If you Love for Beauty vol. II (2012)


Sasha Cooke

Yehuda Gilad

Producer’s Notes
I used to spend a lot of time at The Metropolitan Opera, but have lived in Los Angeles for the past 25 years so no longer hear opera in New York very often. I am therefore doubly grateful to Peter Gelb for creating “The Met: Live in HD” which broadcasts in movie theaters around the world. Even though mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke has been recognized as a young superstar in concert and opera for many years now, it was as Kitty Oppenheimer in The Met’s 2008 production of John Adams’Doctor Atomic that I first heard her. Half way through her first act aria “Am I In Your Light?” I knew I wanted to work with her. Despite her ferociously busy schedule Sasha responded immediately with a “Yes!” to my suggestion we make her debut album. Since then we had the great pleasure to hear Sasha in Southern California in her debut performances with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Sasha won her first GRAMMY. Award for Sony’s DVD release of Doctor Atomic from The Met.

Bob Attiyeh

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The Colburn Orchestra

Celebrating its tenth anniversary season in 2012-2013, the COLBURN ORCHESTRA is the flagship ensemble of the Colburn Conservatory of Music. Under the direction of Music Director and Conductor Yehuda Gilad, the Colburn Orchestra performs for Southern California audiences at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall, Ambassador Auditorium, Royce Hall, Segerstrom Concert Hall and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge.

Since its inception, Gilad and the esteemed faculty at Colburn have invited leading guest artists to perform with the Colburn Orchestra to mirror a professional orchestral experience. Previous visiting conductors include James Conlon, Jamie Laredo, Sir Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Nicolas McGegan, and Esa-Pekka Salonen, among others. Guest soloists include violinists Joshua Bell, Cho-Liang Lin, Elmar Oliveira and Pinchas Zukerman (play/conduct); soprano Elizabeth Hynes; mezzo-sopranos Sasha Cooke and Michelle DeYoung; pianist Vladimir Feltsman and saxophonist Claude Delangle. Esteemed artists such as Mstislav Rostropovich and Itzhak Perlman actively worked with the orchestra during its inaugural year.


Sasha Cooke

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross praised Sasha Cooke in Doctor Atomic at The Met for her “fresh, vital portrayal, bringing a luminous tone, a generously supported musical line, a keen sense of verbal nuance, and a flair for seduction.” She then made her European debut singing Kitty Oppenheimer in Doctor Atomic at English National Opera. In addition to her successes in the standard operatic and concert repertoire, Sasha has premiered works by Jack Beeson, William Bolcom, John Corigliano, Luigi Dallapiccola, John Musto and Augusta Read Thomas, among others. Sasha includes music by American composers in every recital program and next year celebrates some of her favorites on the opera stage as well. Next season Sasha performs Showboat at Houston Grand Opera, The Aspern Papers at Dallas Opera and the title role in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s The Gospel of Mary Magdalene at San Francisco Opera. Sasha has performed with the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Houston, Kansas City, Lyon, Los Angeles, Dallas, Cleveland, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, Denver, Aspen, San Diego, Baltimore and Hong Kong as well as the New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Conductors include Marin Alsop, Ji?í B?lohlávek, Alan Gilbert, Bernard Haitink, Manfred Honeck, Jeffrey Kahane, James Levine, Robert Spano, Leonard Slatkin, Pinchas Steinberg, Michael Stern, Michael Tilson Thomas, Edo de Waart and Jaap van Zweden.

