The first installment of a sweeping presentation of the life John Sunier and Audiophile Audition.
Category: Special Features
More reports from this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest… Nola!
The first look back at this year’s Rocky Mountain Audio Fest… Von Schwekiert’s latest Ultra 9 Speaker!
This upcoming weekend is the annual Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, being held in Denver, Colorado. This is quite the event to attend, with over 400 companies represented, covering the full spectrum of state of the art components. Audiophile Audition is quite pleased to have one Ric Mancuso attend this event. Ric has been a long-time […]
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, and other orchestral works – Philadelphia Orchestra/ Leopold Stokowski – Pristine Audio
Mark Obert-Thorn restores one of the great wonders of Stokowski’s art, his brilliant and convincing versions of Rimsky-Korsakov’s scores. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV: Scheherazade, Op. 35; Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36; The Maid of Pskov (Ivan the Terrible): Prelude to Act 3; Scheherazade: The Sea and Sinbad’s Ship: take recorded 3 May 1927; Appendix: The Tale of the […]
Audiophile Audition is proud to present a three-fold re-release of music by Isaac Hayes… Isaac Hayes – Hot Buttered Soul – Enterprise/Stax ENS 1001 (1969)/Craft/Concord Music Group CR00034 (2018) 180-gram stereo vinyl, 45:24 *****: Soul and popular music are re-imagined by Stax veteran on terrific Craft records update. (Isaac Hayes – vocals, keyboards; Marvell Thomas […]
As a listener and reader John Sunier’s radio show and website, Audiophile Audition has been a source of many superb classical music discs that has widened and deepened my love for classical music for over 20 years. As a writer for Audiophile Audition, John has given me an opportunity to identify and share with reader’s […]
After a glorious career in Audio of over half a century, John Sunier passed away in January of this year. John’s incredible energy and drive found a distinctive expression in Audiophile Audition. Starting as a radio show in the 1980s, it transformed into a web site as the 21st century unfolded. Sunier was recognized far […]
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in c minor – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga
Superb, eminent readings of Bruckner’s darkest symphony under Furtwängler return with striking authority. BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 8 in c minor – Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra/ Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/ Wilhelm Furtwängler – Praga Digitals PRD/DSD 350 133 (2 CDs) 77:04; 76:55 (1/5/18) [Distr. Harmonia mundi/PIAS] *****: This review is dedicated to the Spirit of John Sunier […]
Jean-Michel Bernard Plays Lalo Schifrin – Varese Saraband 303 067 523 8, 63:42 ****1/2: Lalo Schifrin’s career in music began as a classical progeny. When he met iconic trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in his native Argentina durang the 1950’s. Schifrin joined Gillespie’s band and this unique merger of classical and jazz structures occurred. Although versed in […]
The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon – Atlas Realisations
The Film Scores and Original Orchestral Music of George Martin – Berlin Music Ensemble conducted by Craig Leon – Atlas Realisations CD ARCD008 (11/10/17) *** 1/2 Familiar and never heard music by the iconic George Martin This is a most welcome and overdue disc of the music of George Martin. This recording collects —for the […]
The pianist Dino Ciani had a rich career, with breadth and diversity in his repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Bartok, including Schumann, Schubert, Chopin, Debussy… In addition to solo piano works, he was also noted playing the concerto repertoire through major concert halls in the United States and Europe, working with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Muti, […]
Audiophile Audition encourages new musical explorations of varied genre. In that spirit, we welcome this unique cello/koro duo, performing in Portland this week as part of the PDX Jazz series of events. From PDX Jazz, the following introductory notes: When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music […]
Scarlatti Sonata in G Minor K 8 The dotted figures partner each other through a room in which light dapples motes. The couple embraces languidly as they spin, familiar with the arc of passion, ardent, but not frantic— There will be time. The left hand strums keys like strings while a breeze from the open […]
Audiophile Audition recognizes and embraces the various art forms around music; this poem is presented in that spirit. Elgar, Listening In 1923, at the age of sixty-six, The Enigma Variations composer, Edward Elgar, took a voyage to Brazil, journeying up the Amazon to Manaus. Almost nothing is known of his trip. He leans over the steamship […]
Streams and Podcasts for 7 July 2017 This week, The Music Treasury will be featuring the artist Nada Loufti. Loufti is a pianist of note, comfortable in traditional classical literature as well as music of contemporary composers and jazz. She has directed concert series and premiered new compositions. The show, hosted by Gary Lemco, can […]
Eight Christmas CDs of Note, Holidays 2016 “Song of the Nativity” – The Sixteen/ Harry Christophers – Coro COR16146, 73:58 (10/14/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: This wonderful Christmas offering comprises some of the best modern carols and choral works of the modern age, sung to absolute perfection by a noted and very reliable ensemble. The […]
HOWARD SHORE: Denial – Howe Records HWR-1022 (9/30/16) This film was based on the book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. It recounts the legal battle Deborah E. Lipstadt (played by Rachel Weisz) had to fight against David Irving (well-played by Tomothy Spall), who had accused her of libeling him […]
Covering all bases, and well! – 37th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival…. Review of Detroit Jazz Festival – Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 2-5, 2016 The Detroit Jazz Festival holds a distinct and venerable place as one of the most treasured jazz festivals in the country. It is the largest free (!) jazz festival in North America. […]
The 2016 PDX JAZZ FESTIVAL in Portland Oregon The 13th annual Jazz Festival featured the timeless work of the towering mid-20th-century saxist John Coltrane. The quest of the city of Portland to live a meaningful life challenges PDX Jazz to present audiences with compelling programming and community outreach, and to foster the growth of musical […]
Eight worthwhile discs of Christmas music to brighten your holidays.
In the June round up we have some recent releases like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Thomas Newman, Far From the Madding Crowd by Craig Armstrong, and Exodus Gods and Kings by Alberto Iglesias, along with reissues and compilation scores. Howe records has released a few collector’s edition scores by Howard Shore, Crash […]