• Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    Gavin Bryars: The Fifth Century

    The Fifth Century, a 42-minute work for choir and saxophone quartet by the English composer Gavin Bryars (b.1963), has been described as “music that makes eternity audible.” Bryars sets texts by the lesser-known 17th-century metaphysical ...
  • Henry Mancini on SACD

    Henry Mancini on SACD

    In 1959, RCA released a Living Stereo recording of Henry Mancini’s music from Peter Gunn that was the first in a series of “soundtracks” that became consistent best sellers because of Mancini’s instantly likable music ...
  • UltraAnalogue Recordings

    UltraAnalogue Recordings

    Audiophiles know that minute changes in one’s stereo system (such as adjusting cartridge VTA, speaker positioning, or tube selection) can have dramatic effects on sonic performance. They can mean the difference between creating the illusion ...
  • Minoru Nojima: Nojima Plays Liszt

    Minoru Nojima: Nojima Plays Liszt

    One of Reference Recordings’ most beloved LPs, Nojima Plays Liszt was recorded in December, 1986. It’s been a perennial of this magazine’s Super LP List, and now RR has reissued the title as a half-speed ...
  • Not Your Father’s Big Band

    Not Your Father’s Big Band

    To some, big bands will always be relegated to the realms of nostalgia, defined by the swinging sounds of the vintage Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Woody Herman, and Benny Goodman bands of the 30s and ...
  • Chasing the Dragon Records

    Chasing the Dragon Records

    The audiophile world involves a staggering amount of minutia. Everything leads, however, to an emotional payoff, as you’re constantly reminded while rubbing shoulders with people devoted to good sound. So while, if you study the ...
  • Newvelle Records Presents Season Two

    Newvelle Records Presents Season Two

    The following is a press release issued by Newvelle Records. December 19, 2016 - Newvelle Records is a new type of label dedicated to quality and where musicians' rights are protected. Each year we record ...
  • Oscar Versus the Music

    Oscar Versus the Music

    This year’s Academy Award for Best Musical Score went to Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight, which provides a good starting point for a discussion of the checkered history of the Music Branch of the ...
  • Bruckner: Symphony 9

    Bruckner: Symphony 9

    Conductors have long experimented with widely disparate tempos in Bruckner’s symphonies, perhaps because the music is so exalted that no one performance can ever fully encompass its dark mysteries and celestial heights. Rémy Ballot’s reading ...
  • Women at the New Piano

    Women at the New Piano

    Reference Recordings garnered seven nominations for the 2016 Grammy Awards, including two for Woman at the New Piano. The disc premieres six works written in 2013 by four composers, three of whom, like Shpachenko, live ...

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