Stephen Layton / Trinity College Choir, Cambridge Bach: Mass in B minor Stephen Layton / Trinity College Choir, Cambridge Bach: Mass in B minor – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The Bach Mass in B minor, BWV 232, assembled from bits and pieces over some years, coheres in its final form in ways that perhaps only the composer understood. This recording by the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under Stephen Layton has been road-tested in performances around Britain […]

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John Wilson / BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Copland: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 – Symphonies – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

The Chandos label’s cycle of Aaron Copland’s orchestral works is timely and valuable, reminding listeners of where so much contemporary concert music came from (and not only in the U.S.), and bringing neglected works to light. There’s an especially nice example on this third volume by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra under John Wilson: Statements, which […]

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PS AUDIO “I believe the basic problem is the loudspeaker itself and less so the electronic chain and microphones used to pickup the music.”

Paul McGowan writes: You are walking down the street perfectly happy after a good lunch or so, when suddenly from nowhere you hear music. It could be a sound two blocks away, poor acoustics, noisy background etc. Maybe it’s a street musician, but the thing is that your brain can detect this as live music […]

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Learning Lennon: Guitar Master Bill Frisell

Originally published December 2011 Robert Baird writes ….. For the musically prolific, releasing too many records too close together can be problematic or worse. Just because you can make a record every week in your home studio doesn’t mean you should. The impulse to commit every golden thought and performance to tape without self-editing or […]

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Philip Dukes / James Gilchrist / Anna Tilbrook Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel – Songs and Chamber Works – AllMusic Review by James Manheim

This Vaughan Williams recital makes an unusually satisfying impression, and it may not be immediately clear why. There’s quite a bit of unfamiliar material, some of it in unusual versions for which there was no pressing need. But the whole thing hangs together, creates a mood of intimacy, and draws you into the composer’s world. […]

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Elton, whose real name is Reggie, and I spent a good hour enjoying lunch together in a Munich Cafe in 1972. I found him to be a sensitive, intelligent, warm-hearted man

In 1972 Elton John and Bernie Taupin released the song Rocket Man on John’s 1972 album Honky Château. The track became a hit single, rising to No. 2 in the UK and No. 6 in the US. The world premiere for Rocket Man was played on Armed Forces Network on my radio program called Underground. I […]

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Jimi Hendrix Both Sides of the Sky – AllMusic Review by Sean Westergaard

Both Sides of the Sky is another collection of high-quality studio recordings, dating from 1968-1970. It might surprise some that, 45-plus years after his death, there’s still good material that hasn’t been previously released, but Hendrix was recording nearly all the time at this point, whether they were demos done in his apartment, late-night jamming […]

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Low inductance, low capacitance and moderate impedance speaker cables?

Hi Guys, Roger Sanders of Sanders Sound Systems Ltd sells purpose made coaxial design speaker cables for Electrostatic speakers. They are made to be low inductance, low capacitance, and moderate impedance cables. As I cannot afford his $600 per pair asking price, does anyone know of any other cables (as cheap as possible) that fulfill […]

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SOLEDAD BROTHERS: Human Race Blues (Vinyl 7″) by Soledad Brothers

What do the Soledad Brothers sound like in 2015, navigating a crazy hazy post-apocalyptic netherworld of the United States? Updated and improved in all the right ways without compromising anything. Don’t you kinda hate it and kinda love it when a band takes a break, and then comes back better than ever? That’s exactly what […]

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FIDELITY RESEARCH TONEARMS: Overrated nostalgia or … timeless classics?

I’m trying to get a handle on what’s up with these arms. It seems there isn’t alot of info available outside of the most desireable FR-64 and -66 series, though the FR-14s seem to command a bit higher prices. From what I can find: The -24, -34, -54 and -64 were contemporaries, with the -34 […]

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STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN: Live in Texas ’87

They tell us…. Majestic Theater, San Antonio, TX February 1st, 1987 Having finally conquered his addiction to alcohol and cocaine, in November 1986 Stevie Ray Vaughan embarked on his legendary Live Alive tour, generally reckoned to boast some of the finest performances of his career. Backed by Reese Wynans (keyboards), Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris […]

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