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By Bryan Geyer In an earlier paper, I wrote about all of the various kinds of cordage that gets utilized when interconnecting the components that comprise home stereo systems. (See “On Equipment Interface Options”, at ici I’m now going to discuss a recent development that involves only the most popular of these various interconnecting cords, the kind of shielded coaxial cable (optimally type RG59U, characteristic impedance 75Ω) that’s commonly mated to RCA-type plugs and used to interconnect unbalanced inputs and outputs. The EMI (electromagnetic interference) environs in a private home are not like those at a rock concert venue. In most homes, noxious EMI and RFI noise is minimal. There’s no strobed lighting, no motorized generators, no high output DC-to-AC inverters, and no RF transmitters. (But check the premises for wall-warts. Some old switching supplies might impose an illegal [not code compliant] […]
Also, Cello Concerto. Mr. Switch, DJ; Boris Andrianov, cello; Alexey Bogorad, Ural Philharmonic. Signum Classics SIGCD628. No, not that Prokofiev. This is his grandson, the Russian-British composer, producer, and DJ Gabriel Prokofiev (b. 1975), who is also the Artistic Director of the record label and nightclub Nonclassical. He studied composition at the Universities of Birmingham and York and became a producer of Dance, Electro, Hip-hop and Grime music. He founded the independent record label and club night Nonclassical in 2003 in order to bring classical music to younger people. Yes, the title of the first piece on the album, Concerto for Turntables No. 1, is exactly what you think it is. It’s a concerto in which the soloist is a disk jockey playing records on several turntables in various unique and innovative ways to produce various unique and innovative sounds in accompaniment with […]
The Washington Chorus and Dr. Eugene Rogers Announce 2020-21 Season As it approaches its 60th anniversary season starting in the fall of 2020, D.C.’s only two-time Grammy Award-winning choral ensemble, The Washington Chorus (TWC), announces a season of innovative digital and—where possible—in-person programs collaborating with composers, filmmakers, conductors, vocalists, and many more artists in conductor Dr. Eugene Rogers’s first season as TWC Artistic Director. Uncowed by the unique challenges of a world racked by a global health pandemic and a country finally reckoning with deeply entrenched racial injustices and historic inequities, The Washington Chorus is putting forth a season of programs—all of them online through December of 2020—that leans into innovation, collaboration, and inclusive excellence. “Make no mistake: this is an important moment for our community, for our country, and also for The Washington Chorus,” says TWC Artistic Director Dr. Eugene […]
Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection” (w/Brahms, Symphony No. 4)*; Symphony No. 5.** *Brigitte Fassbaender, mezzo-soprano; Margaret Price, soprano; London Symphony Chorus; Leopold Stokowski, London Symphony Orchestra. RCA Victor Gold Seal 09026-62606-2. **Hartmut Haenchen, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra; Pentatone classics 5186 004. By Karl W. Nehring There are multitudes upon multitudes of Mahler recordings out there, sometimes even by the same conductor. Mahler fans often own multiple recordings of the same symphonies, but still look forward to hearing new recordings that continue to be released. However, for those fans who can never get their hands on enough Mahler recordings, but perhaps even more importantly, for those fans just starting to appreciate Mahler’s music, I would like to turn your attention to a couple of wonderful recordings that have both been around for a good while but are generally overlooked. Neither recording […]
Also, Symphony No. 4 “Chromolodeon.” Giancarlo Guerrero, Nashville Symphony. Naxos 8.5598.38. By Karl W. Nehring and John J. Puccio First, a word from Karl: A while back I reviewed a disc of compositions by Sessions and Panufnik. Both were in effect concertos for orchestra, and both were composed for the 1981 centennial of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. After listening a couple of times to get a general sense of the music on this release of two compositions by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis (b. 1960), I then took a first look at the liner notes (written by Kernis himself) and discovered to my surprise that “Color Wheel was composed especially for the Philadelphia Orchestra’s opening concerts in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in 2001, and in celebration of the orchestra’s centennial.” […]
