- Van den Hul CARBON Recordings
- Channel Classics Recordings
- Pentatone Recordings
Van den Hul Carbon Recordings
The VDH Carbon Recordings Label was introduced in March 1999 with one specific aim: High Resolution Recording of live music. Using DVD 96kHz/24-bit technology and top of the line equipment, including our Linear Structured Carbon ® cables for all connections, we’ve accomplished just that.
Here are some hints on how it was done:
First of all, each piece of music is an original recording without any cuts or editing. These are live music recordings.
We used as few microphones as possible and those were the B&K Type 4190 with custom couplers, powered by external batteries, through B&K Amplifier Type 2669.
All analogue and digital signal routing made use of more than 200 meters of our Linear Structured Carbon ® cable The SECOND ®.
All the mixing was made on a custom built console with broadband Op Amps;
Recording at 96 kHz sample rate with 24 bit resolution was done on two Nagra-D machines.
A dCS 904 enabled the AD conversion for the Nagra-D recorders and an upgraded version of the dCS 900 AD converted (the signal) for the Sony 2500 backup DAT recorder.
The conversion from 96 kHz 24 bit DVD to 44.1 kHz 16 bit CD-standard was done with a dCS 972.
Monitoring with a dCS Elgar DA converter; Sony MDR-CD3000 headphones and a Tannoy 800 A active.
All mains were filtered and stabilized at exactly 220 Volt 50 Hz. Each mains cable had its own filter.
All mains plug polarities were optimized using our POLARITY CHECKER to minimize ground leakage currents.
These technical options were taken to get as close as sonically possible to “the best of analogue”, as A.J. van den Hul says. A kind of sound, so common in the mid-seventies, with all those strong spatial impressions, only with a broader dynamic range and without any rumble or noise. The digital to digital conversion from 96 kHz 24 bit DVD to 44.1 kHz 16 bit CD-standard allowed us to retain a lot of the original sound quality of those memorable recording sessions.
There might be a point of criticism, some could argue. Those noises we hear at the beginning, and then during these (live) recordings. For us they’re just part of the complete musical phenomena which also consists of some imperfections. That’s why we chose not to obscure those with corrective technical manipulations as it so often happens with other recordings. CDs can sound flat with too many high frequency accents coming out of your loudspeaker. The VDH Carbon Recordings solves that.
It’s been our goal to make your speakers totally transparent and fundamentally invisible when reproducing these recordings. We think we may have found a number of solutions to the common problems with the Compact Disc playback. If you’re not happy with your system maybe it’s time to redesign your hi-fi setup starting with the cables. Changing these can lead to dramatic improvements. To get (a lot) closer to what we’ve had listened during the Van den Hul Carbon Recordings, ask your dealer for The SECOND ® Linear Structured Carbon ® interconnects.
We had the privilege of collaborating with our musical friends Jeroen de Rijk and Frits Landesbergen in the sessions that lead to these CDs.
Four of a kind: For the time being (1999)
10 tracks / 63'34" total playing time
This sextet sets out remarkable renditions of the classics Poinciana and Limehouse Blues, two numbers that really stand out for the acoustic detailing of the recording. A special mention has to be made to the way sound was captured in Nite (Night?) Mist Blues: to emulate Landesbergen exact hearing of his own playing. We also managed to get the very last air vibration coming out of the instrument to be captured. Everything was set to reproduce the live recording session with the utmost accuracy even if that meant that the musician´s breathing got into your CD!
Musicians: Bert Joris (trp), Dado Moroni (pn), Frits Landesbergen (vibraphone), Rosario Bonacorso (db), Jeroen de Rijk (perc.) and Hans Eijkenaar (drums).
Jeroen de Rijk & friends: Central Heating (1999)
11 tracks / 57'26" total playing time
Getting the right balance between musicality and perfect acoustics is the purpose of this CD. The clear sense of dimension of the duets performed by Jeroen de Rijk and his special guests offer plenty of diversity in terms of the dynamics, color and expression by the eleven different instrumentalists. Capturing their interplay presented some challenges such as the textures of each pair of instruments or the differences in sound-level between acoustic and electric instruments. The result is that tracks like Masquerade and Self Portrait - or indeed any of the eleven -, ended up being perfect for a critical listener to evaluate a hi-fi system. Both musicians and recording engineers enjoyed these sessions enormously. We’re sure that creative and friendly atmosphere prevails in the CD!
