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Candlewood Digital was founded in 2006 by Richard Price and Wayne Hileman, following thirty combined years of working together at one of New York's premier classical recording studios.


Completed by mobile engineering specialist Robert LaPorta, the Candlewood Digital staff of professionals offers musicians a high-end recording resource unsurpassed in skill, experience, and dedication to the highest standards, both musical and technical.


Our company is based on our values.

At the center of everything we do is the music.

We believe in treating people with kindness, respect, and patience.

We are an old-fashioned business.

 

"Candlewood has become recognized as one of the most respected classical recording firms in the industry."

Fanfare Magazine

 

"...one of those audiophile experiences in which every sound is captured in detail so naturally placed within its acoustic environment that it can serve as a touchstone for capturing musical excellence."

Gramophone Magazine

Canciones Espanolas

Danielle Talamantes - Henry Dehlinger - MSR Classics

 

"....these may just be the greatest performances of Beethoven's middle quartets in recorded history."

Fanfare Magazine

Arianna String Quartet

Beethoven: The Middle Quartets


Contact Us

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London: at Henry Wood Hall, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra

under Maestro David Angus, Candlewood records the music of

American composer Barbara Harbach. This marks the sixth CD in this

historic collaboration. Below, CanDig producer and former hornist

Richard Price thanks the LPO's superb brass players after the sessions.

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New York City : Director Mary Huff, with the New York City Children's

Chorus and Andrew Henderson, pianist, recording Christmas in New York

for MSR Classics at the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church,

following up their widely acclaimed MSR Classics debut Simple Gifts.

Below: CanDig engineer Wayne Hileman, Mr. Henderson,

Maestra Huff, and CanDig producer Richard Price at the sessions.

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Troy, NY : John Jensen in a program of first recordings

of the piano works of Paul Reale,

at the renowned Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, NY.

Photos by Claire Rydell, used by kind permission of the

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

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Caramoor: The Westchester Symphonic Winds, under conductor

Curt Ebersole, at their sixth consecutive sold out July 4 performance

at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York,

recorded live by Candlewood. They'll be back in 2020;

get your tickets early!

 

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Michigan: Dr. Leslie Tung, recording a program of Beethoven Sonatas

on fortepiano for MSR Classics, at the Dalton Center Recital Hall

of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. This is the second of Dr. Tung's fortepiano recordings for MSR Classics, following his much-praised

CD of variation sets by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

 

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New Jersey: Hornists Patrick Smith, Annamia Larsson, James Naigus,

and pianist Tomoko Kanamaru at the College of New Jersey, recording

music of James Naigus for MSR Classics.

Below, with CanDig producer/engineer Richard Price.

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Massachusetts: Baritone Gary Wood and pianist Philip Sweanson

recording Aviary, a program of new works by Mr. Swanson

as well as jazz standards, all based on bird texts,

at Salem State University.

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St. Louis: Recording chamber music of Barbara Harbach at the

Anheuser-Busch Theatre of the University of Missouri at St Louis:

Dr. Harbach, violinist Jane Price, pianist Alla Voskoboynikova,

and soprano Stella Markou.

 

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London: Candlewood returns for a fifth CD in the critically acclaimed

MSR Classics series of recordings of the orchestral works

of American composer Barbara Harbach with the

London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by David Angus,

at Cadogan Hall, London. Below: Maestro Angus and Dr. Harbach,

and members of the LPO at the sessions.

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St. Louis: Candlewood recording Beethoven's Op. 131 Quartet with the

Arianna String Quartet, nearing the finish line of their highly-acclaimed

complete Beethoven Quartet cycle: John McGrosso, Julia Sakharova,

Kurt Baldwin, and Joanna Mendoza.

 

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Florida: Recording music of Paul Reale at Lynn University, Boca Raton,

with the Lynn Chamber Orchestra and piano soloist Chris Guzman,

conducted by Guillermo Figueroa and Jon Robertson.

 

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New York City: Recording the wind music of Paul Reale

at Oktaven Audio, with the Borealis Wind Quintet:

Candlewood producer Richard Price, pianist Christopher Guzman,

clarinetist Jo-Ann Sternberg, flutist Keith Bonner, hornist Dan Culpepper, composer Paul Reale, oboist Tamar Beach Wells,

bassoonist Wayne Hileman.