Jupiter String Quartet Gives World Premiere The Jupiter String Quartet remains committed to making music during these challenging times, and in place of its scheduled in-person performance will give a virtual concert presented by Rockport, Maine’s Bay Chamber Concerts on August 6, 2020 at 7:30pm, recorded from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where the ensemble has been artists-in-residence since 2012. The concert will be available for the public worldwide to watch at www.baychamberconcerts.org. The Jupiter is a particularly intimate group, consisting of violinists Nelson Lee and Meg Freivogel, violist Liz Freivogel (Meg’s older sister), and cellist Daniel McDonough (Meg’s husband, Liz’s brother-in-law). Now enjoying their 19th year together, this tight-knit ensemble is firmly established as an important voice in the world of chamber music. The New Yorker writes, “The Jupiter String Quartet, an ensemble of eloquent intensity, has matured into one of […]
Notable Encounters Online: Brahms Sextet in G Major This week would have been the first days of Festival Mozaic's Summer 2020 music festival, celebrating 50 years of incredible music, gatherings, and community here in beautiful San Luis Obispo. On behalf of our Board of Directors, our artists, our staff, and our hundreds of volunteers, we thank you for staying home and helping to slow the spread of COVID-19. We will perform for you live in our favorite venues--and some new ones as well--when our local and state officials deem safe. In the meantime, we have prepared some new Notable Encounters Online for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Recently a few of our artists came together safely with music director Scott Yoo to prepare Brahms’s Sextet in G major. You can view all past and […]
By Bill Heck Introduction Terminology: to save my typing and your patience, I here use the term “laptop” to mean a desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone. Unless otherwise noted, you can use any such device in the context indicated. For brevity, I also use the term “pop” to refer to all types of music other than classical and jazz. Amazon, Tidal, Qobuz, Idagio, Primephonic: all premium streaming services, but differing in focus. Amazon, Tidal, and Qobuz aim to be everything to everyone. Idagio and Primephonic aim solely at classical music lovers: no pop, no jazz, no country, no anything but classical. So how might these services work out for Classical Candor readers? First, just what is a streaming service? Those familiar with such services can skip ahead to the […]
Waltzes I've Saved for You. André Rieu, Johann Strauss Orchestra. Philips 314 522 933-2. Maybe I'm a sucker for sentimentality, but just as I liked Ofra Harnoy's recording of romantically-paced, vibrato-prone Dvorak (RCA) over twenty years ago and which I listened to at about the same time, I enjoyed this disc of old favorites from violinist André Rieu the more I listened to it. This is saying a lot, too, considering that I’m not particularly fond of overrated superstar performers with tens of millions of records to their credit. Playing with a band Rieu formed in 1987, the Johann Strauss Orchestra, and reminiscent of Willi Boskovsky's old Vienna Johann Strauss Orchestra, the conductor-violinist directs vigorous, lusty, sometimes boisterous, always zesty, and ultimately joyous performances of waltzes and polkas by the Strausses, Lehar, Gruber, and others. Andre Rieu However, […]
Music of Alter, Barilari, Gould, Levinson, and Vazquez. David Yonan, violin; Christopher Ferrer, cello; Susan Merdinger, piano. Sheridan Music Studio. Concert pianist and Steinway Artist Susan Merdinger explains her rationale for the current album, “American Melting Pot,” in this way: “My goal performing, recording and compiling this ‘American Melting Pot’ CD of my live concert performances of music by American composers is to demonstrate not only my deep commitment to supporting the work of living composers of my own time, but also to demonstrate the rich and varied legacies of musical traditions that are embodied in composers who were both born in the USA as well as those who were immigrated to the USA and now call America ‘home.’ It is my hope that the true American spirit of welcoming immigrants and their assimilation into a large society which embraces diversity, inclusivity and the dissemination […]