and the CD jacket looks beautiful! Many, many thanks for your artistry and tremendous professionalism, as always! “

Thea Kano, Artistic Director,
New York City Master Chorale

 “The big question in brass-and-organ recordings is always about acoustics. They are very good here, with fine balance and natural sound. “

Barry Kilpatrick,
American Record Guide
Music for Brass & Organ
Barbara Bruns
Thompson Brass Ensemble
MSR Classics

 “The crowd is so grateful for what you bring to the process and how you produce the final cd.  They have never had anything even near this quality and all are so thrilled.  Thanks for your fine work.  It all really requires the ears of a musician at the end of the day. “

Eric Dale Knapp
Music Director and Conductor
Connecticut Choral Society
New Jersey Choral Society

 “You are the best at what you do.”

Irv Kratka
Founder and CEO
Music Minus One

“I thank you for a superb job of editing. It has been a pleasure to work with you.”

Mark Kroll,
harpsichord soloist, Boston

“I just wanted to thank you for your spectacular work with us.  Your presence and professionalism made the work so much more rewarding and enjoyable!”

Dr. Min Kwon
concert pianist

 “Your entire CD is spectacular and your recording of my work is superb. Bravo…”

Morten Lauridsen

 “…on the short list of the most beautiful recordings of Dvorak’s chamber music for winds… Produced, engineered, edited, and mastered in utterly natural sound by Richard Price, this disc is as good as it gets in the woodwind world.”

James Leonard
(Windscape/MSR Classics)

 “I love it!  This is the best the Project has ever sounded. I don’t know what you did to the master but it really works!”

Barry Lieberman
Artistic Director,
The American String Project

 “It’s a wonderful recording: thanks for a great job!”

Lowell Liebermann
David Korevaar plays Piano Music of Lowell Liebermann – /MSR Classics

 “Fosse CD’s received.  Thanks so much. I am stunned by your quick processing and delivery! And, of course, by the amazing quality!”

Virginia Lincoln
Chorus Manager
New Jersey Choral Society

 “What magic you have worked with both recordings! You’re a first-rate master of sound!”

Dan Locklair

 “… let me say that it’s a great pleasure to work with you.  Your patience, sharp ears, and musical sense are truly extraordinary, and I think the CD is going to be better than I could have imagined.”

Edward Lundergan
Artistic Director
Kairos: A Consort of Voices

 “Thank you for the awesome recording experience. I have told my friends that I have become a far better musician having worked with you. You are truly fantastic!”

Stella Markou
Director of Vocal Studies,
University of Missouri at St. Louis

 “Richard Price of Candlewood Digital…did an outstanding job from start to finish and was a delight to work with. We cannot recommend him enough!”

Linda Marianiello
Flute Solois
Marianiello/Reas Duo

 “The recording offers an excellent balance between the brass and organ… natural-sounding and a good listen.”

Mel Martin, American Record Guide
(Bruns/Thompson Brass Ens.
Music For  Organ & Brass MSR Classics)

 “The CD sounds fabulous. Thanks for the fantastic editing… I don’t know HOW you can hear all you do in that Messiaen… I just finished listening to it at my “coach” and top critic’s house and she was blown away… it really sounds awesome!!!”

Greg McCallum
Concert Pianist

 “Made in one of the finest American venues, the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Troy, New York, the recordings are superb. They project a generous soundstage in an acoustic with a reverberation that adds an appropriate lushness to these romantic scores, while keeping the instrumentalists well-focused. The piano is beautifully captured with an articulately percussive but well-rounded tone. It’s ideally balanced against the strings, which come across as vibrantly silky.”

Bob McQuiston,
Classical Lost and Found
Giannini: Chamber Music
Manchester Music Festival
MSR Classics

“You have done some marvelous work here…I just don’t know how in the world you made the Casterede percussion parts come to the fore as you did! Just fantastic.”