Yehuda Gilad

Maestro Yehuda Gilad’s appearances on the podium have garnered critical acclaim in the United States, Asia and Europe, where he has conducted throughout Spain, Sweden, Germany, Finland, and France. Yehuda especially appreciates Sergiu Celibidache and Leonard Bernstein, who worked often with Yehuda and generously shared their immense musical gifts. In 1987 he became the first Israeli born conductor to perform in China and has since conducted often in Beijing and Shanghai. Additionally Yehuda served as Music Director for the Colonial Symphony of New Jersey from 1988 to 2003. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with many leading musicians including Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Sarah Chang, Ann Marie McDermott, Pepe Romero, Joseph Kalichstein, Michelle DeYoung, Vladimir Feltsman, Misha Dichter, Jeannine Altmeyer and now Sasha Cooke. Yehuda serves not only as Music Director of The Colburn Orchestra, but he also teaches and runs the clarinet department at Colburn Conservatory. As a clarinetist and chamber musician, Yehuda presents master classes at Curtis, Kings College in Sweden, the Winter Festival in Spain, Toronto’s Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Mannes College, the Manhattan School of Music, and Juilliard among others. Yehuda also serves as Professor of Music at the Thornton School at USC. Yehuda moved to the United States in 1975 and continued his studies with Giora Feidman, Mitchell Lurie, and Herbert Zipper, who served as Yehuda’s principal conducting teacher. Yehuda performs regularly, and enjoys participating in many of the top music festivals across the country, including the Marlboro Music Festival and Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West. He also founded the Yoav Chamber Ensemble, which performed at Carnegie’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, and the Colburn Woodwind Chamber Players, which toured Germany, China and the United States. Yehuda has also played a major role in the founding of several notable music festivals. From 1982 to 1993 he directed the Malibu Strawberry Creek Music Festival, hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “a summer festival in which inspired, enthusiastic performance and intelligent varied programming are the norm.”
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If you Love for Beauty vol. II (2012)


Sasha Cooke

    The Absolute Sound

The album If You Love for Beauty Volume II, with Chausson's "Poeme de l'Amour et de la Mer" sung by mezzo-soprano Sasha [Cooke] with the Colburn Orchestra conducted by Yehunda Gilad is a newish DSD256 recording on Yarlung Records at NativeDSD.com. Played through Roon on a very modest desktop system ...sounded extremely rich, even lush ...the music was ravishingly beautiful - as were the DSD64 and DSD128 music files I played.

Vade Forrester[read full review]

    The Phoenix

"has a thrilling, dramatic voice that matches the color of her luxuriant dark red hair, and the empathetic ability to live inside these poems and articulate their variegated emotional shadings"

Lloyd Schwartz

    The New York Times

"sung with aching, wistful intensity”

Anthony Tommasini

    The New Yorker

"gifted young mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, as Kitty Oppenheimer, was able to create a fresh, vital portrayal, bringing a luminous tone, a generously supported musical line, a keen sense of verbal nuance, and a flair for seduction"

Alex Ross

    The New York Times

"combining as she did the outward purity of a Renaissance angel and a voice of powerful sensual warmth and excellent musicality" The New York Times

Anne Midgette

If you Love for Beauty vol. II (2012)


Sasha Cooke

Mastering Engineer:

Steve Hoffman, Bob Attiyeh
Yarlung recorded this album directly to two tracks of RMGI 468 analog tape running at 15 ips, with no mixer.  We used the Hapi converter and Pyramix software from Merging Technologies in Switzerland to make these transfers to DSD    


We “cheated” for this recording, using two coincident Neumann U-47s for 95% of the sound from Sasha and the orchestra and two AKG C-12s for a small amount of reinforcement for the percussion and winds. Both Neumann and AKG microphones were provided by our friend Jon Fisher at Gearworks Pro Audio. We used Messenger microphone preamplifiers made and customized by Elliot Midwood. Elliot’s tube power supplies alone are heavy enough to double as ballast in an ocean liner. We summed into two tracks as usual, without using a mixing board, and went direct to tape, with analog record electronics made by Len Horowitz. Recording “live to tape” challenges the musicians to think and perform in long musical arcs rather than focusing on the perfection of details in individual measures.

Producer: Bob Attiyeh
Recording Engineer: Bob Attiyeh, Jacob Horowitz
Recording location: Zipper Hall, The colburn School
Recording Type & Bit Rate: Analog to DSD256

This album was recorded to Analog tape. It was then transferred to the DSD bit rate indicated above.

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