The recording was reproduced by the Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano and recorded directly to a CD glass mastering unit.

Dick Hyman is a versatile musician. Besides being a busy concert pianist and organist, he also composes, arranges and conducts. Hyman is responsible for composing music for several movies, while Woody Allen often features his music in his movies.

Track: Bach Up To Me (T.F. Waller)
Album: Dick Hyman Plays Fats Waller (1990)
Label: Premonition Records
Appears on: DALI CD Vol. 1

Dick Hyman Plays Fats Waller
The album from which we selected this track is special in more ways than one. It was recorded on a Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano, a piano connected to a computer to 'record' the actual mechanical movements made by the pianist and then accurately reproduce them. Instead of recording his performance on tape, the computer registers all the key and pedal movements made by Hyman on the Bösendorfer Piano. Then, instead of editing the tape, Dick made changes to the computer file that was generated to add the final touch to the performance.

Finally, to add complexity, the recording was reproduced by the Bösendorfer Reproducing Piano and recorded directly to a CD glass mastering unit, effectively creating the world's first 'direct-to-CD' recording.

This, however, was easier said than done, as no CD duplicating plant has a recording studio next to its glass mastering facility. So the CDs were replicated as so-called 'Gold Discs', adding a high-end touch to the approach of this project.

A lot of work for a piano recording, but we think it was worth it.

The album 'Dick Hyman plays Fats Waller' from which this track is taken is a highly personal homage to Fats Waller (1904-1943) who was both a superb songwriter and a great jazz pianist. Hyman provides virtuous treatments of the pieces on which Waller developed the art of stride, imbuing them all with his own distinct personality.

We chose this track because it's superbly recorded with brilliant fidelity and presence. By the end of the track, you could easily be led to believe that there's more than one pianist playing. Not the kind of piano one hears every day.


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