A new sound world: discover the piano music of Komitas

Simon Broughton talks to pianist Lusine Grigoryan about her new Komitas recording on ECM Ask someone to name an Armenian composer and the first name on the list is likely to be Aram Khachaturian, famous for his Gayane and Spartacus ballet scores. But for Armenians, their most treasured composer is Komitas (1869-1935), often described as […]

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New Podcast: Richard Tognetti on Mozart and Jonny Greenwood

The latest release from Richard Tognetti and the Australian Chamber Orchestra features Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, and Water, a new work by composer and member of Radiohead, Jonny Greenwood. For the lastest Gramophone podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford spoke to the conductor and violinist about the album, which is released by ABC Classics on vinyl in Australia, and […]

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HELIUS: Howard Popeck speaks at length to people with interesting things to say: Geoffrey Owen, main-man at Helius Designs

Hello Geoff, and thank you agreeing to be interviewed about social media in our shrinking audiophile world. So …. my first question; what’s your perception of the importance or irrelevance of Facebook in reaching out to potential audiophile buyers? Ah. Hmm. Howard, I suspect that you’re interviewing the wrong person. When I started writing novels […]

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ASTONISHING: Injured violinist spent 10 years playing music in her head

From our extensive music archive on this, our first ever HiFi Answers music day. No equipment post today – just MUSIC all day. I hope you’ll enjoy this. Thank you. Neil / editor The virtuoso Kyung Wha Chung, who lost the use of her finger in 2005, will play her first London concert in a […]

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On recording Beethoven’s piano concertos – a personal diary by Yevgeny Sudbin

The pianist reveals what it was like to play Beethoven with Osmo Vänskä in Minnesota for the first time. A strong feeling of trepidation has always accompanied my arrival in the twin cities of Minnesota. I still remember experiencing it the very first time I was invited to work with the Minnesota Orchestra back in […]

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Video of the day: Kyung Wha Chung – the complete Gramophone interview

Kyung Wha Chung recently joined Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly for a live-streamed conversation. We now present the full, fascinating discussion On Monday evening we broadcast a live-streamed conversation with one of the great violinists of our time, Kyung Wha Chung, on Facebook. It proved to be exceptionally popular, and now you can enjoy the entire […]

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LFD AUDIO: Professor M. J Hawksford (joint founder of LFD): Audio Amplifier Systems, A Compilation

This document is a compilation of technical papers relevant to both analogue and digital audio amplifiers and related systems. Topics include error correction, voltage-controlled amplifiers, current drive, current-to-voltage conversion and PWM. Emphasis is given to circuit techniques that include novel forms of distortion reduction. Audio Amplifier Systems, A Compilation (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312557447_Audio_Amplifier_Systems_A_Compilation […]

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PEGGY SEEGER: Broadcaster featuring Peggy Seeger Folksploitation (Red Grape)

Andy Gill writes ….. There’s a burgeoning Scottish tradition of roots remixing thanks to the pioneering work of the late Martyn Bennett, but it’s rarely done as smoothly as Folksploitation, on which Broadcaster recontextualises old folk performances by Peggy Seeger, with a strong reggae flavour reminiscent of Little Axe’s remixes of blues material. MORE Our […]

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Early Blues Interview Russell “Hitman” Alexander, singer / guitarist / songwriter:

    “For twenty years, The Hitman Blues Band has been rocking the New York area with their searing brand of blues/rock, drawing favourable comparisons to Johnny Winter, Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Sheppard along the way. Led by founding member, guitarist/singer Russell “Hitman” Alexander, the band has made various personnel changes along the way, […]

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Interview / Upper Mississippi Blues Musician Crankshaft:

  From a long while ago …. Alex Larson has been performing under his alias “Crankshaft” for almost four years now. His stylized alter ego is a fascinating extension of his Midwest upbringing, which combines his love for primitive musical forms (blues, punk, surf rock), with his adoration for classic automobiles. Although he has devoted […]

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CHICAGO BLUES: An interview with David Grazian author of Blue Chicago: The Search for Authenticity in Urban Blues Clubs

“Blue Chicago offers a revealing look at an important part of Chicago life. David Grazian spent lots of time in blues clubs all over the city, schmoozing with musicians, bartenders, club owners, and audiences, sometimes even taking the stage himself. What he uncovers is how people involved with the Chicago blues scene define the blues experience […]

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Norman M. Weinberger: Role of musical experience in the human brain.

Music and science may seem to inhabit different universes–one of beauty and emotion, the other of logic and reason. But now, neuroscientists are placing them in the same solar system. Norman M. Weinberger, Ph.D., professor of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California at Irvine, explains how new research is beginning to reveal the […]

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PIONEER: Andrew Jones interview

Stephen Mejias writes: In our September issue, I wrote about Pioneer’s excellent SP-BS22-LR loudspeaker. At just $129.99/pair (and often discounted), the SP-BS22-LR represents extraordinary value and may very well attract a wider and younger audience to true high-fidelity sound. The only thing I don’t really like about the speaker is its tongue-twister of a name. […]

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WELL-TEMPERED: The Bill Firebaugh interview

J. Gordon Holt writes …..  Bill Firebaugh’s first product, the outrageous-looking Well-Tempered (tone) Arm, established him as one of audio’s most innovative designers. At the 1985 Winter CES, he showed a prototype companion product—the Well-Tempered Turntable—and was producing production units by January 1987. He discusses here the WTT’s unusual design features. (Readers should note that, […]

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