September 27-October 1st

Stavanger Symphony Orchestra / Andris Poga / Martin Grubinger

Stavanger concert house

Sergei Rachmaninov Symphony NO.2 , 

Peter Eötvös: Speaking Drums

 

September 19-21

Recording Residentie Orchestra The Hague / Anja Bihlmaier & Yeol Eum

Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto

Concert Hall Amare The Hague

September 15-18

Recording Markus Miesenberger, Erich Traxler & Christian Haimel

CUPIDO (Love Songs)

ST. Michael Church in ST. Marien / Austria

Wonderful late 18th, early 19th century songs for Tenor, fortepiano and Guitar.

Release on Turtle Records® under license Challenge Classics | HQ|NORTHSTAR

September 9-12

Recording Cappella Pratensis / Missa "Maria Zart" from Jacob Obrecht

Heusden / The Netherlands

Arguably the mass of masses, this massive vocal work by Jacob Obrecht sung by 12 of the most renowned specialist singers one can imagine.

Release next year on the Challenge Classics | HQ|NORTHSTAR label

 

 

September 2nd 2022


This amazing box celebrates the 50th anniversary of one of the most influential and seminal Baroque ensembles of the recording history: La Petite Bande and its conductor. The box contains the St. Matthew Passion, the St. John Passion, the Christmas Oratorio and the Mass in b minor. All these works are performed according to the individual and strictly musicologically based criteria elaborated by that great musician who is also a great scholar that goes under the name of Sigiswald Kuijken.

This special edition collection will also be available as download in most formats up to DXD and DSD256 at a special price.

Producers note: The maximum original resolution of the Mass in B Moll is DSD64 & PCM192kHz/24 bit and as such combined with the other variants.

It is a tremendous privilege to collaborate with such an iconic ensemble and its leader already for so many years and I congratulate Sigiswald and all involved with this unbelievable milestone. To be responsible for all the recordings in this collection and many more, in the privileged role of artistic producer and sound engineer, has been a great honor and I treasure countless dear memories from our time together.

Bert van der Wolf
2022

 August 25th

 

25-08-2022


Dear, valued Friend of The Spirit of Turtle,

This morning I had a big scare!

It looked like my platform was taken over by some hostile "Music Aficionado" that found a devious way around the fence of The Spirit of Turtle and download many productions for free...

Luckily, a quick investigation and searching contact with the providers of the shops back-end, proved there was "only" a problem with an application update of the Digital Assets engine.

It somehow RE-E-mailed all orders from the past to our clients, which proved to be a lot after all;-) I was surprised...

So as you can imagine, it has been a bit of a chaos at the office this morning in stead of a peaceful mixing/editing session for the next production to appear.

So, FALSE ALARM and you can discard all these e-mails, or, if you lost some files, you can re-download them after all! Maybe the only good news in the midst of this mess.

I sincerely apologize for this horrible quirk, although there was nothing I could have done about it as it is a problem of some application under the hood of our Shopify host.

Enjoy the rest of your day and great music!

Warm regards,

Bert van der Wolf
Producer, Recording Engineer
HQ|NORTHSTAR / TSoT

The explanation of the host:

 

24-08-2022: Binaural Headphone releases

 

The High End Audio community, and more specifically the members in it who are mainly using headphones, have been asking for quite some time for a true High Res format for the Binaural experience of our Immersive Audio productions. The regular platforms all provide a Dolby Atmos permutation of compressed MP4 and this does not suffice for us for sharing our content.

That is why The Spirit of Turtle decided to produce binaural versions, exclusively for standard headphones, in decoded True HD 48kHz / 24 bit and 96kHz / 24 bit and offer those in FLAC format on the platform. These are directly derived from the 9.1 master files used for our AURO-3D and True HD Dolby Atmos releases.

This avoids the need of a decoder in either the player application and/or hardware processor and one can enjoy the Immersive presentation on any regular headphone. Of course these versions are not suitable for speaker playback!!!

From today on we will add more and more productions in this fabulous format, so more people can experience our 9.1 Immersive Audio productions, not only the once with an elaborate 10ch speaker set-up.

 

21-08-2022: New Variants for several productions

Over the years there have been different demands for digital formats and when The Spirit of Turtle platform was conceived, not all available productions were available in all permutations yet. We however keep steadily working on mastering those options and adding them to the catalogue. F.i. CC72302, Christoph Prégardien with Andreas Stair only appeared as SACD, so the DXD original recording and the DSD128/DSD256 versions derived from those were not prepared for release yet, but only the DSF files. Now we have added those and many will follow. It is a lot of work and digging in the archive though, but keep checking and/or asking us for them, so maybe your favourit production can be pulled forward.

 

20% Summer discount until August the 15th!!

Use discount code: SSD2220

First True HD Dolby Atmos titles soon available.

The past few months we have been participating with several producers in the High Resolution Audio community for the development of a downloadable format for "Dolby Atmos True HD". Until now this lossless format only appears on physical Blu-ray disc, but several customers have been asking for a file-format to be able to stream our music through their Atmos set-up in Immersive Dolby Atmos.

Normally only a compressed mp4 format is available through Apple Music and several other platforms.

The solution for now is packing the 48kHz/24 bit ADM into a 'MKV" video container and first testing has proven to be very successful. All the Dolby Atmos formats decode seamless, so also our 5.1+4 Immersive content. One can also enjoy the Binaural headphone version.

Over the coming period all our immersive titles will become available in this format, next to of course 9.1 AURO-3D.

