#85 – Mishima by Philip Glass and Maki Namekawa

I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to pick a classical album.  The first job I had in pro audio was working for some classical recording engineers in Boston while I was in college.  I literally fell into the opportunity when I sat next to the right person at a wedding that I hadn’t technically been invited to.  My cousin’s boyfriend is the director of the Newport Music Festival in Rhode Island and he offered to introduce me to his audio guys.  Tom Stephenson and Jim Donahue turned out to be really great people who taught me some extremely useful lessons that have served me well over the years.  It also didn’t hurt that they had all of the finest high-end equipment for me to learn on.  The projects that I worked on with them set benchmarks of quality that I have judged everything in my career against and most of it doesn’t stack up well.  I also was able to work with – and drink with – world-class classical musicians that have performed in the finest concert halls all over the world.  Fun and memorable experiences all.

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