Dal Segno Records is an independent record label presenting classical recordings of the finest quality
The Dal Segno catalogue launched in 2003, focusing primarily on the preserved original piano roll recordings by some of the most celebrated composers from the Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras at the keyboard. This piano roll collection features artists Debussy, Gershwin, Ravel, Paderewski, Hess, Mahler, Bartok and many more. Thanks to this piano roll recording method we can hear composers such as Debussy and Saint-Saëns playing the piano in perfect sound, nearly 100 years later!
Over the last few years, the Dal-Segno collection of CDs has grown rapidly and in 2008 saw the signing of sensational piainst, Wu Qian whose debut album reached great critical acclaim. The catalogue now features a selection of recordings from the 1980s, originally released by Denon which presents artists such as Andras Schiff, Jacques Rouvier and Herbert Blomstedt among others.
“Imagine you could be spirited back to 1910 to the Paris apoartment in the Avenue du Bois de Boulogne where Debussy is playing over his first set of Preludes to a rapt audience of intimate friends. Or to the jazz age party in New York where Gershwin is jamming on tunes from his latest Broadway hit. If you close your eyes and let your imagination free, this is now possible with the aid of the recordings of the piano rolls from ‘The Condon Collection’." (BBC Music Magazine)
The original roll recordings were made between 1904 and 1935 for Ampico, Duo-Art and Welte Mignon who were manufacturers of the reproducing piano. The recordings in the ‘Masters of the Piano Roll’ series were made by a ‘push up’ device that can transcribe and ‘play’ the Piano Rolls onto any modern day piano thus enabling the performances of Debussy and Mahler in full digital sound, now made available on Dal Segno Records.