09 April 2018
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MQA: White Gloves and Fairytales

London, 9 April 2018: The original recording of Fairytales, a legendary musical collaboration between singer Radka Toneff and pianist Steve Dobrogosz, has been meticulously restored from the master tapes using MQA technology, in a ‘white glove’ project spanning three years. The definitive MQA version of this landmark album was released globally on 6 April 2018.
Radka, of Norwegian and Bulgarian parentage, established herself as a singer and band leader in Norway and the surrounding countries during the 1970s. Steve, born and raised in North Carolina and a classically trained pianist, had moved to Stockholm in 1978 and was making a name for himself as part of Scandinavia’s jazz scene, when he took over as the pianist in Radka’s quartet in 1979.

The Fairytales collection of duets, which Radka and Steve went on to record in 1982, remains Norway’s best-selling jazz album, and was also voted Norway’s best album of all time in a poll of Norwegian musicians in 2011. The ten songs are all in English, seven of them cover versions and three original melodies – Wasted, Mystery Man and I Read My Sentence – which were composed to the lyrics of American poets Fran Landesman and Emily Dickinson.

Bob Stuart, MQA Founder & CTO, who was closely involved in the restoration project, stated, “Fairytales occupies a special place in the history of Norwegian recorded music and, decades after its original release, still has cult status among musicians and music fans.  Our goal was to use MQA technology to restore the original sound, without changing any of the musicality of these sparse yet beautiful arrangements.  I’m proud of what we achieved and hope it results in the Fairytales album reaching an even wider audience.”

Andreas Risanger Meland, Grappa Label Manager, added, “This new ‘Original Master Edition – MQA’ of Fairytales has been made with a profound respect for the magic caught on the original master tapes.”

Now available globally to stream and download, as well as on CD and vinyl. For more information visit MQA White Glove.

Streaming: TIDAL HiFi
Download: Klicktrack Music Store
CD: Grappa & also available worldwide on Amazon

MQA White Glove - Fairytales

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