Adaq Khan · Recording Engineer

Classic Sound

Natural balance through trusted classic recording techniques in ultra high resolution.

Considered approach

Measured and meticulous, unobtrusively capturing the best performances.

Refined treatment

Consistently accomplished results from precise, reliable post-production.

Adaq Khan

I trained with Grammy Award winning classical engineer Tony Faulkner, a continuing influence and mentor.

My work includes recordings of massed choirs at the Royal Albert Hall, solo recitals at the Royal Festival Hall, orchestral premieres at the Barbican and chamber music in Oxford and the Czech Republic.

With credits on over 100 CD releases, concert recordings and video soundtracks, accolades include Gramphone Editor's Choice and iTunes Classical No.1 albums.

Features

Contemporary composers, first recordings, world-class musicians and iconic venues:

Music for Youth Proms: Royal Albert Hall
Recording for video
Music for Youth Proms: Royal Albert Hall
Jonathan Powell: Sabaneyev
Solo piano sessions
Jonathan Powell: Sabaneyev
Oxford Philharmonic: Barbican
Orchestral concert recording
Oxford Philharmonic: Barbican
Gentlemen Singers: Czech Republic
Choral recording sessions
Oxford Philharmonic: Barbican
Matteo Cesari & James Erber
First recording
Matteo Cesari & James Erber
Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet
Studio recording
Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet
Music for Youth Proms: Royal Albert Hall
Recording for video

I was back at the iconic Royal Albert Hall recording sound for video, this time for Music for Youth’s Proms. These annual children’s gala concerts showcase the best young musicians from across the country.

The three concerts ran over three days, with performances from over 50 ensembles, spread over two stages. Ranging from a four-piece rock band to a 1,000-strong massed choir, a flexible setup was needed.

I kept my equipment out of the way to avoid ruining video shots, and ran the recording systems from a Grand Tier box.

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· Music for Youth

· Black Swan Film & Video

Jonathan Powell: Sabaneyev
Solo piano sessions

At the Jacqueline du Pré music hall in Oxford, I ran another recording session with pianist Jonathan Powell. This was our fourth time partnering on a disc for Toccata Classics.

Totalling around 35 days of recording together over the years, I’m familiar with Jonathan’s working style and preferred sound, and used a tried-and-tested setup.

Jonathan performed music by Sabaneyev, described as one of the forgotten Russian silver-age composers. A first recording, the disc was reviewed as “recorded in exceptionally clear and vivid sound" by Fanfare Magazine.

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· Toccata Classics

· Jonathan Powell

Oxford Philharmonic: Barbican
Orchestral concert recording

I was asked to record a performance by the Oxford Philharmonic orchestra at London’s Barbican Centre. I enjoy the buzz of live concert recordings and the challenge of navigating different venues.

Knowing the acoustic in the hall is very dry, I already had recording setup in mind, using flown microphones. I used the orchestra’s rehearsal time to make final adjustments, then recorded the evening’s concert.

The piece, Galgenhumouresque by Martyn Harry, was commissioned by the orchestra. The performance was it’s UK premiere.

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· Martyn Harry

· Oxford Philharmonic

Gentlemen Singers: Czech Republic
Choral recording sessions

After a 13 hour drive to the east of the Czech Republic I arrived at Hradec Kralove's Church of St. John. This is the home town, and regular rehearsal venue of the Gentlemen Singers, an eight-piece a cappella men's choir.

The chapel had a much more reverberant acoustic than I had expected; a quick change to my planned microphone choice and technique was required. Throughout five recording sessions spread over three days, I was working once again with producer Andrew King.

Eight outstanding voices in their own right, the Gentlemen Singers came together to make a perfectly integrated sound. It was great to work with such high calibre musicians and to sample a bit of Czech humour.

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· Gentlemen Singers

Matteo Cesari & James Erber
First recording

At All Saints' East Finchley, a favourite for chamber music recording, I had planned a simple microphone setup to capture the natural warmth of the acoustic.

I was working side-by-side with Richard Barrett, producer and a celebrated contemporary composer, while flautist Matteo Cesari traveled from France for each of the three recording sessions. James Erber, a composer of the New Complexity school, joined us in the control room.

Fiendishly difficult, Matteo Cesari performed Erber's composition The 'Traces' Cycle for solo flute with apparent ease and precision.

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· James Erber

· Matteo Cesari

· Convivium Records

Katie Noonan & Brodsky Quartet
Studio recording

Katie Noonan, mezzo-soprano and the Brodsky Quartet came together for a live recording in London. We recorded over two days at Livingston Studios and mixed at Strongroom for a further two. Noonan commissioned the songs from various Australian composers using the words of Judith Wright.

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· Katie Noonan

· Brodsky Quartet


  • "Wonderful performances; luminous and warm recorded sound."

    BBC Music Magazine ★★★★

  • "Recorded in exceptionally clear and vivid sound... all of the parts of this production should be equally commended."

    Scott Noriega, Fanfare Magazine

  • "Excellent performances and recording all round"

    Gramophone Magazine