This recording excels in musicality and sound rare in jazz recordings! Michael Bishop re-mastered it from the original 1994 Golden String Masters using the UHD 32-bit Mastering technique.
A Better CD Production Process - The Pure Reflection (PureFlection) Process:
FIM UHD CDs now sound undeniably better than ever! FIM's first priority is to locate a factory that at offers the latest technologies throughout its entire production chain, from the best A-grade polycarbonate materials, to testing and accurate quality control tools. The factory must produce a detailed specification sheet which ensures the discs produced demonstrate the same quality as the original recording.
To assure us of the best results, FIM has enlisted the help of one of the most experienced mastering engineers in the industry to craft the glass disc for the final replication process. Winston Ma continually maintains close rapport with him, as well as the original recording engineers, the mastering engineers and the manufacturer to achieve consensus regarding musicality and the sound spectrum.
FIM's glass mastering-disc engineer maintains expertise in the latest technologies: he currently uses a special blu-ray recordable mastering thermal process technique to create small smooth grooves which result in precision fidelity. He is meticulous in ensuring the best track pitch and the distance between the spiral of the pits, to reduce the amount of noise the tracking servo in the drive picks up from adjacent tracks, thus ensuring the best parameters on Cross Talk (XT) by minimizing the servo noise of the Drive during playback of the replica results.
To further ensure the best quality, FIM stipulates the most extensive test specification requirements. Pure Reflection (PureFlection) discs show in every CD booklet the full spectrum of specification of a given CD in the following categories:
BLER (17 items)
BERL (9 items)
Physical (6 items)
Jitter (6 items)
E22 Graph and
The concept of UHD 32-Bit PureFlection is the transformation of a superior sound into something truly exceptional, enhancing the experience without interfering in it. Sit back, relax and listen to the new sound of a UHD 32-Bit PureFlection CD!
Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering!
Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering is a proprietary ultra-high-quality mastering system. This leading-edge system has achieved unprecedented sonority and musicality, reproducing as closely as possible the sound of the original master tape! This format employs what is currently the highest attainable resolution bit depth (word length) in the professional audio field, i.e. 32-bit. 32-bit resolution makes possible maximized, undistorted dynamics, and the lowest noise floor, allowing even the quietest musical information to be heard more clearly. This breakthrough results from the development, through years of experience and application of advanced digital technology, of a sophisticated A/D and D/A processing system.
Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering does not specify a sampling rate; this allows flexibility in meticulously choosing the appropriate bandwidth for a particular recording. The higher the sampling rate -- for example, 192 kHz -- the greater the bandwidth. However, merely employing the greatest bandwidth may not guarantee the ultimate sound. With some recordings, a lower sampling rate -- 96 or 176 kHz -- may offer better musicality and more homogeneous harmonics. This determination requires careful and discerning auditioning and professional judgment. In the end, the human beings hearing and emotions should be the final arbiter, rather than the print-out of testing equipment or technical measurements.
Recognizing these variables, FIM nevertheless tries to use 32-bit depth and 192 kHz bandwidth whenever the original analog master is at hand. Alternatively, if the original recording is on 24/96, the 32/96 may eventually be used to maintain the integrity of the sonority particular to that recording. With this flexibility, First Impression Music believes that preeminent sound is only achievable when the chemistry of the recording, mastering, glass-stamper making, replication, and quality control is right. As always, listening is believing.
This recording has been mastered by the new Ultra High Definition 32-Bit Mastering process, which creates an unbelievable sound surpassing other formats!
Pianist Todd Crow has been widely acclaimed for performances in North and South America and Europe. In recent years he has appeared as soloist with orchestras in the United States, England, Italy, Israel, the Czech Republic, and elsewhere, and in recital or chamber music at the Berlioz/Dutilleux Festival in Manchester, England, Washingtons National Gallery of Art, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Londons Wigmore Hall, and New Yorks Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as Avery Fisher Hall and Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center. He has performed frequently with such groups as the Brentano, Borromeo, Composers, Concord, Shanghai, Miami, Daedalus, Jupiter, and Miró String Quartets, the New York Philharmonic Ensembles, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and with many eminent soloists including famed jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman. He made his Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the American Symphony in 1992 and his London orchestral debut at the Barbican Centre with the London Philharmonic in 1986. He has been heard on BBC Radio for many years in both live and recorded performances, and on National Public Radio in the USA, as well as many other American radio stations.
Todd Crow is an honors graduate of the University of California and the Juilliard School. Among his teachers have been Erno Dániel, Ania Dorfmann, and at the Music Academy of the West, Emanuel Bay. At the age of thirteen he was awarded an indefinitely renewable scholarship for the study of music composition by the Epstein Foundation of Chicago, and as a teenager he won prizes for his works including a competition sponsored by the National Society of Arts and Letters. At age fifteen, he won the Santa Barbara Symphony Young Artists Competition. He is also editor of the volume Bartók Studies (Detroit, 1976). In 1986 he received the University of Californias Distinguished Alumni Award and he is currently Professor of Music on the George Sherman Dickinson Chair at Vassar College.
"Todd Crow is an American Treasure." - Fanfare
"...Stunning control and a wonderful sense of musical architecture." - The Wall Street Journal
"Unusually serious, intelligent, and thought-provoking...magical." - The New York Times
The benefits of Ultra HD 32-Bit Mastering:
Ambience of Analogue Sound
The Lowest Noise Floor, allowing even the quietest musical information to be heard more clearly!
Richer Sound Field
Master-Tape Quality Sound!!!
Delivers what musicians originally intended!
Limited Run of Only 2,000 First Edition Pressings Available!
Produced using PureFlection (Pure Reflection) Process
Ultra HD Mastering
Playable on ALL CD Players!
Re-mastered by Michael Bishop at Five/Four Productions, Ohio, USA
Produced by Winston Ma
Todd Crow, piano
1. Nocturne in E flat major, Op. 9, No. 2 (Frederic Chopin)
2. Ode to the Yellow River, from Yellow River Concerto (Central Philharmonic Society of the PRC)
3. Traumerei (Dreaming) (Robert Schumann)
4. Auf Flugeln des Gesanges (On Wing of Song) (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, arranged by Franz Liszt)
5. Golliwogg's Cakewalk, from Children's Corner (Claude Debussy)
6. Liebestraum (Dreams of Love) No. 3 (Franz Liszt)
7. Polonaise, from Eugene Onegin, arranged by Franz Liszt (Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky)
8. Waltz in G flat major, Op. 70, No. 1 (Frederic Chopin)
9. Clair de Lune (Moonlight), from Suite Bergamasque
10. Waltz in C sharp minor, Op. 64, No. 2 (Frederic Chopin)
11. Impromptu in E flat major, Op. 90, No. 2, D. 899 (Franz Schubert)
12. Serenade, from Don Giovanni (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arranged by Ferruccio Busoni)
13. Ou I'on entend une vieille boite a misique (Where One Heart, The Old Music Box) (from En Vacances Deodat de Severac)
14. Impromptu in G flat major Op. 90 No. 3, D. 899 (Franz Schubert)
15. Waltz in D flat major, Op. 64 No. 1 (Minute Waltz) (Frederic Chopin)
16. Fruhlingslied (Spring Song), arranged by Franz Lizst (Felix Mendelssohn-Batholdy)
17. Hungarian Melody (Franz Schubert)