The River: a product of a week spent together on the Taos Pueblo, a truly tactile and immersive product of this transformative musical experience. Native flute, string quartet, story-telling, and the actual, natural sound of the Pueblo itself through field recordings. Thank you all - Jesse Lewis
Beethoven Sonatas for Fortepiano and Violin
Ian Watson and Susanna Ogata
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineers: Tom Caulfield, Jesse Lewis
Early music and audiophilia have primary source seekers in common, and both take what is hard to see and make it ALIVE to hear!!! I am absolutely obsessed with early music and with hearing old music LIVE again. Susanna and Ian are the most delightful, witty and energetic duo. We are lucky to have these Beethoven Sonatas available now in such vivid color. Thanks to you both! Only two more volumes to go! - Jesse Lewis
The Variations Project | Beethoven | Dvorak
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineers: Kyle Pyke, Jesse Lewis
This is the kind of album I feel so lucky to make. We recorded in one of the absolute treasures of a hall (Soka University) some of the world's most beautiful music for piano trio. I have NEVER heard a piano trio sound like this. PERIOD. - Jesse Lewis
Robert Schumann: Three Sonatas for Violin and Piano
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineer: Mark Donahue
Now Ensemble: DREAMFALL
Producer: Jesse Lewis
Roomful of Teeth: RENDER
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineers: Tom Kennedy, Rich Lamb, Jesse Lewis
New Amsterdam Records
Jan Vogler - J. S. Bach: the Cello Suites
Producers: Jesse Lewis and ETHEL Engineers: Kyle Pyke and Jesse Lewis
Tour de force! The story of the American homeland as told by those known and meant to tell it: ETHEL. Recorded in a little cabin in upstate New York. Thank you ETHEL for this week of recording, for your incredible talent and the communicative power of your music. -Jesse Lewis
Producers: Nick Tipp, Ted Hearne, Jesse Lewis Engineers: Kyle Pyke, Jesse Lewis Mastering: Carl Saff
The libretto is from Wikileaks. The music is by Ted Hearne. This is journalism. It's opera. It's pop culture. This is IMPORTANT - Thank you Ted for this, a masterpiece of our modern melting pot. - Jesse Lewis
Recorded in the stunning Richardson Auditorium in Princeton, New Jersey. A stunning and under-recognized recording. This is a sound we are incredibly proud of, and are so glad to have been part of this beautiful process with Jennifer and John. - Jesse Lewis
The Latin Project
Boston Cello Quartet
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineers: Tom Caulfield, Jesse Lewis Mastering: Kyle Pyke
What a delight of classical music reimagination. These guys pull of the technically and musically impossible. A reaffirmation that the cello is the most virtuosic and versatile instrument in the world. You have never heard cello like this. Thanks guys. - Jesse Lewis
Third Coast Percussion
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineers: Dan Nichols, Jesse Lewis Mastering: Kyle Pyke
Third Coast Percussion is a quartet of Reich veterans. The familiar Reich intensity and focus with the bleeding heart of this amazing young band of percussion virtuosi. A particular shout-out in this case to the great Dan Nichols for his obsessive approach to engineering that brought a special kind of warmth and sensitivity to the sound. - Jesse Lewis
These are some of the warmest sounds you will hear. Two trumpets, two trombones, making a quartet of total heart and soul. This band may be new on the scene, but I have to say I have never heard such a beautiful, resonant sound in my life as from the four very generous musicians.
Producer: Jesse Lewis
Grammy Categories: - Best Jazz Instrumental Album - Best Engineered (Non-Classical)
The Knights: Azul
The Knights are the most creative and spontaneous orchestra you will ever hear; inspired by their fearless leader, Eric Jacobson, and joined by Yo-Yo Ma for this recording we did down at BRIC of Brooklyn.
The sessions were alive - and literally LIVE in concert for an invited audience. You will hear the vivid performance that took place amid the recording sessions.
The centerpiece, Azul by Osvaldo Golijov, is the masterwork of this disc, and worth giving a deep listen stem to stern.
- Jesse Lewis
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineers: Jesse Brayman and Kyle Pyke Mixing: Jesse Lewis
Grammy Categories: - Best Solo Instrumental Performance - Best Engineered (Classical) - Producer of the Year (Classical) -
Felix Mendelssohn: Sonatas from Childhood, Adolescence, and Adulthood
Abby and YiHeng delighted me one day with the idea of making the ONLY yet recording of Mendelssohn's complete works for fortepiano and violin.
The pure acoustics and aura of this album are totally enlightened by an original Graff we were able to find for the project - pristine condition, and with SUCH a staggeringly beautiful sound.
Period performances really live and breath are hard to come by, but this is as good as it gets. Thanks Abby and YiHeng for your amazing musicianship.
- Jesse Lewis
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineers: Jesse Lewis and Tom Caulfield Mastering: Kyle Pyke
Louis Andriessen: Theatre of the World
The tour de force of operas for the year, this LA Phil production's scope is tremendous: fully staged with live animation and sound, recorded live for this recording.
We have the amazing vibrancy of the live performance shinning here. Your first listen will bring you right into the thick of the cast's powerful conveyance of the fantastical narrative of Athanasius Kircher, and the orchestra's equally expressive, dauntless approach.
- Jesse Lewis
Grammy Categories: - Best Opera Performance - Best Contemporary Classical Composition - Best Engineered (Classical) - Producer of the Year (Classical)
Beethoven Fortepiano and Violin Sonatas, Vol. 3
Producer: Jesse Lewis Engineer: Shauna Barravecchio
Grammy Categories: - Best Engineered (Classical) - Best Small Ensemble Performance
Ryan Young carries his heart on his sleeve, and in the core of his sound. I am honored to have been a part of his first album, and tremendously proud that such an honest and quiet person can write and convey such a mesmerizing aesthetic.
We recorded, after a number of days hunting for the perfect venue, in a beautiful theatre and concert space at the Royal Conservatoire. Thanks to them for their wonderful work.