Fairytales

fairytales

Discover Radka Toneff and Steve Dobrogosz’s legendary album – restored and remastered in MQA.

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Fairytales album

A FAIRYTALE STORY

Fairytales is the last ever recording of Radka Toneff and a jazz-infused masterpiece.

The haunting and beautiful album was recorded at the Grieg Hall in Bergen over the course of three days in February 1982. One of the earliest digital recordings, Fairytales was released on vinyl for the Norwegian Jazz Federation’s then newly launched label, Odin.

The recording’s subsequent journey involves many twists and turns, including missing master tapes, forensic listening tests and some painstaking restoration work. Now encoded using MQA technology, the definitive version has been recovered and captured in a special MQA edition.

THE RESTORATION PROCESS

Fairytales was originally recorded on a Telefunken MX-80 tape recorder, which hails from the very earliest period of digital audio recording. Only around 200 of these recorders were ever manufactured, and by the time the missing master tapes resurfaced in Trondheim’s Ringve Music Museum in 2010, the only accessible recorder – also in the Ringve museum – had first to be restored to working order, before the recording could be extracted from the rediscovered tapes.

Over the years, several digital versions have been released, including most recently in 2015. However, expert audio analysis concluded that none of these releases were at the correct pitch. The MQA aim was to recreate the original performance as closely and cleanly as possible, and involved a complex process of restoration work right from the original audio stems, through to the final remastering touches.

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FAIRYTALES ORIGINAL MASTER EDITION IN MQA - AVAILABLE NOW

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