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The Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo

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Sonata in G Minor, Op. 65  
I. Allegro moderato
Frédéric Chopin; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
II. Scherzo. Allegro con brio
Frédéric Chopin; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
III. Largo
Frédéric Chopin; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
IV. Finale. Allegro
Frédéric Chopin; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
Fantasy Pieces, Op. 73  
No. 1. Zart und mit Ausdruck
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
No. 2. Lebhaft, leicht
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
No. 3. Rasch und mit Feuer
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
Five Pieces in Folk Style, Op. 102  
No. 1. Mit Humor
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
No. 2. Langsam
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
No. 3. Nicht schnell, mit viel Ton zu spielen
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
No. 4. Nicht zu rasch
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
No. 5. Stark und markiert
Robert Schumann; Roger Drinkall - Dian Baker Duo
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    55:43
This reissue of a 1994 audiophile album showcases the duo of the late Roger Drinkall on cello and his pianist wife Dian Baker. The works interpreted are Chopin's Cello Sonata and Schumann's Fantasy Pieces and Five Pieces in Folk Style, presented in typical stunning Wilson Audiophile sound, creating the illusion that the two musicians are performing right there in the listening room. The cello is positioned in front of the piano, to the right of centre, facing diagonally across the soundstage. The image of the cello is rather large and can even be heard moving as Drinkall plays.
176.4 kHz / 24-bit, 88.2 kHz / 24-bit PCM and 2.8224 MHz DSD – Wilson Audiophile Recordings Studio Masters

This album is a high-resolution digital transfer of material originating from an analogue master source. Due to the nature of analogue tape recording, it may contain artifacts or audio which uses a limited amount of the available dynamic range / frequency bandwidth of high-resolution digital audio. As such, it is offered as a high-resolution documentation of a historical release.

Produced by: Wilson Audiophile Recordings, LLC
Original recording engineer: David A. Wilson
Project manager: Daryl C. Wilson
Analogue to high definition digital transfer: Bruce Brown, Puget Sound Studios
Transfer editing: Bruce Brown, Puget Sound Studios
Sonic evaluation: David A. Wilson, Sheryl Lee Wilson, Daryl C. Wilson

Description of equipment and processes used for Master Tape transfers in Dave Wilson's Music Room:

Each Master Tape was inspected, cleaned and treated with Last #9 and #10 preservatives. All of the Master Tapes were baked to reformulate the binding. This was done in an incubator at 135 degrees and then they were left to cool back down to room temperature. All splices were inspected and repaired, if necessary.

Each transfer was executed on the UltraMaster, a one-of-a-kind Studer A80 designed and built by John Curl with custom electronics. Each Master Tape was stored by Wilson Audiophile “tails-out” in which Puget Sound Studios did a library wind to the take-up reel. All levels were set according to included EQ sheets and each 1 kHz tone was further set at precisely 1 kHz, via a custom varispeed adjustment. This provided the exact speed the Master Tapes were recorded at.

A total of five different analogue-to-digital converters were used to provide samples for the Wilsons to evaluate. Ultimately an EMM Labs ADC-8 Mk IV, custom modified by Andreas Koch, was chosen by Dave and Daryl Wilson for the transfers from the UltraMaster using the original Master Tapes into a Sonoma DSD workstation for capture and editing. Monitoring from the Sonoma DSD workstation was routed though a modified Playback Designs MPS-5 via USB-X with Light Harmonic USB cable. All DSD files were transferred into a Merging Technologies Pyramix DSD/DXD Masscore workstation for sample rate conversion, format conversion and metadata tagging. The Pyramix Hepta filter was used for conversion to PCM. Files were then listened to for quality assurance.

Speakers: Wilson Audio Alexandria XLF, two Thor’s Hammers
Electronics: Apple Mac Mini, Amarra & Audirvana Plus, Weiss INT202, Audio Research DAC8, VTL 7.5 mk3 preamp, VTL Siegfried mk2 amplifiers, 2 Wilson Audio W.A.T.C.H. controllers
Cables: Audioquest Firewire, Transparent Opus

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