Vrijdag 20 oktober van 12.00 – 17.00 uur
Zaterdag 21 oktober van 10.00 – 16.00 uur

RHAPSODY introduceert:Rhapsody Analog recordings

Rhapsody Analog Recordings of kortweg: RAR. Een platenlabel dat enkel en alleen analoog opneemt. Het is een samenwerking van Michael van Polen, Frans de Rond en Harry van Dalen gebaseerd op hun gemeenschappelijke passie voor geluid, klank en muziek.
20 en 21 oktober lanceren we dit label met de release van de eerste twee albums*, die als plaat en tape verschijnen. Het zijn live-to-two-track-recordings die het moment dat muziek gemaakt wordt, direct en puur vastlegt.

We willen graag met jullie deze introductie luister bijzetten. Je bent van harte welkom op de Borneolaan in Hilversum. Ons pand zal bruisen met allerlei analoge zaken. En een bijzondere high-end installatie die dat mooie en eerlijke analoge geluid perfect tot z’n recht laten komen.

Qua High-End hebben we dit weekend bijzondere apparatuur staan, waaronder de primeur van de geïntegreerde versterker Soulution 330 (deze gaat circa € 18.000 kosten).

Daarnaast introduceren we de Zellaton Legacy luid-sprekers uit Duitsland.

Als klap op de vuurpijl hebben we de meest geavanceerde buizen-versterker staan. Deze Alieno levert 250 watt aan classe A over 300 B-buis zonder uitgangstrafo. Een revolutionair ontwerp op eenzame hoogte.

En we hebben de Sennheiser H1 in huis. De beste hoofd-telefoon ooit.

Natuurlijk hebben we nog meer verrassingen in petto. Het worden twee bijzondere Rhapsody-dagen vol met audiofiel muziekplezier. Wees welkom!

*Het eerste RAR-album is van pianiste Atzko Kohashi en vocaliste Denise Jannah.
Live opgenomen in de luisterruimte van de Rhapsody-thuisbasis.

*Het tweede album is van Carmen Gomes Inc. en is opgenomen in MCO Studio 2 en een ode aan Harry Belafonte.




Our dear friend Harry Bouwman keeps our Studers up and running superior ! 
He’s chancing some bearings and brings it back to spec.
What a great guy !

See the gallery fore some more pictures of the inside of the A80

There is a new recording coming up this thursday 26 january 2017 at MCO Studio’s Hilversum.

It is a piece from -Fons Brouwer- called “Tempera”
This piece is gonna be performed by Navarra String Quartet.

More info. after the recording.

-NEWS-  Today: Januari 28 2019 we will finish the recording and will be available in a digital format soon.

Navarra String Quartet


Recorded Live at MCO Hilversum on Sunday November 13 2016

Harry came up with an idea to cover the album ‘Harry Belafonte Sings The Blues’. Frans took the idea to Carmen Gomes Inc. And they started rehersing and playing the album live for a few times. On the 12 and 13th of november we came together to record the album live on tape

The members are fresh and ready for the concert. The warm vocals of Carmen is hitting the tape and there she goes gluing into the bass who’s carying the band, the sometimes dynamic bassdrum opens up the vains that give us the thrills of a ‘yeah!‘ and then the great guitar playing of Folker he’s screamin blues all over us , what a great band coming alive and on tape it is just overwhelming.

Recorded Live at MCO Hilversum on Saturday december 19 2015

Sanne Rambags (vocals), Bram Stadhouders (guitar) and Joost Lijbaart (drums), The young singer Sanne Rambags is central to this adventurous trio. Two big names form a beautiful trio together with the fragile voice of Sanne, where openness and tranquility play an important role.

The first notes of Bram.. we were equally caught up in the adventure ! “The Pat Metheny-like” sound that Bram can create was an instant recognition for many, but Sanne .. .. so pure, so crystal clear, so catchy, the tears rolled off the cheeks .. we were deepley touched ! Joost percusieve guidance gave such a beautiful experience that a movie appeared   in front of you .. We are so happy we recored this trio on tape, the liveness is still there! Everyone was naturally very curious about the result so we have played a number of tracks and mouths fell open !! We are very proud that we can do these kind of recordings and that you believe in us that gives us the drive to do even more! Fresh ideas, knowledge and especially fun makes it all more than worth!
The concert was once again very successful !!


Recorded Live at MCO Hilversum on Friday december 18 2015

In 2006 an unusual duo was formed: drummer Joost Lijbaart and pianist Wolfert Brederode. They worked together
previously with Swiss singer 
Susanne Abbuehl and in several ballet projects.

The performance of Joost and Wolfert is unbelievable ! It turned out to be one of the most great recordings we ever did! Their ability to combine their instruments and produce a sound as if it were ‘one’ instrument, turned out so well, they decided to start this duo. There is so much silence and beautiness in the songs that can transcend you directly to a materialless space.. We and the mucisions are amazed how well it stand’s out on tape. “Woww it sound’s so good… unbelievable”

Recorded Live at Rhapsody on Sunday July 26 2015

Despite a knee replacement Denise still decided to sing for us. Atzko started playing some nice melodic chords from the song ‘Day Break‘ Denice voice.. wows! so beautiful.. so intense.. The goose bumps start’s growing all over the place! These lady’s are music.. you can hear that they live it all the time, so much music, love and tears were falling that day,
it’s overwhelming. The funny thing about analogue tape is that after 30 minutes of performing the tape must be
replaced for a new one, so there were some funny moments to keep the musicians and audience awake:) The song ‘A
Time for Love
‘ resulting in tears for Denise, some deep feelings rice to the surface, where my niece (Chelsea) gave her a big hug to comfort her. Afterwords we played back the tape and we, Denise and Atzko were amazingly happy with the results!

Recorded Live at Rhapsody on Saturday July 25 2015

Atzko began improvising on Blue in Green‘ .. Sebastiaan start touching the snare and ride very soft and creating a nice ambience of mystical sounds, every fine detail and dynamic is visible on tape filled with organic energy. Atzko’s harmonic way of piano playing brings a smile on your face and what a musical woman she is.. She paints her way trough the music while Sebastiaan makes it all visible.