Recording preparations took place in the control room of Xinghai Concert Hall's recording studio. Recording engineer Cai Yamin, Professor Li Yi from Sun Yat-sen University, and other professionals gathered there. They utilized a 7.1.4 panoramic sound system and a 96kHz24bit format, experiencing the concert hall's exceptional acoustic reflection. The immersive sound quality, combined with the outstanding performances, inspired them to record in Merging Technologies' DXD/DSD format.
Xinghai concert hall
In preparation for the Shanghai Quartet's 40th anniversary, they planned to record an album at the concert hall of the Tianjin Juilliard School, where the quartet members taught. Professor Yang Zhen felt a deep connection to the project upon hearing the news.
On April 28th, equipped with Merging Technologies' DXD/DSD recording system, the team traveled from Beijing to the Tianjin Juilliard School. The modern and artistically designed building of the school made a strong impression. The concert hall's VIP room served as the control room for the album recording, meticulously prepared by Professors Zou Xiang, Liu Yuezhe, and Cui Kaiqi. The team was warmly welcomed by Liu Xinrui, a senior recording engineer from Tianjin People's Broadcasting Station, who was informed about their arrival through his connections at Juilliard.
April 28, 2023 - May 1, 2023
Group photo of the Shanghai Quartet and recording teachers at the Juilliard School Concert Hall in Tianjin