Musicians: Jeroen de Rijk (perc.); Dado Moroni (pn); Arnold van Dongen (gtr.); Arno Bornkamp (Sax); Hans Eijkenaar (drums).
Louis van Dijk: Family and friends (1999)
12 tracks / 45'29" total playing time
A stylistic diverse album that delivers an amazing sense of layering, distribution and balance. From the delicacy of «Sweet William» to the up tempo of «Burjazzque», both highlighting the piano of Louis van Dijk and the violin of his daughter Selma, to the counterpoint of «Courant», one of the baroque inspired numbers, one can truly enjoy each instrumentalist rich inventiveness with great transparency. A special mention has to be made to the «apple-bass», played by Edwin Corzilius. A period instrument from circa 1800, named after its unusual shape, and that excels in depthness and warmth.
Musicians: Louis van Dijk (Pn); Selma van Dijk (Vl); Frits Landesbergen (Vb); Edwin Corzilius (Contrabass); Jeroen de Rijk (Perc).
Louis van Dijk: “I could have danced all night” (1999)
11 tracks / 54'22" total playing time
Louis at his best with a repertoire he hasn’t played for years. Looking at him during the day of this recording was really being part of his creative process. Very inspiring. From standards like «Autumn in New York» to John Lewis’s «Delauney’s Dilemma», every track was performed with the same sense of joy and commitment shared not only by the musicians themselves but also by the recording engineers. The sonic results of these sessions are to be enjoyed in this CD that also lends itself to being used as a demanding tester for your hi-fi system. Great acoustics serving an even better music as it should be!
Musicians: Louis van Dijk (Pn); Edwin Corzilius (Contrabass); Jeroen de Rijk (Perc); (?) (drums).
A Sound Impression: Sampler (1999)
10 tracks / 52'41" total playing time
Contains two tracks from each one of the previous four CDs (VDH99CR01 through CR04) and also two special bonus tracks.
Resonans Quartet: 4 Marimba’s
13 tracks / 61'42" total playing time
The Resonans Quartet pays homage to the heritage of some of the great composers in history through the art of rearrangement and performance. This CD offers the rare treat of hearing (and enjoying) arrangements for marimba, xylophone and vibraphone of works by J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Saint-Säens, M. Ravel, D. Milhaud, L. Bernstein and Piazolla. This live recording has also captured something special from the St. Franciscus Xaverius Church in Amersfoort, one of the best acoustic secrets of the Netherlands.
Channel Classics Recordings
Channel Classics is a Dutch based recording company well known for its superb recording quality.
Since its founding in 1990, the Channel Classics label has built an eminent catalogue of predominantly classical music performed by top artists. To support their recording quality, Channel Classics furthermore has chosen to exclusively use Van den Hul cable products.
Channel Classics' CDs and multichannel hybrid Super Audio CDs (SACDs) now are also available through the Van den Hul distributors in countries where Channel Classics doesn't have its own distribution (listed further below).
For all releases and order codes please have a look at the Channel Classics catalogue on their website.
Channel Classics' recordings are available through Van den Hul distributors and their respective dealer networks in the following countries:
|Estonia||Malta||United Arab Emirates|
|Indonesia||Paraguay||Yugoslavia, Fed. Repl.|
PentaTone Classics Recordings
Always supporting the link between technique and emotion, with the eminent PentaTone Classics recordings catalogue, Van den Hul introduces a world of the best 4.0-channel remastered quadrophonic and new 5.0-channel recordings on Super Audio Hybrid Disc; This exclusively for sales in Van den Hul authorized hi-fi hardware stores outside the U.S.A., and in Indonesia and Thailand both in hi-fi hardware and software stores.
Founded in 2001 by three former executives of Philips Classics together with Polyhymnia International (the former recording centre of Philips Classics), the PentaTone Classics label aims to create a new superbly recorded classical catalogue, starting with the most famous works performed by top classical artists.
The PentaTone Classics related Polyhymnia International recording studio specializes in high-resolution 5 channel surround sound recordings of classical music. It has a stellar reputation for the quality of its recordings.
For all releases and order codes
please have a look at the Pentatone Classics catalogue on their website.
Please note: The PentaTone Classics recordings are available through your authorized Van den Hul hi-fi dealer in all countries except the U.S.A.