Category: Editorial

Editorial for January 2015

Editorial for January 2015

This month we are awarding a pair of great jazz albums to a half dozen readers who register using our simple form on the site. Allegra Levy is a New York-based vocalist and composer who has created a collection of 11 harmonically adventurous originals in the tradition of the Great American Songbook. The Vance Thompson Five […]

Editorial for December 2014

Editorial for December 2014

For this December’s drawing we have one set of the unique PentaTone collection of ten of the top operas by Wagner, with leading Wagnerian soloists and the Rundfunk Symphony and Chorus of Berlin conducted by Marek Janowski. This is the only all-SACD set, consisting of 32 multichannel discs plus a DVD with an interview with […]

Editorial for November 2014

Editorial for November 2014

This month our drawing/giveaway is for two 45-CD boxed sets of The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon by famed conductor Ferenc Fricsay. It includes his probing recordings of such works at the Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1, 3, 5, 7, 8 & 9 plus the Piano Concerto No. 3; Bartok’s three Piano Concertos, Concerto for Orchestra, […]

Editorial for October 2014

Editorial for October 2014

This month our drawing/giveaway is for six collector edition sets from Harmonia mundi of the 8-SACD collection of the Complete Beethoven String Quartets performed by the world-famous Tokyo String Quartet. Our review is here. This hi-res multichannel recording is a major sonic improvement over their earlier complete Beethoven set on the RCA CD label, and […]

Editorial for September 2014

Editorial for September 2014

This month our drawing/giveaway is for a pair of CDs of the finest operatic voices to five AudAud readers: Joyce DiDonato and Maria Callas. First is the new Erato CD by bel canto singer Joyce DiDonato: Stella di Napoli. Second will be a special sampler CD of complete selections from the new 69-CD Maria Callas […]

Editorial for August 2014

Editorial for August 2014

For August Universal and DGG will donate two of their new Karajan/Richard Strauss analog recordings sets consisting of 11 CDs and a Pure Audio Blu-ray. Details Here. The remastered set is released to mark the 25th Anniversary of the conductor’s death and the 150th Anniversary of Richard Strauss (June 2014). All of Karajan’s R. Strauss […]

Editorial for July 2014

Editorial for July 2014

For July EuroArts will donate three of their 14-hour-plus Classical Archive Collector’s Editions highlighting Ensembles, courtesy of Naxos Distributors. The videos were originally made from 1956 thru 1975 and are in black & white and color. Works of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Franck, Prokofiev, and Schubert are performed by some of the legendary soloists and […]

Editorial for June  2014

Editorial for June 2014

Decca Classics will donate three of their new (Feb. release) 11-CD boxed sets of Rachmaninov’s Complete Works for Piano, with Vladimir Ashkenazy, Bernard Haitink and other musicians. It includes all four of the Piano Concertos and the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, as well as the Piano Trios. These are considered at the top […]

Editorial for May 2014

Editorial for May 2014

Naxos Classical has donated three of their 11-CD boxed sets of all of the Mozart Symphonies for our May drawing. The performances are by Cappella Istropolitana and the Northern Chamber Orchestra, and the total playing time is over 11 hours.  The three winners of this set will be chosen from among those AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers […]

Editorial for April 2014

Editorial for April 2014

Universal and DGG Records have donated six of their new Pure Audio Blu-rays for this month’s drawing. This is the first time these classic symphonic recordings by Karajan, Kleiber and Fricsay have been available in hi-res (96/24), playable on any Blu-ray deck. The four Blu-ray selections you see here and on the Home Page will […]

Editorial for March 2014

Editorial for March 2014

Foghorn Classics and Allegro Distributors have donated five copies of the three-CD package The Complete String Quartets of Bartok & Kodaly. The Alexander String Quartet’s sense of natural communications seems to make the Bartók Quartets less difficult, and our reviewer raved about the set. This San Francisco label was founded in 1994 by the Alexander String […]

