BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonatas Nos 6 & 9 CD review – light touch and searing focus

Kate Molleson writes … Violinist James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong play together with an easy spark and suppleness that only old friends really can. In the past they’ve done excellent things with Franck, Strauss, Debussy and Elgar; now they turn to Beethoven with the same combination of light touch and searing focus. There’s a […]

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THE GRATEFUL DEAD: The Golden Road (12CD Box Set)

12 CD set with 15 1/2 hours of music, including 7 hours of previously unreleased material. Includes the Dead’s nine Warner Bros. albums, digitally remastered in HDCD for superior quality. Contains a new 2-disc set, Birth of the Dead, featuring rare and previously unreleased recordings from the band’s pre-Warner days. Includes a 100-page book chronicling […]

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Howard Popeck get interviewed by Neil McCauley. Part 2 of 3

Music. What about that? I love the music of J S Bach and that of The Who – and much else besides. Equipment? I think vintage Meridian equipment cannot be over praised and that their modern stuff is technically brilliant but musically soulless for me. It’s just an opinion. I guess I’m as likely to […]

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QUINCY JONES: Prom 49: Quincy Jones Prom

From our archives BBC Prom from the Royal Albert Hall which celebrates the career of composer, arranger, producer, conductor and all-round musical genius Quincy Jones. Jules Buckley and his Metropole Orkest lead the festivities on stage, celebrating Quincy’s compositions, arrangements and productions from a career that has lasted over half a century. The musical and […]

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STAX: SRM-1/MkII driver (normal bias) & Lambda Nova earspeakers?

I have an SRM-1/MkII driver (normal bias) and a pair of Lambda Nova Signature earspeakers (pro bias), all in good working order. The connector on the cord of the earspeakers fits the receptacles on the SRM-1 fine, and when the earspeakers are plugged into the SRM-1 they produce sound ok (though not as good sound […]

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ROUSSEAU: The Harmony Between His Musical Theory and his Philosophy

    John T. Scott writes ….. Rousseau is best known as the author of philosophic works, but he was a musician and musical theorist before he burst onto the European literary scene with his First Discourse. While he earned celebrity as an anti-philosophical philosopher, he continued to consider music as his primary vocation and […]

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VINYL REPLAY: Who needs a MM cartridge type when we have MC?

Dear friends: who really needs an MM type phono cartridge?, well I will try to share/explain with you what are my experiences about and I hope too that many of you could enrich the topic/subject with your own experiences. For some years ( in this forum ) and time to time I posted that the […]

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STAX: Energisers – the essential differences

  Has anyone compared SNR of the Stax SRM-006tII and SRM-007tII to older Stax tube drivers such as the Stax SRM-006t? I want to evaluate 24 bit digital systems using Stax earspeakers and so starting with the quietest Stax drivers will be a good start. I have an older solid state Stax driver and am […]

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