 

ACCENT & ETCETERA

All HQ|NORTHSTAR recordings featuring on the ACCENT (Note 1 Music, Germany) and the ETCETERA label will become available on The Spirit of Turtle platform in all high resolution formats, both stereo and Multi-Channel. Featuring La Petite Bande / Sigiswald Kuijken, Ars Antiqua Austria / Gunar Letzbor and The Amsterdam Combattimento Consort / Jan Willem de Vriend. This complements the catalogue of productions in the Web Store nicely for all the wonderful productions with these musicians we recorded. The coming months the titles will gradually be added.

 

Ars Antiqua Austria | Gunar Letzbor

This week 10, Stift Lambach Austria. Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor, Jan Krigovsky, Markus Miesenberger, Nina Pohn. Forgotten composer Ivanchiz, again Mozart quality…

NEW TSoT production, to be released coming July.

Maurice Ravel 

TRIO ALCHEMICO
Lina Tur Bonet, Violin. (on gut strings)
Marco Testori, Cello.  (on gut strings)
Pierre Goy, historical piano and Luthéal

This week 9 recording works for violin, cello and piano by Maurice Ravel. The famous Tzigane and sonatas for Violin/piano and violin/Cello.

We are able to use original instruments from the museum MIM in Brussels.

Recordings with The Hague Residentie Orchestra /Jan Willem de Vriend

Schubert Symphony no. 6 ‘Die Kleine’ in the brand new Amare concert hall in The Hague.


"The Pope" of AURO-3D  visits The Spirit of Turtle

After many years of anticipation, finally, the godfather of AURO-3D, Wilfried van Baelen (Galaxy Studios, Belgium and CEO of the AURO group) visited the HQ|NORTHSTAR / TSoT studio to experience the recordings we produced in the (his) 9.1 format, on our terms and with our specialized monitoring of Merging Technologies NADAC+POWER+CLOCK, Spectral Audio Amps and Avalon Acoustic monitors. All in full immersive DXD of course. Wilfried was awe struck to tears about the results and what the system can deliver under these ideal circumstances. 

Wilfried said "Bert Van der Wolf exceeded my expectations which where already very high. He is an artist in getting the sound so pure and so natural for which he designed a special microphone setup (partially based on boundary mics) which allows a very high level of signal in each loudspeaker although that is not the way I experience it. At a certain moment, he put off the lights and it felt like the musicians were playing in front of myself sitting in the place where they recorded. Bert did countless productions in the Galaxy Studios Hall which I know very well. When he played them in his studio in that ultimate audio quality in AURO 9.1 it felt like I was in there in the same room as the musicians were playing. It is one of the most natural reproductions of sound I ever experienced"

His warmhearted approval on our take on AURO-3D makes us proud and confident to continue with this wonderful format.

 

Launch of AURO-3D Productions

The spirit of Turtle will release some 50 productions over the coming months that have been recorded in the 9.1 AURO-3D format. In close collaboration with the AURO team in Mol Belgium, all original 10ch DXD recordings will be encoded in the standard 96kHz/24bit FLAC for distribution. The format has the 4 height channels encoded in 5.1 files, which are backward compatible on all standard 5.1 Surround Sound systems, but with a dedicated AURO-3D encoder will deliver the genuine 9.1 result. For reference on the recording technique HQ|NORTHSTAR / TSoT is using find this article in our Blog posts & News section.

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Nominated for an "Edison Klassiek"!
Song Cycles - Die schöne Müllerin / Schwanengesang / Winterreise
Congratulations to Christoph Prégardien, Andreas Staier and Michael Gees!


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Vintage Challenge-Vanguard / HQ|NORTHSTAR productions are gradually added over time and for the first time available as high resolution digital download now!

 

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The International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) nominees are publicly announced.
We are honored by the nomination of the late Bernard Haitink with Bruckner No.7

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On location Recordings / 6-9 November 2021

 CATHARIJNEKERK, HEUSDEN (NETHERLANDS)

Cappella Pratensis
Den Bosch Choir-books Volume 3

 

If it's Saturday, it must be Heusden!

The next episode in the great adventure with Cappella Pratensis, recording the Den Bosch Choir-books. What a joy to hear this magnificent vocal group filling the luscious acoustic of this great church in Heusden where the sun beams through with glorious rays of light. An inspiring environment to perform these renaissance gems.

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On location Recordings / 2-5 November 2021

KONSERTHUS STAVANGER (NORWAY)
Stavanger Symphony Orchestra / Andris Poga / Baiba Skride
VASKS, PETERIS : Musica appassionata
PROKOFJEV, SERGEJ : Konsert for fiolin nr 1
TSJAJKOVSKIJ, PJOTR : Symfoni nr 6 "Pathétique

 

If it's Wednesday, it must be Stavanger!
Leading/producing recordings for NRK, the Norwegian TV/broadcasting corporation. Trying to deliver the best sound ever without being visible;-) Complex contraptions from the ceiling.

After 30 years waiting, finally Tchaikovskys Symfonie nr. 6, Pathétique, my all time favorite composition. A dream come true!
Thanks Stavanger Symfoniorkester

 

 

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On location Recordings / 28-31 October 2021

RATHAUS, SPIEGELSAAL / BRATISLAVA SLOVAKIA

Collegium Wartberg 430, Jan Krigovsky.

If it’s Friday it must be Bratislava!

New project for the Spirit. Contrabas Concerts by Johannes Matthias Sperger, famous contrabas player and composer(1750-1812).

 

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    On location Recordings / October 7th 2021

GROTE OF ST. LAURENS KERK, ROTTERDAM THE NETHERLANDS

La Sfera Armoniosa / Mike Fentross Concerti Grossi

Pieter Hellendaal, live concert.

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