'As always, it was sheer pleasure to observe Robin Hill's remarkable fluent technique: everything looks easy when he plays it.' Colin Cooper- Classical Guitar Magazine ----- 'Wonderful for their (Hill & Wiltschinsky) precision, touch and clarity of sound... refined virtuosity, the achievement of a long interpretive process.' Il Giornale D'Italia (Rome) ----- 'I loved your CD and thought your technique and performance were fabulous...' Rick Wakeman

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Boxing Day with The Beatles

We are huge fans of The Beatles in this house and the children have grown up listening to all their recordings. Son number one's favourite track is 'Rocky Racoon', whilst son number two's is 'Hello Goodbye'. In fact Hill/Wiltschinsky have arranged and recorded many Beatles tracks over the years, enough to produce 4 CDs!
So it was with some trepidation that I gave Robin a copy of 'Love' for Christmas. I wasn't sure if he would like the original recordings being altered.
Today we sat down to listen for the first time.
What a fantastic job George and Giles Martin have done. I knew we were going to love it as soon as the first track played.
It was 'Because' and the vocals alone remained from the original multi-track recording. It is beautiful in its simplicity with fantastic harmonies. There aren't many vocalists that could get away with all other instruments being removed and the piece still sounding so fresh. The only other thing heard on this track is some distant birdsong captured on the original recording which just adds to the whole feel.
From that point on I knew the whole project had been safe in George Martin's hands.
The rest of the day has seen Robin fiddling with his recording equipment and gradually getting the studio ready for his next CD. More on that as it develops.

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