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Gustav Hoyer

Chamber Music!
Gustav Hoyer’s Conversations captures the simplicity and elegance of music that paints with splashes of classical color on a modern canvas. The musicians all gave a marvelous performance, but Gustav’s compositions are really the star of the show in Octave’s first album of pure chamber recordings. Souvenirs includes four movements of piano and string quartet, each with the distinct feeling of an epic movie soundtrack. The melodies of Sonatina conjure a whimsical journey using only the piano. Tears brings us back to the fullness of the string quartet and adds the airy sensation of the flute with emotionally moving motifs. Ballade moves us into new territory with a duet of piano and clarinet. We end with Wedding Prayer that fills our listening room with the sound of hope and brilliance of a future waiting. Recorded in pure DSD by our very own Paul McGowan, this is a limited-edition instant classic that should make its way into any good audiophile music collection. Available on SACD and download.
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Gustav Hoyer's Conversations

Gustav Hoyer is an American pianist, composer, and conductor whose genres have been generally classified as classical and orchestral music. Whether composing for ensembles, media, or multi-faceted musical encounters, Hoyer creates musical narratives that resonate with drama, richness, and the contrast of light and dark moments. His recorded music has been heard in film, on radio and in performances worldwide. His compositions on Masters of the New Era: Volume 2, won 1st place for Best Classical Orchestral Album by Just Plain Folksin 2006 as well as being nominated for Best Classical Contemporary Album for his album, From Darkness Into Light in 2008. Hoyer began composing classical music in high school and cites Mozart as a major influence. His music has been featured in such films as Grey Focus and A Night at the Silent Movie Theater as well as being performed by The Budapest Film Orchestra, among others. He is the founder and director of the Los Angeles-based, Orchestra Unleashed, which features a series of multimedia orchestral performances.

01 - a note on parchment
02 - a daguerreotype of a rainy afternoon
03 - a father's wristwatch
04 - a tattered facemask
05 - Sonatina
06 - Tears
07 - Ballade
08 - Wedding Prayer


  • Piano, Benjamin Harding (Souvenirs),
  • Gustav Hoyer (Sonatina, Ballade)
  • Violin I- Julia Taylor
  • Violin II- Joy Yamaguchi
  • Viola- Allyson Stibbards
  • Cello- Sophie Stubbs
  • Flute- Alisa Bruntz
  • Clarinet- Kwami Barnett
  • Recording engineer- Paul McGowan
  • Mixing- Paul McGowan, Gustav Hoyer, Gabriel Hoyer
  • Editing- Gabriel Hoyer
  • Executive producer- Jessica Carson
  • Producers- Gustav Hoyer, Gabriel Hoyer, Paul McGowan, Jessica Carson
  • Mastering engineer- Gus Skinas
  • Cover art- Scott Laumann
  • Digipak design- Emilie Druss
  • Compositions by Gustav Hoyer
  • Recorded and mixed at Octave Studios, Boulder, CO
      Microphones used:
      • Geffels M930
      • Coles 4038
      • Neumann U87
      • Neumann U67
      • AKG C414
      • AKG C24
      • Manley Force Vacuum Tube
      Recording System:
      • Pyramix 14

    Album Features

    • One pressing Austrian gold-pressed dual-layer SACD
    • Pure DSD + PROMastered CD layers
    • Pure DSD recorded on the Pyramix DSD256 system
    • Mixed at Octave Studios on the aspen FR30 loudspeakers
    • DSD64, DSD128, DSD256, DSDDirect Mastered 352.8kHz 24 bit, 176.4kHz 24 bit, 88.2kHz 24 bit, 44.1kHz 24 bit PCM available as downloads
    • No compression in the mastering or mixing process
    • CD layer of SACD playable on any CD player
    • Mastering by Gus Skinas
    • All tracks are hand-mixed on the aspen FR30 loudspeakers
    • Limited edition one-pressing physical media

    Record Reviews

    This is amazing!
    Gorgeously recorded, the more I listen the more I've fallen in love with the music. Bravo, Octave!
    R. Kellog
    Some of the best string sounds ever!
    Beautifully recorded, very natural. The music's great too!