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    As all classical music fans know, the era of giant, long-established labels like RCA, Columbia, Deutsche Grammophon, Mercury, Decca, Delos, and Telarc pouring out new releases by American orchestras has waned. Most new orchestra recordings ...
  • 2018 AXPONA Show Report: Music, Part 3

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    Josh Bizar has seen tremendous growth in the audiophile industry since 1999, when he started working for Music Direct, the online retailer of high-end audio, audiophile music (Mobile Fidelity), and accessories. At this year’s AXPONA ...
  • Season Two of Newvelle Records

    Season Two of Newvelle Records

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  • Chesky: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 3

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    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 ...
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    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 ...

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