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Arkansas: Oboist Theresa Delaplain and pianist Tomoko Kashiwagi

recording works by Robert Mueller, Edmund Rubbra, Pedro Soler,

Grazyna Bacewicz, and Merab Partskhaladze, at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

 

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Albany, NY: Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band, under conductor

Elisa Koehler, recording its second CD with Candlewood,

featuring rare high-pitch brass and wind instruments of

the late nineteenth century in new editions of long-unplayed

works of the period discovered by Michael O'Connor.

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St. Louis: Classic jazz tunes by women composers, recorded by Candlewood at the Anheuser-Busch Theatre of the

University of Missouri at St Louis: Michael Kaupa, project coordinator

Dr. Barbara Harbach, Thomas George, Ric Vice.

 

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Troy, New York : At the fabled Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:

a remarkable program of specially commissioned arrangements

of hymn tunes for horns, soprano. and piano. Clockwise from left:

Lisa Bontrager, Tim Shafer, Sarah Shafer, Grace Salyards.

Photo by Jana Bontrager, used by kind permission of

Troy Savings Bank Music Hall.

 

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Washington, DC: The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC,

under music director Thea Kano, performs the world premiere of

the TTBB version of Duruflé's Requiem, recorded live by Candlewood

at the Church of the Epiphany, Washington, DC.

 

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New Jersey: Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 with the New Jersey Choral Society and Orchestra Nexus, under Music Director Eric Dale Knapp, recorded live by Candlewood in Ridgewood, New Jersey.

 

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New York City: David Shuler conducts the Choir of St. Luke in the Fields

at the storied "Smoky Mary's"--the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square, New York City--recording music of Palestrina with Candlewood

for MSR Classics, a followup to their critically acclaimed CD

of works of De Manchicourt.

 

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London: At Blackheath Concert Hall: Candlewood returns for a

fourth CD with the London Philharmonic Orchestra,

conducted by David Angus, in world premieres of new works for

orchestra by Barbara Harbach for MSR Classics.

 

 

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Pennsylvania: The Vivaldi Project: Elizabeth Field,

Allison Edberg Nyquist, and Stephanie Vial, recording with

Candlewood at Lafayette College, Easton, PA. The program:

a followup to their highly acclaimed premiere CD,

Discovering the Classical String Trio, on MSR Classics.

 

 

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Colorado: David Korevaar, recording two full CDs of music by

Lowell Liebermann and Luigi Perrachio for MSR Classics,

at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Clockwise from front right:

Dr. Korevaar; CanDig producer/engineer Richard Price;

master piano technicians Mark Mikkelsen and Ted Mulcahey.

 

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Texas: Daria Rabotkina, recording a program of Humoreskes by Dvorak,

Schumann, Reger, and Rachmaninoff for MSR Classics with Candlewood,

at the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Center at

Texas State University at San Marcos.

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Louisiana: At the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall of the

University of Louisiana at Monroe, soprano Claire Vangelisti,

pianist Rick Seiler, and hornist James Boldin join Candlewood for

first recordings of the music of Eurico Carrapatoso for MSR Classics.

 

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New York: At Skinner Recital Hall, Vassar College:

Candlewood records a new CD of Chopin Mazurkas with pianist

Todd Crow (r). On left is master piano technician Mark Moriarty.

 

 

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New York City: A contender for the most unique live recording of the year!

The Double Entendre double-reed ensemble in concert at Le Cheile

Pub & Restaurant, 181st St, New York City.

(CanDig producer/engineer Richard Price is reflected in back mirror.)

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What's New

 

NYC Children's Chorus on Today, GMA, and more!

The New York City Children’s Chorus, directed by Mary Huff and accompanied by Andrew Henderson, had a very busy Christmastime in celebration of their new CanDig-produced and engineered MSR Classics CD, Christmas in New York. Major recent appearances included holiday programs on Good Morning America (below), Good Day New York, CBS Sunday Morning, TODAY (above), Saturday Night Live and Merry Knicksmas!.

 

Celebrating Art

After ten years at the helm of Charis Chamber Voices, Maestro Arthur Sjögren will be retiring following the group’s Baroque Celebration concerts this December. Maestro Sjögren’s tenure has been marked by the highest levels of programming and performance standards and he is beloved by singers and audiences alike. He also was the Artistic Director of the Pro Arte Singers of Connecticut, the region’s only professional choir, which he led from 1972-2017, and was Director of Choirs at New Canaan High School from 1975 to 2008, leading his singers in 28 tours all over the world and gaining international acclaim. Candlewood Digital has had the honor of recording all of these superb groups for many years. Bravo Art!    

