Morten Lindberg (left) and Hans Peter L’Orange in the mastering suite at Lindberg Lyd’s studio in Oslo, Norway. (Photo credit: Mark Cabot)
Immortal Nystedt , a Super Audio CD (SACD) released in 2005 that commemorates the 90th birthday of respected Norwegian classical composer Knut Nystedt, has been nominated for Grammy Awards in the Best Surround Sound Album and Best Choral Performance categories. It is the first Norwegian recording to be nominated in more than one category at the Grammy Awards.
Immortal Nystedt features a series of unaccompanied Nystedt choral works sung mostly by the Ensemble 96 choir (with guest appearances by the Bærum Vokalensemble) led by conductor Øystein Fevang. It is one of several classical SACDs that were recorded in true surround by producer Morten Lindberg for his 2L label and production company Lindberg Lyd, using an array of DPA microphones set up for surround recording. The contents of the dual-layer stereo and surround disc were edited and mastered on Merging Technologies’ Pyramix DAW with Millennia Media preamps and Merging Sphynx2 A/D converters.
Lindberg and chief engineer Hans Peter L’Orange recorded Immortal Nystedt at 24-bit/48kHz. “Immortal Nystedt was recorded before Merging released their Version 5 software with its improved SACD and DXD support,” L’Orange says. “The Sphynx2 and Pyramix really bring out the best in whatever source we are recording.”
”Two Grammy nominations are hardly what you expect when you’re running a small record label in a small country,” Lindberg adds. “But it serves to prove that even small labels have a chance. It is a great honor to be nominated in the company of such fine colleagues.”
Grammy winners will be announced at the 49th annual awards ceremony in Hollywood on February 11.
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