• Glenn Gould on SACD

    Glenn Gould on SACD

    There are several subplots to the compelling story of the one-of-a-kind Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, who died at the age of 50 in 1982. His eccentricities, at the piano and away from it; his extensive ...
  • Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain

    Dutilleux: Tout Un Monde Lointain

    Henri Dutilleux (1916-2013) is France’s greatest composer since Debussy and Ravel. His oeuvre is not large; he was satisfied only with masterpieces. His magnificent 1970 cello concerto, Tout Un Monde Lointain (“A Whole Distant World”), ...
  • Wagner: Der Rings Des Nibelungen

    Wagner: Der Rings Des Nibelungen

    Many music critics, listeners, and audiophiles (myself included) consider the Georg Solti Ring to be the greatest recording of all time. It is difficult to dispute that conclusion. First of all, the size and scope ...
  • Hoffer: Violin Concerto

    Hoffer: Violin Concerto

    Bernard Hoffer’s 2012 Violin Concerto begins with the unaccompanied violin announcing the work’s germinal motive: repeated staccato notes followed by a longer-held chord. Soon the soloist and his orchestral partners are tossing it back and ...
  • Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Bruckner: Symphony No. 4

    Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s last project for Reference Recordings garnered a 2015 Grammy nomination for Best Orchestral Recording, so expectations were high for this one, too. Perhaps that’s unfair, as Bruckner makes ...
  • Tango For Ears

    Tango For Ears

    The tango was born in the late 1800s in Buenos Aires, where it was first danced in grimy bars and brothels. It began as a souped-up habanera, a slower dance made famous in 1875 (and ...
  • HDtracks.com Offers DSD Downloads

    HDtracks.com Offers DSD Downloads

    November 2, 2015 - HDtracks.com, the largest online vendor of computer audio file downloads, has expanded their offerings to include Direct Stream Digital (DSD)-encoded files. Already offering Digital eXtreme Definition (DXD) files, which are PCM ...

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