• Silk Road Ensemble: Off the Map

    Silk Road Ensemble: Off the Map

    The Silk Road Ensemble, originally developed at Tanglewood by Yo-Yo Ma, is now ten years old. The group’s latest effort, Off the Map, encompasses myriad musical flavors that hail from beyond the ancient Silk Road ...
  • A New Partnership in High-Resolution Music

    A New Partnership in High-Resolution Music

    March 3, 2014 - HDtracks has just announced their recent partnership with Liztic, a brand-new music management software that allows users to stream high-resolution audio through any device running iOS, Mac, Windows, or Android. Many ...
  • Barber: Choral Pieces

    Barber: Choral Pieces

    In these ten beautifully performed and recorded choral pieces, most of them about love and loss, the chamber choir Conspirare rejoices in Samuel Barber’s ardent but modern romanticism. Though Barber’s idiom, firmly tonal and melodic, ...
  • Vinyl Heaven

    Vinyl Heaven

    As soon as I was old enough to drive I would make regular treks from my parents’ house on the Peninsula to what for many years was one of the country’s great record stores, Tower ...
  • The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    The ABCs of DSD Downloads

    It seems like there’s always some hot-button issue for audiophiles to debate. For the last couple of years, it was the ability to play high-resolution (176.4 or 192kHz/24-bit) computer-audio music files. Now it’s almost impossible ...
  • The Groove Reader

    The Groove Reader

    Did you ever think about the possibility of “reading” record grooves? Well, neither did I until my wife and I attended a New Year’s Eve party with several physician colleagues and their wives around 1980. ...
  • Liszt: Organ Works, Vol. 2

    Liszt: Organ Works, Vol. 2

    The creation of major works for the organ did not end with Bach, nor did the building of new instruments. But for 75 years after Bach’s death, little of importance happened in either field. Then ...
  • Charpentier: 72 Etudes Karnatiques

    Charpentier: 72 Etudes Karnatiques

    Jacques Charpentier is a French composer (born in Paris in 1933) who adopted a musical-philosophical aesthetic derived from his mentor Olivier Messiaen: mystical, visionary, ecstatic, “Eastern,” cosmic. His 72 Etudes Karnatiques is an expression of ...

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