 

Candlewood Producer named Finals Judge for 2020 Indianapolis Baroque Competition

Candlewood producer Richard Price has been named to the five-member panel of Final Judges for the 2020 Indianapolis Baroque Competition, to be held in July 2020. Up to five finalists will be selected to perform in the final round competition, as the final concert of the Indianapolis Early Music Festival. Finalists will each lead the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra in performing a high Baroque solo concerto without a conductor.

First Place prizes include the $10,000 Devona and Amos Gerber Prize, a CD contract with Naxos Records, and a gold-plated medal by artist Sarah Spomer. All Finalists, excluding the Gerber Prize winner, will receive a $500 Laureate Award and a bronze medal. A $500 Audience Prize will be voted on by the audience in attendance at the Finals.

Prize winners will be invited to perform with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra on the IBO Laureatee Series in subsequent years. The final judges will be Tina Chancey, Jeanne Lamon, Ronn McFarlane, Richard Price, and Jory Vinikour.

 

Westchester Symphonic Winds is Winner of The American Prize for Community Bands

Congratulations to the Westchester Symphonic Winds, which, under Music Director Curt Ebersole, has been named the winner of the 2018-2019 American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance, community band division, for 2018-2019. The prize was voted on based on the group's Candlewood Digital live concert recordings. WSW made its New York City debut at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in March of 2010, its national debut at the 2012 Association of Concert Bands National Convention, and will perform for the seventh time at Caramoor in July, 2020. The organization is an Ensemble-in-Residence at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York.

 

David Korevaar's New MSR

Perrachio CD on Fanfare Magazine's Want List for 2019

David Korevaar's new MSR Classics release of Luigi Perrachio's piano music has been named to Fanfare Magazine's Want List for 2019.  Says critic Ken Meltzer,"Perrachio’s works never sound derivative. It is beautiful, compelling music in its own right, presenting considerable technical and interpretive challenges that Korevaar surmounts with distinction. The recorded sound, rich, detailed, and lifelike, is worthy of this admirable project."

Congratulations David!

 

Charis Chamber Voices celebrates 25th Anniversary with 3-CD Set

Acclaimed chamber choir Charis Chamber Voices is celebrating its 25th anniversary season with a special 3-CD set containing recordings from throughout its history. Candlewood Digital has been proud to be the official recording company of Charis since 2009, a relationship resulting in thirty live concert recordings (some pictured below.) 2019 marks the end of an one era for Charis, with the retirement of much-loved Maestro Arthur Sjögren after ten years as Artistic Director (see above), and the beginning of another, as Dr. Jeremy Wiggins conducts the winter and spring concerts for 2020.

 

Meg Bowles' Evensong

wins Best Ambient Album

at ZMR Music Awards

For the second time in as many albums, Meg Bowles has won Best Ambient Album at the 15th Annual Zone Music Reporter Awards, held live at the House of Blues in New Orleans. Evensong won in the Best Ambient category and was also a finalist for Record of the Year. The awards, the most prestigious in the New Age/Ambient/Electronica field, are voted on by an international panel of broadcasters. (Meg's 2013 CD The Shimmering Land was the 2013 winner for Best Ambient Album.) Jorneyscapes says of the CD, produced by Candlewood, "Easily one of the decade's finest ambient/space music albums to come around, Evensong is simply an epic beauty." Congratulations Meg!

 

Legacies: Candlewood Documents The Work of Two Living American Composers

Candlewood is privileged to be a part of the continuing extensive documentation of the works of two major American composers: Barbara Harbach and Paul Reale. Dr. Harbach's internationally acclaimed series on MSR Classics, The Music of Barbara Harbach, has reached Volume 13 with the release of her new CD of orchestral music, her fifth with the London Philharmonic Orchestra under David Angus. Other performers in the series have included the St. Louis Chamber Orchestra, members of the Arianna String Quartet, sopranos Stella Markou and Marlissa Hudson, the Slovak Radio Philharmonic, the St. Louis Lower Brass Collective, pianist Alla Voskoboynikova, and many others. Paul Reale's fantastically varied output has been recorded by Candlewood in works for two pianos, piano solo, wind chamber groups, chamber orchestra, and other combinations and has likewise enjoyed a fantastic critical reception on both sides of the Atlantic. It is featured on both MSR Classics releases and Naxos releases featuring the Borealis Wind Quintet, pianists John Jensen, Christopher Guzman, Walter Ponce, Paul Reale, Carl Patrick Bolleia, Patricio Molina, Enriqueta Somarriba, Jiayan Sun, and Min Kwon, cellist Kim Cook, the Mirecourt Trio, the California State University Wind Ensemble, the Lynn University Chamber Orchestra, and many others. We are grateful to be part of these two very important ventures!