Editorial for February 2014

Editorial for February 2014

Motema has donated six copies of their GRAMMY-nominated 2010 album Water, by Gregory Porter to go to six lucky AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register on our simple form this February. Jazz Wise said Porter had “outstanding original songs, erudite lyrics and social comment, top drawer musicianship and improvisation, and a voice to die for.”  Porter […]

Editorial for January 2014

Editorial for January 2014

SONO LUMINUS has donated six of their Pure Audio Blu-ray plus CD albums to our January drawing/giveaway. Three SL albums: Entendre (violin/cello duo), Sprung Rhythm (3 American composers), and American Anthem (Ying Quartet and guests) will be sent to our six winners (at random) early in February.  The Blu-ray audio-only hi-res surround or stereo tracks […]

Editorial for December 2013

Editorial for December 2013

Naxos Distributors are offering three 50-CD legacy boxed sets of recordings from three of their labels this month as our drawing/ giveaway. They are from the Teldec, Erato and Das Alte Werke classical labels and have been painstakingly compiled to represent some of their most highly-regarded recordings. They are beautifully packaged with complete notes and […]

Editorial for November 2013

Editorial for November 2013

Decca Records has donated three copies of the three-disc BENJAMIN BRITTEN: War Requiem for our November drawing, celebrating the Britten Centenary. One disc is a Blu-ray audio-only version of the 96/24 stereo remastering from the original 1963 tapes of Britten conducting the soloists, Melos Ensemble and London Symphony in his moving work, using poetry of […]

Editorial for October 2013

Editorial for October 2013

For our October drawing Mack Avenue Records has donated seven double-disc audiophile vinyl albums, mastered and pressed by Kevin Gray at Record Techology Inc. in a three-step process. They are: Kind of Brown and The Good Feeling (Christian McBride), Common Ground (Gary Burton), Seeds From the Underground (Kenny Garrett), Friends (Stanley Jordan), Zen Food (Kevin […]

Editorial for September 2013

Editorial for September 2013

With the cooperation of Decca/Universal Music Classics, we are offering this month as our drawing/giveaway two complete sets of the 55-CD Mercury Living Presence: The Collector’s Edition 2. [Reviewed Here.] Among the rarities in the set are John Corigliano’s Piano Concerto and Dorati’s groundbreaking recording of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. Each sleeve reproduces the original cover art and liner […]

Editorial for August 2013

Editorial for August 2013

With the cooperation of Naxos, a gorgeous 8-DVD Jubilee Box of performances all over the world led by famed conductor Claudio Abbado will be this month’s drawing/giveaway for three lucky readers. To be eligible, all you need do is register on our simple form this month. Works of Beethoven, Mahler, Bruckner, Brahms and Bach are […]

Editorial for July 2013

Editorial for July 2013

Two exciting jazz SACDs will be in the hands of ten AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers next month who register this month on our simple form.  Both from Chesky Records, they benefit from the label’s minimalist miking techniques and will make an outstanding addition to any audiophile collection. Cobbs Corner is a swinging quartet led by drummer […]

Editorial for June 2013

Editorial for June 2013

Evelyne Crochet’s 2006 recordings for Music & Arts of Books I & II of Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier will go to ten AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register this month on our simple form. Educated in her native France, Ms. Crochet studied with Nadia Boulanger and Edwin Fischer and was brought by Rudolf Serkin to the U.S., […]

Editorial for May 2013

Editorial for May 2013

Beethoven couldn’t totally escape Mozart’s influence on especially his earlier works. All of his Symphonies (including the Ode to Joy of the Ninth—which has become the anthem for Europe), plus the inventive Piano Concertos and his Overtures are found in the 12-CD box set from Naxos which we are awarding to five lucky AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register this month on our simple form and fill […]

Editorial for April 2013

Editorial for April 2013

Wagner aficionados will want to have this month’s drawing/giveaway. It is for all four Wagner music dramas making up The Ring, on 14 CDs from Opera d’Oro. Clemens Krauss conducts the leading soloists and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra and Chorus in 1953, and the set features four newly-translated complete librettos in English, plus a fifth […]