Recording a chamber music ensemble like SDSQ is a test of physical strength and mental endurance for the musicians. It isn't possible to easily "cut and paste" tracks when we make mistakes due to the nature of our instruments and the type of music that we play. As a result, we had to be as precise and perfect as humanly possible- the first time!
We were outfitted with headphones but decided to do without in order to hear each other better. The acoustics in the recording studio were good, but it was also difficult for us to get close enough to really hear each other and have the visual contact that we are accustomed to. Regardless of these obstacles, we were still pleased with the work that we did and are excited to hear the final product! Our tracks will be ready in a few weeks once the students at AI have had a chance to do some balancing adjustments and polishing.
In the meantime, enjoy this video from our recording of the Overture to Handel's "Messiah."