CHOPIN: Piano Concertos (Benjamin Grosvenor)

“I haven’t been this struck by the orchestral expositions to Chopin’s concertos since Jun Märkl with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra for Ingrid Fliter. Now in the company of another Scottish orchestra, the RSNO, Elim Chan makes equally bold decisions about how the music should go. It’s easy to understand why they ….. ” Continues HERE

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JS BACH: St Matthew Passion (Suzuki)

“To embark on a second recording of the St Matthew Passion 20 or so years after an admired reading with many of the same musicians from Bach Collegium Japan might, one would imagine, have been governed by a specific set of motivations. On the evidence of this powerful, superbly framed and exceptionally judged account, Masaaki […]

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The joy of rediscovering music long forgotten

Rediscovering music that has been forgotten or put aside for over 200 years is quite thrilling, especially when there are no recordings available. There are hundreds of interpretations available of almost every piece of music, hence it is almost impossible not get influenced by some of them. Recording Anton Franz Hoffmeister’s music gave us this […]

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£100 SYSTEM: Episode #02. Can the Sansui TUD 99X, the NAD 4020B and the Rotel RT850L see off the Cambridge A1 V3?

THE OBJECTIVE: The objective here is to, on a continual basis, refine the best system, under £100, that can be achieved today, pre-owned. A FEW GROUND RULES: Please look at episode #01 for clarification PLEASE NOTE: Every item in the system has been purchased by me off the auction sites. At this cheap-as-chips level, the […]

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HARBETH: Speaker shoot out: Harbeth P3ESR vs Proac Tablette Anniversary

What HiFi write ….. I thought I’d post this mini review about my impressions of these two competing mini monitors, I know some members here will be interested. I own both so I have no axe to grind when making these comparisons and each has its own virtues and pitfalls. The Proac’s have a more […]

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BILLY BRAGG: Barking’s Woody Guthrie on 30 years of songs and activism

John Harris (The Guardian) writes ….. From agitpop to love songs, Bragg has brought his audience through life with him, creating a soundtrack to thousands of lives Billy Bragg has a new beard, a mixture of grey and what he calls “sandy coloured: a bit grey, and a bit red”. When he grew it, he […]

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LFD AUDIO: Q&A … damping factor

Howard writes … A question of mine, to address my inquisitive nature.  My preference, for most types of music and most speakers is a high damping factor. I value speed, agility and articulation over heft, weight and so on.  To date, the PA2M(SE) is the most satisfying I have heard. Hypothetically, is it technically possible […]

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CLAUDIO ABBADO: A celebration

This week on the Gramophone website we are celebrating the career and recordings of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. Among the highlights of Abbado Week are two different guides his finest recordings, a comprehensive overview of Abbado’s career and heartfelt tribute from Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, and a classic interview with Abbado drawn from […]

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JAZZ: A jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Hudson (CD)

‘Hudson’ is the first album from a jazz supergroup collective comprised of four of the world’s top instrumentalists: Jack DeJohnette (drums), Larry Grenadier (bass), John Medeski (keyboardist of Medeski Martin & Wood) and John Scofield (guitar).In addition to original compositions, ‘Hudson’ features covers of songs connected to the Hudson Valley by such songwriters as Bob […]

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“Did you notice the extended highs?” In fact, I did not, but now that ……..

Paul McGowan writes: Our brains edit what we see and hear like a film director’s viewfinder. You’re probably familiar with this concept every time you take a picture of a distant mountain, seascape, or harvest moon and are disappointed with the outcome. What your vision records is entirely different than what the camera sees. Our brains […]

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SRV: Life without You: Live at The Nichols Arena, Denver, CO – November 29, 1989 (CD)

Recorded live on November 29, 1989 in Denver while Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble were on tour for their new album, In Step. However, that night Stevie Ray, along with guest guitarist Jeff Beck, did not focus strictly on playing songs from the album, but instead had fun rocking out on versions of Stevie […]

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