A glimpse into the dark side of hi-fi forums / fora #01

Guest contributor Michael Vronsky writes: This is the first of an occasional series shining a light on some of the more unpalatable facets of some (predominantly, but not exclusively) UK-based hi-fi forums / fora. Both covert and overt homophobia, obscene language, anti-semitism ridicule of opinions, bullying, fanatical brand-loyalty, brand denigration and ridicule and more. Fortunately […]

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How Beethoven’s symphonies changed the world

Phillip Clark writes: Ludwig van Beethoven, the composer who, more than any other, changed music, the sound of music and what it is that composers do, wrote nine symphonies that jolted music out of itself. Life could never – would never – be the same again. The “classical” rationality of structure, harmony, form, melodic development […]

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William Parker: Wood Flute Songs: Anthology Live 2006-12 – review

Originally published November 2013 John Fordham writes ….. William Parker, the former Cecil Taylor sideman, exhibits a fearlessness, double-bass virtuosity and tough lyricism that perhaps makes him the closest bassist/composer equivalent to the late Charles Mingus. With this eight-disc limited edition (also a six-part download), AUM Fidelity documents Parker’s midlife work with his core quartet and […]

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Trees was a British folk rock band recording and touring throughout 1969, 1970 and 1971, reforming briefly to ….

Trees was a British folk rock band recording and touring throughout 1969, 1970 and 1971, reforming briefly to continue performing throughout 1972. Although the group met with little commercial success in their time, the reputation of the band has grown over the years, and underwent a renaissance in 2007 following Gnarls Barkley’s sampling of the […]

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The Best Classical Violin Music

Aaron Green / ThoughtCo writes: Great classical music for violin is always within arms reach, you just need to know where to look. These classical violin pieces were selected based on melody, popularity, and overall likability. Here’s a list for those of you looking to expand your classical music horizons or for anyone needing a […]

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Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists

Reverend Keith A. Gordon / ThoughtCo writes: Let be honest here, shall we? Blues-rock fretburners like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan typically receive all the love while other talented guitarists are too often forced to wait in line to gather up whatever crumbs of critical acclaim remain. These skilled musicians bring plenty […]

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Exactly the way it happened folks: Howard Popeck’s encounter with a serial killer

Some years after the demise of Subjective, and I can picture the scene even now, I was driving along the M25, listening to the lunchtime news. The lead story was the arrest of a person suspected of murdering at least one little girl, possibly more. I think she was either Susan Maxwell or Caroline Hogg. […]

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Dame Janet Baker: Speaking to Joyce DiDonato

They tell us…… An abridged version of this interview was released by Gramophone to celebrate Dame Janet’s 80th birthday on Wednesday (August 21). This fascinating full 30-minute version of the interview covers all aspects of Dame Janet’s career, including what it was like to work with Benjamin Britten and what it feels like to disagree […]

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JULIAN BREAM: The Gramophone interview

  We reprint this revealing interview with Julian Bream from January 2007… Sixty years ago, the classical guitar was little more than a musical curiosity in Britain, despite the work of Segovia in Europe – a small-voiced, exotic instrument that wasn’t to be taken seriously. But then a determined Londoner changed everything. Julian Bream’s single-handed […]

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Philip Glass: The biography

“Through his operas, his symphonies, his compositions for his own ensemble, and his wide-ranging collaborations with artists ranging from Twyla Tharp to Allen Ginsberg, Woody Allen to David Bowie, Philip Glass has had an extraordinary and unprecedented impact upon the musical and intellectual life of his times.” MORE Also ….. Please click HERE for the […]

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MARC MYERS: Why Jazz Happened. Book review by Ian Patterson

Jazz’s timeline and the iconic figures of each of its successive stylistic movements are well known to aficionados. Less well understood, however, are the underlying conditions that created these changes. Advances in recording technologies, social trends, radio, the incursion of pop and rock, and socio-political factors all played major roles in shaping the evolution of […]

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STEPHEN STILLS: The interview – ‘We’re still here, haha haha ha!’

Interview by Simmy Richman. Interviews with living legends often come with limitations. In the case of Stephen Stills the instruction is clear and comes from various directions: “Stephen will only be talking about his new project The Rides.” Mention anything else, I am gently informed, and Mr Stills will most likely be none too happy. […]

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