VINYL REPLAY: How do you determine when an LP is worn ?

As per title,played a Steve Hacket LP the other night,this would have been played to death back in the 70’s with many different cartridges including Decca’s.First track has a couple of Acoustic guitars playing,I could usually locate where they were in the mix,but it sounded all jumbled up with little separation.Another track had a guitar […]

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A SORT OF MADNESS: As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is …

Madness – Welcome to the House of Vinyl As a collector myself, I’ve long believed that ‘collecting’ (like any addiction) is a sort of madness. For some unfathomable reason, you become convinced that certain things are worth far more than they really are. It’s not helped by idiot reviewers raving over certain discs as though […]

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JAZZ: Why does Jazz Loft sound so good?

  Can anyone enlighten me as to why this internet station sounds so exceptional? http://jazzloft.de/ I listen through my system via Squeezebox Touch. It doesn’t appear compressed to me, always warm, relaxed yet dynamic. I’ve purchased CDs of artists I’ve heard here, ripped them and played them back through the Touch via powered hard drive; […]

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PAUL HIGGS: Pavane – ‘….. he has to be in the top 5 Pianists anywhere …..’

Out resident jazz expert Tony Andrews writes ….. The primary incentive for me to write these reviews for this magnificent website is to help redress the balance between those who achieve shear musical genius and the musical mediocrity currently hyped up by the craving for “Celebrity Status” We seem to be obsessed by being a […]

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TCHAIKOVSKY: Santtu-Matias Rouvali on Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake

On this week’s Gramophone Podcast, Editor Martin Cullingford talks to Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the Principal Conductor Designate of the Philharmonia Orchestra, about his first recording with the orchestra, excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, which is available now on Signum Classics. Continues HERE

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Exam reforms give ‘dead white Germans’ lead on the classical music syllabus

Originally published 2014 Music lessons will be dominated by “dead white Germans” as a result of the Government’s planned exam reforms, musicians have claimed. Plans for the future of both GCSE and A-level music exams have singled out Western classical music between 1700 and 1900 as the only compulsory area of study – prompting complaints […]

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Re-thinking Nielsen’s centennial symphony As Nielsen’s unusual and brilliant Third Symphony turns 100, it’s about time we respected his notes as we would Mahler’s

    Andrew Mellor writes:    I recently found myself vehemently disagreeing with a musician of considerable experience and distinction. Mats Engström, artistic administrator of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic and a former member of the orchestra’s horn section, was talking of his admiration for Herbert Blomstedt’s famous San Francisco recording of Nielsen’s Third Symphony, the […]

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