There has been a lot of debate recently about the role of record companies and how the situation is rapidly changing.
Hill/Wiltschinsky have recorded with many major labels, Teldec, ASV and Hyperion to name just a few.
There is nothing quite as exciting for an artist as coming across their latest recording in Tower records New York!
These contracts are harder to come by now as labels try to adjust to modern technology.
We have been recording in our own studio for some time which has many advantages. You can go over a piece as often as you like until you are happy with it, not having to worry about engineers etc.
I recently read an interview with Pepe Romero who was saying that he was about to undertake some recording in his own living room. (His children are obviously grown up and he can't have two dogs and a cat..)
He is looking forward to 'intimate music making' for the reasons I have given.
Problems do occur though. When we got the musicians together to rehearse for 'Robin Hill's Eklectica' we couldn't get the double bass up the winding attic stairs and didn't even attempt the piano!
This CD was therefore recorded in a studio, as will any orchestral pieces, unless of course you have an extremely large lounge..
I was in fact contacted the other day by a company asking me to review their product. Whilst I haven't tried them out myself their website looks interesting for those of you wanting a complete studio on your PC, they are called Fleximusic and have a few different packages available.
We, however, are sorted out in that department, and all we need is Robin to stay here long enough to record his next CD.
'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