An Interview with Blues/Roots/Americana artist Natasha James: Blues is more than just a style of music:

NATASHA JAMES is known for taking Roots music styles, turning them on their head, combining them, and coming out with tunes that are completely unique but totally familiar (Music Connection, Aug 2008) at the same time. On her debut album, BAD JUDGEMENTS, she had the pleasure of working and recording with old friend and monster […]

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Rosanne Cash: ‘The List’ – Review By Wayne Donnelly

I’ll admit up front that this review is at least partially a love letter to Rosanne Cash, who has long been one of my favorite singer/songwriters. Along with a handful of others — including Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris and Iris DeMent — Rosanne’s vocals tend to shoot right past my critical faculties and lies themselves […]

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Donnie Fritts interviewed by Eric Gebhardt

  There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over… Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, but with a slightly different blend of spices and it’s own distinct flavor… Studios, sessionmen and songwriters from the northwest corner of Alabama put […]

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Music under Soviet rule: Vladimir Ashkenazy talks about Shostakovich

“Vladimir Ashkenazy was interviewed by John Stratford and John Riley in October 1991 while travelling by car to his hotel from Walthamstow Town Hall, where he had spent the day rehearsing the Eighth Symphony with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. This interview, conducted shortly before the attempted Communist coup which, backfiring, brought Boris Yeltsin to power, […]

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Unmoved by Bach’s St John Passion? Try listening to it in English…

David Temple introduces the first commercial recording in English since Britten’s in 1971 My first St John Passion was in the Barbican in 2011 with Crouch End Festival Chorus. It was in German, and with modern instruments at A=440. Though I was pleased with the performance, I was struck by the lukewarm response from the […]

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ROBERT AULD: Interviewed

A look at some popular models…  By Robert Auld In Part 1 we made the case for using headphones as critical monitors for recordings and suggested some ways of evaluating particular headphones for such a role. Here are my own evaluations of several headphones, using the criteriaoutlined in Part 1 [Editor’s note: this article was […]

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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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