• Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

    Olagón: A Cantata in Doublespeak

    Eighth Blackbird is a consistently cutting-edge chamber ensemble. But “cutting edge” doesn’t necessarily mean abstract, difficult music. The group’s projects are all over the map stylistically, and their latest, Olagón—”a conflicted wail of both mourning ...
  • Andrew Quint on David Wilson

    Andrew Quint on David Wilson

    An awful lot of reviewers have approximately the same photo of themselves with Dave Wilson, taken in that charmingly old-fashioned Provo living room, an XLF hulking nearby for scale and authenticity. I'm no exception. You ...
  • Coming Soon: Wilson's TuneTot

    Coming Soon: Wilson's TuneTot

    For those with a consuming (or even passing) interest in Wilson Audio Specialties, the next six days are going to feel like a bit of a striptease—the closest you'll ever get to that from the ...
  • Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

    By my count, these two piano concertos are David Chesky’s 18th and 19th compositions with the word “concerto” in the title—and there are actually several others characterized as “Urban Concertos” in his catalog. Chesky’s style ...
  • Magic at Mechanics

    Magic at Mechanics

    At 7 p.m. on Labor Day, I was sitting at a table in the empty lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn in Worcester, Massachusetts, waiting to speak with Reference Recordings engineer Keith O. Johnson. Across ...
  • Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance USB Hub

    Ideon Audio 3R USB Renaissance USB Hub

    In the primordial days of computer audio—that is, around a decade ago—it was obvious early on that the analog output from a laptop or desktop machine just wouldn’t do for anything resembling critical listening. Although ...
  • Larsen Model 6.2 Loudspeaker

    Larsen Model 6.2 Loudspeaker

    At audio shows, anytime I’ve run into Michael Vamos, the president of Audio Skies and importer of Larsen loudspeakers, he seems to be in an exceptionally good mood. Maybe he’s on medication. Maybe he’s just ...

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