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Ask Mr. H: ATC: Meridian, ATC and Harbeth SHL 5s

Hello Howard, I feel as though i know you although we have never met, having read your articles and comments for some time. Frankness and honesty is a quality i greatly admire. I’m a music and audio enthusiast of 40+ years. Won’t bore you with my hi fi history but in my sitting room is […]

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RACHEL FULLER: Music career

As an in-demand orchestrator, with her works recorded by the London Chamber Orchestra, Fuller met The Who’s Pete Townshend in 1996, becoming the arranger for his The Lifehouse Chronicles album and subsequent concerts at London’s Sadler’s Wells Theatre. With Townshend she co-wrote a song titled “It’s Not Enough” featured on The Who’s studio album Endless […]

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STRATHEARN: Their depressing story

Many will remember the British Leyland Motor Corporation, the nineteen seventies state owned purveyor of such automotive design masterpieces as the Morris Marina and Austin Allegro. A decade of industrial strife and dreadful quality ensured that BLMC’s dalliance with disaster was well publicised, but what many don’t know is that hi-fi had its very own […]

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A daily dose of Hughes; Jimmy Hughes aka James Michael Hughes – “Better Sound – Where Did It All Go Wrong, George?”

At some point – and it’s hard to say exactly when – a significant majority began to lose interest in sonic upgrades and technical improvements. It’s my belief the process began sometime in the late 1980s, though the trend would not become obvious until the early ‘90s. CD certainly rejuvenated the hi-fi market in the […]

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FRANK ZAPPA: News

  We are told …. This DVD contains a filmed rehearsal of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention at the legendary Beat Club in Bremen, Germany, on 6th October 1968. The music is largely one long improvisatory continuous performance rather than a run-through of their greatest hits, but is punctuated by Zappa directing the […]

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FREE: Mr Big – Live at The Beatclub

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2SvmTM-zps 34,665 views A few viewer comments: outstanding musicians, soul bass playing at its best, lead immense, shame he died so early, vocals legendary still the one i play in my car on a long journey when i want to hear the best and chill out No fuzz box or wah-wah pedal. Just a Les […]

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KOMITAS: News

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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MAHLER: Symphony of a Thousand

………… we ask: which recording of his vast Eighth Symphony is best? Mahler’s Eighth Symphony is the calling-card for all orchestras with ambition: but which ones should you welcome in, asks Ken Smith.(Originally published in Gramophone, December 2008.) As soon as I got the invitation I immediately called my wife to tell her why I’d […]

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MOZART: 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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BEETHOVEN: Riccardo Chailly – all is revealed

    “Riccardo Chailly’s view of the Beethoven symphonies has been a well-kept secret, but now in a single well-coordinated gesture all is revealed. At concerts in Vienna’s Musikverein, Paris’s Salle Pleyel and London’s Barbican, Chailly and his Leipzig Gewandhausorchester will present all nine symphonies alongside five specially commissioned works that reflect their individual composer’s […]

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WILCO / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot: Super deluxe edition

REVIEW BY MARK DEMMING (allmusic.com) Wilco’s first three albums each had a distinct personality of their own as the band (and their leader, Jeff Tweedy) were quite literally figuring out what they were going to be as they went along: 1995’s A.M. was a direct extension of the music Tweedy and his bandmates were making […]

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