Flute de Pan et Orgue
HQ-180gr -- 1 LP
Half-Speed Mastered by Stan Ricker (SRM)
Pressed at Pallas (Germany)
500 numbered copies
Publication: July 20, 2010
Due to high dynamic, this disc may cause some tracking troubles if the system is not perfectly aligned
Stan Ricker (www.rickermaster.com):
<< It was the quietest test I'd ever heard!!!!! I most definitely feel this is my prize mastering after all these years, except for my direct-to-disk recordings in about 1978. It's just amazing how much was captured on the recording, and how just totally musical it is. Catherine (Cellier) did a marvelous job! - and the Nagra is a first-class machine. What a good balance Mrs. Cellier got on her tape!!!!! This recording is a perfect example of music with a wider dynamic range than any consumer medium can contain >>.
STAN RICKER comments:
<< THIS RECORDING IS A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF MUSIC WITH A WIDER DYNAMIC RANGE THAN ANY CONSUMER MEDIUM CAN CONTAIN.>>
<< CATHERINE DID A MARVELLOUS JOB!---AND THE NAGRA IS A FIRST-CLASS MACHINE, AS ARE THE NEUMANN MICROPHONES!>>.
<< IIT'S JUST AMAZING HOW MUCH WAS CAPTURED ON THE RECORDING, AND HOW JUST TOTALLY MUSICAL IT IS>>.
<lovely>... <outstanding dynamic, absolute realism>... <Amazing!>... <My most sincere congratulations>... <Excellent!>... <Resounding!>... <This disc is totally silent, with a big unbelievable 3D stage, transparency and dynamic. I'm impressed by the sound of the Panflute, and it is so real and extended that I always forget it's a disc...>
It took a long time to find a contact but I never gave up and thanks to Ulrich Herkenhoff I got it. When I first sent a fax, I was sure it could take even more time to convince Marcel to give me the original master tapes. What a great surprise when he called me back and in a few minutes we got an agreement!
I visited Marcel and Catherine in Swizerland in November 2008 with two friends.
You can see some photos below here, with a huge collection of precious panflutes, a Grammy Award and many other istruments. A few sweet hours together, lunch and then back home with the tapes for the first listening of the tapes and the production of the LP.
Cellier (Organ) and Zamfir (Panflute) became very famous in mid '70s after a few good discs and above all for the theme of a very famous Film titled "Picnic at Hanging Rock". For this reasons, in 1978 they made a series of concerts in Australia, from which this disc was born.
The original tapes of the tourneé have been at Cellier's house till 1983, when Mr. Cellier published both LP and CD versions. But this is the very first audiophile version of this tapes ever!
Fabio Camorani and Marcel Cellier (at Marcel's home)
The original tapes of the tourneé have been at Cellier's house till 1983, when Mr. Cellier published the LP and CD versions.
This is the very first audiophile version of this tapes ever!
The original Nagra used for this disc!
The two precious tapes
The Gold disc won with this title, and the Grammy Award won with Bulgarian Voices
Even if you don't like the sound of Panflute (thus named after the ancient greek pastoral god Pan, "inventor" of the instrument) or you are (justly) biased against romanian panflute virtuoso and tireless promotor, Gheroghe Zamfir's taste in other recordings, you should try this one. In it, Zamfir (b. 1941), has a distinguished partener in Marcel Cellier who plays a positive organ. And they interpret no cross-over, whatsoever, here: Only traditionnal "Doinas", romanian folk and folkish tunes, presented with all the grace, taste and lyric melancholy that this music (aka 'romanian blues') requires.
[image:image-2] Theme from Picnic at Hanging Rock - track 5 of the disc (Doina "Sus pe culmea dealului").
Peter Weir, and his Co-Producer, Hal McElroy, they realised instantly that this extraordinarily beautiful, but even perhaps pagan sound, ideally suited the film. Contact was established with Mr. Zamfir in Switzerland, and he graciously agreed to allow us to use the music from one of his albums. This album will be re-released in Australia to enable the general public to enjoy Mr. Zamfir's talents.>>
Further notes: <<The most distinctive and unique is the sound of pan pipes or pipes of pan, one of the world's most ancient instruments. These pipes are played by Roumanian Gheorghe Zamfir, considered to be the finest pan pipe player in the world. This unique sound was discovered by accident by Jim McElroy, Co-Producer, whilst at a friend's place. As soon as Jim played it to the Director,
Marcel working around his audio system (with a special pair of speaker and a Nagra T both not shown here)
Part of Marcel's collection of Pan Flutes