Owner of Italy's renowned audiophile label, Fone Records, Ricci is also its chief engineer and producer. He is dedicated to the presentation of early music luminaries such as Pergolesi as well as Romantic composers (Chopin) and 20th century masters such as Scelsi. This 12-song sampler album features mostly classical music from Italy's audiophile label Fone records. It includes performances by the acclaimed violinist Salvatore Accardo, The Chorus of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, New York's Ensemble for Early Music, Anna Maria Castelli, Marco Fornaciari and Charles Rosen.
Notes About the Recording:
One basic feature, which determines the difference between fonè and other record companies, is the recording of performances in their natural spaces, that is in the places where they were originally presented. This leads to a constant search for suitable locations, and the choice of churches, theatres, country mansions, drawing rooms and so on. The recordings are carried out with the utmost simplicity, the only way not to do violence to the music: all the equipment is high fidelity; use is made of valve-type paired microphones manufactured in the years 1947 and 1949 (U47, U48 and M49) with an extremely natural and transparent timbre and a bi-microphonic field effect; these microphones have a very important history: they were used to record the Beatles at the Abbey Road Studio and by the RCA for the "Living Stereo" recordings.