Their deaths were greatly exaggerated: The decrepit devices with unlikely afterlives

When news broke that Sony is set to cease production of MiniDisc stereo systems, most people’s reaction was ‘you mean they still made those?’ David Crookes looks at other gadgets that refuse to die. MORE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just […]

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The Secret to Classical Music: It’s Just Music – writes Benjamin F Carlson

Even if you have eclectic tastes, if you’re under 30, chances are good you listen to little or no classical music. This isn’t an admonition; it’s a fact, and one you’ve probably heard before in an admonishing tone. For decades, classical music has been in lugubrious decline. This trend has become a grave concern for […]

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Caccini: L’Euridice: Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini – review

Andrew Clements writes: No one would dispute that the first operatic masterpiece was Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, which was first performed in Mantua in 1607. But establishing what should be regarded as the very first opera of all, who composed it, and what that work consisted of, is much less straightforward. It is hard to pinpoint precisely […]

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WE LIKE THIS: JJ Cale – Cajun Moon (CD)

The reclusive, enigmatic JJ Cale did not enjoy touring, but was on fine form when playing this superb set in his hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma on New Year’s Eve, 1975. Taped for FM broadcast, it features his signature classics Call Me The Breeze, Cocaine and After Midnight, as well as a selection of other laid-back […]

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MERIDIAN: Observations and thoughts their early years.

  I’m about to buy a pair 101/103 by Meridian (yes, the small ones)…any experience with these? They should be 30 years old or so. Continue HERE EDITORIAL NOTE: The opinions expressed in the above post do not necessarily reflect those of our editorial team – just in case you wondered. Neil McCauley  

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CREAM: Disraeli Gears Documentary

If you’ve never seen this movie and loved the band, I highly recommend this. The footage and interviews are amazing. If you have Netflix streaming its on there. There’s more than one Cream movie so make sure you pick this one. To be able to see Jack Bruce play Sunshine of your Love on stand […]

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The problem with the First Night of the Proms

  Curtain-raiser: The first night of the Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall  By Ivan Hewett 17 Jul 2015 How to begin the world’s greatest music festival? With a brand-new curtain-raiser, is one obvious answer. We have one this year, in the shape of Gary Carpenter’s Dadaville, and there have been quite a few new […]

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