Some singers have their own unique “tone”, which reflects their “style” when singing. This uniqueness will make us remember his/her specialty.
This old vintage CD Audio, produced around 2001, shows the wonderful soprano named Cui Yan Guang. She comes from Dalian, China and getting famous on the USA, HK, and Japan for Opera and Orchestra singer. You will understand when you hear her voice on this album.
She sang “vintage” (or I should say, “oldies”) songs. Perhaps at the age of Teresa Teng (邓丽君). But it’s a little bit different sensation to hear Teresa’s songs sung in an “Orchestral” way.
The CD inside. Just a standard CD, nothing really special. Recorded by King Record Co., Ltd. Japan. Labeled as SFR or Super Frequency Recording.
The back cover, also nothing special. But I’ve searched over “half the world” to get this CD. As I’ve told you, this CD was released on 2001, or around 8 years ago.
The overall quality of this old CD is excellent. Superb naturality – that’s the first phrase hanging on my head when hearing this CD for the first time.
It emphasized on the Cui’s soprano. You will not hear extra “cling” or “bling” for the instruments, but only the soprano – the superb soprano. I think all the songs sung in very emotional and involving way. As I have underlined, no extra “cling” or “bling” for the instrument, but it just there – just right there. No extra boost on the low or high tones. No extra special or unique instrument. So this CD really highlights Cui’s soprano. That’s it.
Overall, this CD is different than most Chinese CD Audio which usually highlights the “cling” and “bling” instruments sensation and “thin-pop” teenage female voice. This just like going back to 80’s, you are watching old classic opera, vintage-sepia background, but in excellent recording quality.
I’m not done yet. The SFR (Super Frequency Recording) label and Cui’s soprano do tingle me a little bit. I grab the CD-Audio and check the frequency with WaveLab. Below is the Cui’s soprano when singing. Well, not really high to reach “ear-piercing” frequency, so her voice is quite enjoyable and still comforitable for most tweeter without giving excessive force.
About the SFR, I think this symbol is not just a label. King Record does prove their words, the recording reaches the maximum available frequency. You can see below, the tone up to 20+ kHz are there. I think for a 2001 filter technology, they deserve an applause. Some are too lazy and cut the frequency too many before it reaches 20 kHz – but not on this recording.