4. Phonograph Sessions Revealed: Using Early Recording Technologies in Practice-Led Research (Guildhall School of Music and Drama)

The AHRC funded Early Recordings Research Network (www.early-recordings.com) is pleased to announce its 4th Symposium “Phonograph Sessions Revealed: using early recording technologies in practice-led research”. Organised by Eva Moreda Rodriguez (University of Glasgow, PI), Inja Stanović (City, University of London, Co-I) and Kate Bennett Wadsworth (steering committee member, Guildhall School of Music), the symposium takes place on the 30th of September 2022, at the Guildhall School of Music (Room 148, from 9:45 to 18:00). A series of live recording sessions featuring a wide range of musicians, will be conducted using early 20th century phonographs and wax cylinders. This is a rare opportunity to observe live recording sessions using mechanical recording technologies.

Performing musicians include: Job ter Haar (cello), Hilary Metzger (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (piano), Krzysztof Potocznik (piano), Ana-Maria Rincon (singing), Joanna Staruch Smolec (violin), and Inja Stanović (piano). The acoustic recording engineer is Duncan Miller. At the end of the day, performers and members of the audience will gather in small groups, and then a plenary, to discuss how these first-hand experiences with phonograph recording might animate written, visual and aural historical evidence, allowing us to ask and answer new questions about nineteenth-century performance practices and how they were captured on early recording supports.

The symposium will also include the launch of David Milsom’s and Inja Stanović’s new album, Austro-German Revivals: (Re)constructing Acoustic Recordings. The repertoire, based on the Brahmsian school, was recorded using 10-inch wax discs and period instruments as a part of Stanovic’s Leverhulme research project (Re)constructing Early Recordings. The album, which contains digital transfers of the 12 wax records, explores both historic performance and recording practices of the era, specifically questioning what it meant to record on wax and how such recordings were produced.

Spaces are limited, so please e-mail Eva.MoredaRodriguez@glasgow.ac.uk if you would like to attend and participate in the discussions (refreshments and lunch are provided).

The event will not be streamed, but it will be recorded. Videos will be accessible via the Early Recordings Research NetworkYouTube channel.

9:45 – 10:00 – Introduction 

10:00 – 11:00 – Session 1

Neal Peres Da Costa (piano) – L. van Beethoven: Ecossaise in E flat

Krzysztof Potocznik (piano) – F. Chopin: Mazurka Op. 24 No. 2

Inja Stanović (piano) – D. Scarlatti: Sonata K. 14

11:00 – 11:10 – Break/set-up

11:10 – 12:30 – Session 2

Ana-Maria Rincon (soprano) and Neal Peres Da Costa (piano) – J. Haydn: Mermaid’s Song

Joanna Staruch-Smolec (violin) and Krzysztof Potocznik (piano) – H. Robie/G. Rice: Dear Old Pal of Mine

Jeroen Billiet (horn) and Inja Stanović (piano) – C. Gounod: Mélodie N°1 from ’6 Mélodies pour le cor à pistons

Joanna Staruch-Smolec (violin) and David Milsom (violin) – L. Spohr: Violin duo Op. 67 No. 2

12:30 – 14:00 – Album launch and lunch

14:00 – 14:50 – Session 3

Ana-Maria Rincon (soprano) and Hilary Metzger (cello) – G. Handel: Figlio d’alte speranza

Hilary Metzger (cello), Ana-Maria Rincon (soprano) and Neal Peres Da Costa (piano) – G. Lucantoni: Ave Maria

14:50 – 15:00 – Break/Set-up

15:00 – 16:00 – Session 4

Job ter Haar (cello) and Inja Stanović (piano) – R. Wagner: Morgenstern; J. Massenet: Élégie

Joanna Staruch Smolec (violin), Job ter Haar (cello), Neal Peres Da Costa (piano) and Inja Stanović (piano) – J. Brahms: Hungarian Dance No. 1

16:00 – 16:15 – Break

16:15 – 18:15 – Round table discussion (small groups first, followed by plenary)

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