GREIG: Ivana Gavrić talks about recording the music of Grieg

  Martin Cullingford (Gramophone Magazine) writes as follows: The British pianist introduces her Editor’s Choice recording. ‘Everything glows with affection; and in the Lyric Pieces she casts a delectable impressionistic haze over pages which show Grieg at his most intimate and confiding’ – thus wrote critic Bryce Morrison in the March issue of Gramophone of […]

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We asked our readers, ‘what classical recording are you most proud to own?’ These are the fascinating results…

They report: We know that we have a passionate and knowledgeable community of readers and followers on Facebook and Twitter, but even so we were delighted with the response we received last week when we asked the question ‘what classical recording are you most proud to own?’ Listed below are the most popular responses we […]

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Transmission Impossible (3CD) by The Velvet Underground

We are told: This 3 x CD Collection brings together a set of rare recordings by the Velvets, 50 plus years (for most) after they were first made and which will complete collections worldwide for the millions of fans still flying the flag for this strange collective. Everything about The Velvet Underground was astonishing. Take […]

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Roberts RT100 / Roberts turns its attention from radios to a record player…

What hi-Fi report: We are impressed by how well the RT100 has been engineered: the main bearing is snug, there’s little give to the tonearm and, a pleasant surprise for an entry-level deck, Roberts has gone to the trouble of decoupling the motor. The RT100 is also semi-automatic, the platter beginning to spin as soon […]

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The Soul Crusaders (2CD) by Bruce Springsteen

We are told: CLASSIC 1977 BROADCAST FROM TORONTO At 3 a.m. on 28th May 1977, after ten months of legal battles, and nearly two years after Born to Run had catapulted him to national celebrity, Bruce Springsteen and his former manager, Mike Appel, settled their differences and parted ways forever. The move finally enabled Springsteen […]

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Jazz: Dave Siebels (B-3) with Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – PBGL Portland Jazz Orchestra – Good Morning, Geek (Music of Charley Gray) – PJO. “A pair of big band albums to please any fan of the genre.”

Don’t despair, big band fans, there are still some great big bands to be had on CD and here are two of them. I know many big band fans are also B-3 Hammond fans, so the first one should appeal to them. It is the latest from the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning Big Phat Band […]

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A Lone Star State Of Mind (CD) by Johnny Cash

We are told: CLASSIC 1994 BROADCAST, LIVE FROM MUSIC CITY USA In April of 1994, Johnny Cash released American Recordings, his first collaboration with Rick Rubin, who would serve as Cash’s producer until his 2005 death. Under Rubin’s stewardship, Cash would reinvent himself for the final time, and later cover, among others, Soundgarden’s ‘Rusty Cage’, […]

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Speaker headroom

Paul McGowan We’re pretty comfortable with the idea of headroom. More food on the table than needed, more horsepower than required, more amplifier wattage than necessary. But, what about speaker headroom? The one characteristic of music’s reproduction that stands out for me in speakers is a slight compression when the music gets loud. I hear it […]

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Andrew Scheps, “Lost in Translation: Audio Quality in Streaming Media”

Lost In Translation with Andrew Scheps provides an engaging, revelatory and humorous presentation of current audio format comparisons. The demonstration showcases the auditory differences of master recordings played back in different formats such as vinyl, CD, MP3, AAC and online streaming models. Scheps (http://www.uaudio.com/blog/artist-int…) has engineered and mixed for some of the biggest acts in […]

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Recommendations for Sibelius Symphonies

This very useful thread starts as follows: “Looking for recommendations for the whole series or individual symphony recordings. I have the Lahti cycle but it’s too cold for me to want to listen to it often. I adore the HVK disc with Finlandia & Pelleas on it (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Smetana-Sibe…/dp/B000001GO2), so perhaps the Karajan cycle? Or there’s […]

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Jonathan Gee Trio: Chez Auguste CD review by Tony Andrews

Tony Andrews, our contributing editor (jazz) writes: I firmly believe that UK jazz fans are getting more and more paranoid about musicians from anywhere other than the UK; that in some way, they are better musically or more inventive. This is especially so with musicians from The US where Jazz is thought to have been […]

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SCHITT: Yes, of course – but which one?

Considering a new can-amp for the main system I really fancy the Schiit Valhalla 2 Now Schiit say the Valhalla 2 is suitable for Grado’s which mostly seem to be 32ohms across their ranges, they also say suitable for AKG’s too + I’ve heard that K701’s were also used in the Valhalla 2’s development* (*These […]

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TRACY CHAPMAN: Greatest Hits (CD) by Tracy Chapman

For the first time, this new collection brings together classic tracks from Chapman’s celebrated career that now spans four decades and includes eight best-selling studio albums.  Compiled by Chapman herself, the featured songs have also been newly remastered.  Since her eponymous debut in 1988, Chapman has captivated audiences around the globe with her pure voice, […]

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STRAWBS: Live In Gettysburg (CD + DVD Digipack)

  We are told ….. 2016 was a major turning point for STRAWBS. Prestigious ROLLING STONE magazine listed the band’s ‘Hero and Heroine’ as “one of the 50 greatest prog rock albums of all time”. STRAWBS headlined RoSFest (The Rites of Spring Festival) – North America’s Premier International Progressive Rock Festival – in Gettysburg, the […]

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