 

 

New Commercial CD Projects

New commercial projects being produced and engineered by Candlewood include a sixth CD with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under David Angus, recording orchestral works of Barbara Harbach; Volume 3 of the much-acclaimed series Discovering the Classical String Trio, with the Vivaldi Project, to be recorded at legendary Troy Savings Bank Music Hall; a program of fortepiano sonatas with Leslie Tung, to be recorded in Kalamazoo, MI; Mistaking Earth for Heaven, a recording of new music for
countertenor, cello and organ by
acclaimed composer Nicholas White, to be recorded at the famed St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hanpshire; late quartets of Beethoven, with the Arianna String Quartet, at the Touhill Performing Arts Center in St. Louis; chamber works of Robert K. Mueller, to be reocrded in Fayetteville, Arkansas with members of the Arkansas Symphony; works of Ravel and other composers, to be recorded by vioinist Dan Auerbach and pianist Joshua Pierce, in a followup to their well-received debut CD Devil's Trill, on MSR Classics, to be recorded at the College of Staten Island;
French works for cello and piano as well as solo piano, with cellist Darrett Adkins and renowned pianist Ann Schein, at Oberlin College; Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata and other works, to be recorded by violinist Zina Schiff with pianist Cameron Grant, at the legendary Mechanics Hall in Worcester, Massachusetts;
and more!

 

Live Candlewood Recordings

Underway for 2019-2020

A new concert weason lies ahead of us and Candlewood Digital will be a part of it! Among the live recordings being produced and engineered by CanDig: the World Premiere of Caleb Burhans' Galveston '89, with the Double Entendre double-reed ensemble continuing its groundbreaking and imaginative series of concerts in unusual venues in New York City and environs; Curt Ebersole and the Westchester Symphonic Winds begin the group’s 32nd season; the Grammy Signature music programs of Greenwich High School under Bethany Fuscaldo, Patrick Taylor, and new band director Amy Bovin in their magnificent new concert hall;Victoria Shields conducts the choirs and orchestra of the First Presbyterian Church of New Canaan, CT; the Greenwich Public Schools Honor Choirs contiune their concert series in Greenwich, CT; Charis Chamber Voices, under the direction of retiring Maestro Arthur Sjögren, performs a special Christmas concert with baroque chamber orchestra, as well as concerts with guest conductor Jeremy Wiggins; Christopher Fasulo leads the Landmark Parish Choirs of Westchester County, New York, in a program of Lessons and Carols; new seasons for the Connecticut Choral Society and the New Jersey Choral Society (pictured above), both conducted by Eric Dale Knapp; Christine R. Howlett leads the Vassar Choir and Orchestra and Cappella Festiva; and many more!

 

 

In the Editing/Mastering Rooms

the London Philharmonic Orchestra, under David Angus, in its sixth CD of the orchestral works of Barbara Harbach, for MSR Classics ; fortepianist Leslie Tung in a followup recording to his widely praised MSR CD Theme and Variations, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; new songs for baritone and piano by Philip Swanson, including a setting of Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, sung by Gary Wood with the composer at the piano, recorded at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts; jazz standards by women composers, recorded by Candlewood in St. Louis and featuring Thomas George, piano, Michael Kaupa, flugelhorn, and Ric Vice, bass; chamber works of Dr. Barbara Harbach,with the St. Louis Chamber Players; piano concertos of Casella, Respighi, Lopotnikoff, and others, featuring Joshua Pierce joined by Paul Freeman, Kirk Trevor, and the RTV Symphony Orchestra Slovenia and Slovak National Symphony Orchestra; new and vintage projects from Music Minus One, Classic Jazz, and Inner City Records, and much more!

 

 


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