Barney McCollum
Bass trombonist
Stentorian Consort

 “You’ve brought the sound of our CD into another hall – one that has more depth, balance and refinement – most incredible!  We are both thrilled with your work.  Pat and I could not have imagined a better final product! “

Kathy McDonald
Pasquale Bianculli
Flute & Guitar Duo

 “The music is played with taste and warmth by this female trio, and the gradual changes of style contribute to a program that is beautifully organized and gives us a lot to think about. It is recorded with fine clarity and balance”

D. Moore
American Record Guide
Discovering the Classical String Trio
The Vivaldi Project
MSR Classics

 “…compelling listening. That is a credit both to the composer, and of course, Korevaar’s superb playing and interpretation…The recorded sound is as admirable as Korevaar’s performances, offering a superbly realistic reproduction of the piano’s (an SK-EX) sound, and placing the listener in a center orchestra seat. I loved this disc; I both give it my highest recommendation, and look forward to including it on my next Want List.”

Ken Meltzer, Fanfare
Perrachio: Piano Works
David Korevaar
MSR Classics

 “…(the) sound is exemplary.”

Bryce Morrison
Alberto Reyes plays Chopin,
VAI Records

 “…these voices sound great together, with a wonderful transparency appropriate for the season…First-rate sonics by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman of Candlewood Digital enhance our enjoyment of all the music on this album.”

Dr. Phil Muse
Atlanta Audio Society
Christmas in New York
NYC Children’s Chorus/Huff
MSR Classics

 “Finally, this is one beautiful sounding album… engineered by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman, it is a splendid example of Candlewood Digital’s Natural Presence Recording.”

Dr. Phil Muse
Atlanta Audio Society
Sarah Rose Taylor/Nigel Potts/
Elgar & Wagner/MSR Classics

 “There are actually two recitals here. Tracks 1-5 were recorded on the Fisk organ of the Downtown Presbyterian Church, Rochester, NY, Tracks 6-11 on the Schlicker organ of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lyons, NY. …. First-rate balance engineering gives the impression of a single, cohesive program.”

Dr. Phil Muse
Atlanta Audio Society
(Barbara Harbach/Bach Organ Works/MSR Classics)

 “Supporting Arad’s artistry is the beautifully natural quality of the sound recording, which was made by producer-engineer Richard Price of Candlewood Digital. Interestingly, this was the same person who engineered the earlier recording of the Goldbergs by American pianist Ronald Hawkins, also released on the MSR label. The sound quality is so fine in both instances that it brings out the distinctive character of the instruments used, a Schimmel for Hawkins and a Steinway for Arad. “

Dr. Phil Muse
Atlanta Audio Society
(Avner Arad/Bach/MSR Classics)

 “Thank you very much for your wonderful work these last 2 days.  Without your kind words, encouragement and sharp ears, we could not have finished the recording. It was a pleasure to work with you…Thank you for recording me so beautifully!”

Makoto Nakura
Marimba Soloist

 “David Shuler and his choristers deliver performances of outstanding clarity and precision, dynamics and balance are handled with effortless ease, and the expressive  and dramatic elements are so vibrantly portrayed they will certainly keep the listener’s ears ringing. Immaculate sound quality and informative annotations complete a distinguished addition to this composer’s still rather lean discography.”

Music & Vision
Music of Pierre de Manchicourt
Choir of St.Luke/David Shuler
MSR Classics

 “This is an adventurous undertaking, superbly performed and sumptuously annotated and recorded.”

Music & Vision
David Korevaar
Music of Lowell Liebermann
MSR Classics

 “Barbara Harbach puts forth this program with authority, subtlety, and in a great variety of voicings which few organists can conceive, let alone manifest at the console.”

Organ Historical Society
Bach:Organ Music/Barbara Harbach
MSR CLassics

 “(The) sound is perfect: clear, precise, warm…”

Paul Orgel
Classical Voice of New England