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Rome Concerts To Be Recorded With Pyramix And Horus

  EMI will record Sir Antonio Pappano at Auditorium Parco della Musica

Rome, October 2012: An exciting programme of Bruckner’s 9th Symphony and Quattro Pezzi Sacri by Verdi will be recorded live on October 13, 14 and 15, for an upcoming international publication on the EMI Classics label. Sir Antonio Pappano will conduct the Orchestra and Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia at the orchestra’s home base. The splendid 2800-seater Sala Santa Cecilia will be an obvious venue for Sir Antonio who is Music Director of the orchestra in addition to his post as Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Additional pieces will be recorded in mid-November in the same hall with the same orchestra. Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle will be on offer, with a cast of exciting soloists.

A team in collaboration with EMI’s Abbey Road Studios will make the recording, with sound engineer Giacomo De Caterini in charge and producer David Groves looking after performance and artistic matters. Much of the equipment for the recording will be supplied by location recording specialists, VDM. The heart of the system will be the ground-breaking microphone preamplifier and A/D, D/A converter Horus from Merging Technologies, which will feed the Pyramix Digital Audio Workstation via the revolutionary RAVENNA protocol. VDM have already completed many projects with this combination, both for the VDM Records label and for outside clients. CEO of VDM, Igor Fiorini had this to say; “This is going to be one of the recording highlights of 2012 and there are huge benefits to using Horus for these concerts. The sound quality has delighted all our clients and for me, the installation is so much easier despite the complexity of the session.”

Coincidentally, Abbey Road are just taking delivery of two Horus Networked Audio Converters which have garnered several industry awards in the last year and initial sales have raced past the 100 mark in 4 months. The networking capability is also attracting the interest of broadcasters as well as adding convenience to the location recording fraternity who have been the most enthusiastic early adopters.

The Saturday night concert will be broadcast live on RAI Radio 3 and the feed for the transmission will come from the Horus to the Stagetec Nexus system used by RAI. Other possible television and video rights are still being negotiated as there is no shortage of interest for the programme.

    Sala Santa Cecilia

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