Intonation is the mechanism which allows communication, expression, and artistry. Accurate intonation preserves the basic meaning of the musical experience. Intonation empowers timing, timbre, and rhythm. The slightest adjustment to a pitch can enhance the effect and purpose of a musical statement. Lowering or raising a pitch can alter the mood, color, and harmony. Each note needs to be handled with the utmost care. With the human ear, a note can be adjusted while preserving the natural musicality of the recording. As professional musicians ourselves, you can trust our ears. Even if we have different definitions of what “in tune” means, we will learn and match your individual perception of intonation. We have been conservatory trained to use the pythagorean, just, expressive, equal, well, and mean tone intonations and temperaments.
For non-Western scales and historical temperaments
(we have tons of experience working in both!)
we take extra care to keep the
authentic sound of the performance, and work together
with you so that the intended scale or temperament,
however esoteric, is maintained!
When it's louder, it's also fuller, crisper and more beautiful, but extra loudness also can produce a constrained, claustrophobic sound. We keep the best and leave the rest--bring up the detail we want, leave the muck we don't, and maybe only a little... just enough, or maybe a lot. We give it what it needs -- no more, and certainly no less.
Classical music is our love and a specialty. We all began in classical music and value real dynamics, real space and clarity beyond measure. We keep all of what's good and bring it to life - more detail, maintaining dynamic range and realism of the space with altogether a fuller more generous sound.