Recording classical piano music primarily relies on two factors: a good instrument and a good hall. The combination of hall and piano creates a synergistic experience. Having grown up in Germany, I feel very comfortable on Hamburg Steinways, and heard that the Reitstadel in Neumarkt, Germany features an extraordinary instrument in a particularly well suited acoustic environment. Early this year I took a morning to explore the instrument and the hall to see if I would like to record my next album there. I was very pleasantly surprised at what I found; I loved it! Take a look at the process of getting to know an instrument and its surroundings in this video. Enjoy!