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Beautifully recorded and produced organ and classical music to Audiophile standards in high resolution and surround sound
All albums from Base2 Music are available in CD, SACD and Reel to Reel tape formats
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Our intention is to present superb interpretations performed on magnificent instruments by artistes of the highest calibre.
Our goal is to strive for excellence. In pursuit of this goal, we record diligently in well-chosen venues with state of the art equipment and carefully selected microphones in very high resolution DSD, PCM digital and analogue tape.
We prefer the physical medium over 'streaming' and present our recordings on Super Audio CDs, providing high-end stereo as well as surround 5.1 multichannel sound on SACD players, while offering full compatibility with all standard CD players.
We also make analogue editions of our recordings that are independently but simultaneously recorded onto Reel to Reel tape. These are pure analogue productions and are hand edited with razors.
Our work is to Audiophile standards and we use the best of monitoring equipment from Vivid Audio Loudspeakers, to give you the clearest possible window into the music and the artiste's expression.
Our artiste roster currently are Jean-Paul Imbert, concert organist, professor and teacher of hundreds of the next two generations of organists, who was a pupil of Pierre Cochereau and Jean Guillou, and became substitute with Guillou on the great organ of St Eustache of Paris. Jean-Paul has recorded organ works by César Franck and our new album titled 'Passacaglia', with pieces from Couperin, Buxtehude, Bach, Reger, Rogg and Ferrari, all based on the 3/4 timed 'Passacaglia' bass theme. This was recorded on the mighty Seifert organ of Marienbasilika in Kevelaer, Germany and is out now.
We have a new album from the famous Wayne Marshall, conductor, pianist and organist, who as a graduate from the Royal college of Music studied with Nicholas Danby. Wayne went on to an illustrious concert and recording career, including performing solo Piano and Organ at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Wayne is also a well known interpreter of Gershwin as conductor and performer. His first recording with us is based on Dupré's Passion symphony and works by Franz Schmidt recorded at the organ of the Fátima basilica in Portugal. The first recording of this new Mascioni organ. For more info please go to www.waynemarshall.com
We have the excellent Dr Jean-Marie Fritz, Organist and an academic in medieval literature, a pupil of Jean-Paul Imbert and Jean Guillou, who recorded with the beautiful Soprano, Mi Ja Kim, a new CD called 'Apres le clair de lune', a wonderful selection of songs from the Baroque and traditional songs from South Korea. This is our first pure 'direct to DSD' recording, and is unedited. Madame Mi Ja Kim is a graduate of the Scholar Cantorum in Paris and National Conservatory of Chalon-Saone, France.
New artistes in recording are the brilliant young organist Egor Kolesov, from St Petersburg, and Ruslan Shmelkov from Moscow on Clarinet who are recording works by Carl Nielsen, with Arvo Part, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff. This recording has taken place at the beautiful Notre-Dame des Neiges, L'Alpe d'Huez, France.
About Base 2
Base2 is owned by Jacob A Purches, Producer, recording engineer, 3D designer, audiophile and music lover. He owns 'Base2 Studio' and is available for recording work in all forms. Base2 Music is a young label, founded in 2017 and is not out to build a large catalogue in a short period of time, but to carefully and slowly produce recordings to the highest possible standards of the best artistes that are relevant today. Our works will be added to over time so please come back and visit this page from time to time.
Recordings are expensive to do to this calibre and in this uncertain age, we feel that making music should be an act of bringing beauty into the world not just for a financial incentive. So we are also happy to accept sponsorships for worthy musical projects. If you are interested please get in touch.
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Wayne Marshall (born 13 January 1961) is an English pianist, organist, and conductor.
He is Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester in Cologne, Germany, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester.
He became Principal Guest Conductor of Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi in 2007, and is a celebrated interpreter of George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington and other 20th-century American composers.
He has recorded Gershwin's complete works for piano and orchestra with the Aalborg Symfoniorkester, acting as conductor and piano soloist.
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Mi Ja KIM Born in Korea, Kim received a singing diploma from the music department of the National University of Chonnam in 1991 and the highest degree in singing lessons from the National Conservatory of Chalon-Sur-Saone, France.
Kim graduated with singing, harpsichord, musical analysis, theory, chamber and choir degrees at the National Conservatory of Dijon.
Kim has also studied at the music therapy department of the Schola Cantorum in Paris from 2004 to 2006. Kim is soloist at the recital and currently directs the choir of Amis Voix in France.
Jean-Marie Fritz studied classical philology and french literature at Paris (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Agrégation, PhD) and also studied the organ with Pierre Vidal at the Conservatory of Strasbourg, and then with Jean-Paul Imbert at Schola Cantorum in Paris in 1987 where Fritz unanimously received his concert diploma.
From 1986 to 1988, Fritz studied with Jean Guillou during the Summer Master Classes course at Alpe d'Huez and Zurich.
In 1991, he won the first prize at UFAM's Saint Competition at the Saint-Eustache church (Paris).
Jean-Marie Fritz is currently organist of the Saint-Bernard church in Fontaine-lès-Dijon, France, and professor of French medieval literature at the University of Burgundy.
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Jean-Paul Imbert was born in Clermont-Ferrand in 1942. He studied piano and organ and at the age of 15 he became the organist of the church of Saint Joan of Arc.
He studied in Paris from 1962 to 1965 and received tuition from Pierre Cochereau and Jean Guillou. In 1971 he became a substitute for the great organ of Saint-Eustache in Paris and remained so until 1993.
In 1988 he had the honor of playing at the opening concert of the World Congress of Organists on the great organ of Kings College in Cambridge and in 1993 he was appointed the titular organist of the Kleuker organ of Notre-Dame des Neiges in Alpe d'Huez, responsible for the organisation of concerts with renowned organists from all over the world.
From 1997 to 2006 he was the organist of Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours in Paris He has performed all over the world. France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Italy, Russia, Poland, England and is a professor at the Schola Cantorum in Paris.
Jean-Paul has made several organ transcriptions of symphonic works: Liszt's Preludes, Prokofiev's Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet, Richard Wagner's Prelude de Tristan and Isolde, Verdi's Ave Maria and an introduction to the Seven Last Words of Christ by Haydn.
In 2004 he was appointed Knight of Arts and Letters and in 2010 he was promoted to the rank of Arts and Letters Officer by the Minister of Culture. In 2014, he was awarded the medal of knight of the Palmes Académiques.
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Review of 'Passacaglia' Jean-Paul Imbert. Recorded by Jacob Purches, Base 2 Music. By Adrian Quanjer - January 27, 2020
This release is not only a great gift for organ fans, it is also an ideal demonstration disc for super sound surround buffs.
To deal with the sound first, the recording has been made with a ‘truly Immersive’ surround picture in mind. Engineered and edited by Jacob Purches (Base2 Music) to fully capture subsonic sound below 40 Hz to 16Hz “the lowest fundament of 32 foot stops on the organ” with 5 omnidirectional microphones covering a frequency range from 5 Hz to 50 kHz, ensuring at the same time that “the rear channels pick up the sounds from the Chapel organ in the ambiance of the main organ”. Sounds like wizardry to me, but I’m admittedly a layman in this field. But isn’t it the end result that counts? To that effect the services of Bastiaan Kuijt (The Netherlands-based BK Audio, who assisted Sony and Philips in developing the Unified Cutting Master Format), have been solicited for the final SACD surround mastering. It may be clear that nothing has been left to chance by Base2 Music to produce a milestone organ recording. Provided your power amp, speakers and/or your ears can handle it, the sound quality is, indeed, most impressive.