John Sunier Archive

John Sunier Remembrance

John Sunier Remembrance

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 […]

John Sunier — 1937 – 2018

John Sunier — 1937 – 2018

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 […]

Editorial Page for February 2017

Editorial Page for February 2017

Our February free drawing is for a four-SACD box set, Piano Works of the Russian Futurist Movement, donated by Cybele Records. Futurism was a movement in which Russian and Italian artists and poets adopted the principles of Filippo Marinetti’s Futurist Manifesto in 1909. The word applied to those who “consciously reject the most elementary traditions […]

The Girl on the Train, Blu-ray (2017)

The Girl on the Train, Blu-ray (2017)

A daring thriller without the usual gun play. The Girl on the Train, Blu-ray (2017) Cast: Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux Director: Tate Taylor Studio: Universal Studios Home Ent. 61179949 (1/17/17) (2 discs) Video: 1.85:1 for 16:9 screens, color HD Audio: English DD 5.1 & 2.0, French DD 5.1, Spanish DD 5.1, […]

January 2017 Editorial Page

January 2017 Editorial Page

Our January free drawing is for a 24-CD box set featuring famed conductor Charles Groves in British music, from Warner Classics. It includes such favorite works as Britten’s The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra and Holst’s The Hymn of Jesus conducted by Groves and performed by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra along with the […]

Editorial for December 2016

Editorial for December 2016

Our free drawing for December is for two of Naxos’ My First Classical Albums – each a 9-CD boxed set that will be an ideal springboard for a lifelong journey thru classical music. Famous selections by Mozart, Beethoven,Tchaikovsky and Bach feature violin, orchestra, ballet orchestra, piano and lullabies as well as unexpected gems. The accompanying […]

FRANZ SCHREKER: Orchestral Music from the Operas – Royal Swedish Orch./ Lawrence Renes – BIS

FRANZ SCHREKER: Orchestral Music from the Operas – Royal Swedish Orch./ Lawrence Renes – BIS

The unfortunately almost forgotten composer Franz Schreker emphasized operas but these instrumental works from them show off his great musical art. FRANZ SCHREKER: Orchestral Music from the Operas [TrackList Follows] – Royal Swedish Orch./ Lawrence Renes – BIS multichannel SACD -2212, 68:30 (10/14/16) [Distr. by Naxos] *****: Franz Schreker was thought to be one of […]

MANU COMTE & Others: “Homilia” – Works by PIAZZOLLA, JEREZ LE CAM, GUBITSCH, GISMONTI & COMTE – Avanti

MANU COMTE & Others: “Homilia” – Works by PIAZZOLLA, JEREZ LE CAM, GUBITSCH, GISMONTI & COMTE – Avanti

Striking works for bandoneon, string quintet and guitar. MANU COMTE & Others: “Homilia” – Works by PIAZZOLLA, JEREZ LE CAM, GUBITSCH, GISMONTI & COMTE (TrackList Follows] – Avanti multichannel SACD 5414 706 1046-2 [Distr. by Naxos] (10/14/16) *****: (Manu Comté – bandoneon; B’ Strings Quintet; Tomas Gubitsch – guitar) Bandoneon master Manu Comté is internationally […]

Editorial for November 2016

Editorial for November 2016

The complete pipe organ works of Max Reger in hi-res stereo, surround & binaural (17 SACDs) is the November free drawing here, as furnished by Cybele Records. It comes with a complete bound book and an interview with the organist. We reviewed it here. All you need to do is click on the Register To […]

Editorial for October 2016

Editorial for October 2016

The complete opera by Rameau on a Harmonia mundi Blu-ray is the free drawing for this month. It is performed by the Ensemble Pygmalion with a peerless list of soloists, conducted by Raphael Pichon and is full of colorful spectacle and entertainment. The production, by Michel Faubion, is noted for its delicious candy colors. Here […]

Editorial for August 2016

Editorial for August 2016

For this August our free drawing is five complete Rossini operas on Blu-ray from Opus Arte: The Italian in Algiers, Il Signor Bruschino, The Silken Ladder, Moses in Egypt and Cyrus in Babylon. Claudio Scimone and Ewa Poldes are among the performers. The Italian in Algiers is considered one of the funniest operas ever written. Here […]

July 2016 Editorial Page

July 2016 Editorial Page

Our free July drawing is for the 51-CD lavish package from DGG entitled The Mono Era 1948-1957. Each CD is in a cardstock sleeve with the original tracks and description on the back. Performers include many of the greats of the 1950s: Kempff, Jochum, Furtwanger, Fricsay, Markevitch, Maazel, Oistrakh, Richter, Haskil, Fischer-Dieskau, Hindemith, Martzy and […]

Editorial for November 2015

Editorial for November 2015

Our drawing for this November is for four sets of the new 11-CD Complete 15 Symphonies of Shostakovich, on the Naxos label. The conductor is Vasily Petrenko, and Fanfare said this is the the set of all the symphonies that may be the best. Here is our review of the set. In order to register […]

Editorial for June 2015

Editorial for June 2015

Navona Records is donating two of their new CD releases to six Audiophile Audition readers this month. They are Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 and Voyage by Pierre Schroeder. The first is from a German-Japanese pianist known for her Bach performances, and the second is a captivating sonic journey using a variety of musical styles […]

Editorial for May 2015

Editorial for May 2015

Deutsche Grammophon is donating three copies of their new release of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas played by Maurizio Pollini as our May drawing. The 8-CD boxed set was recorded between 1975 and 2014 and most are studio recordings, except for Sonatas Nos. 12 & 21. Here is our review of the set.  The complete set will go to three of […]

Editorial for April 2015

Editorial for April 2015

This April we are awarding a single boxed 50-CD set which is the most comprehensive selection of the compositions of George Philip Telemann ever offered. A flurry of interest has grown around this composer over the past 30 years, even though his popularity fell away in the 19th century. He was active in both Hamburg […]

Editorial for February 2015

Editorial for February 2015

This month we are awarding a single huge package of 51 CDs – the recorded legacy of the great pianist Sviatoslav Richter. It will go to one of our readers who registers this month using our simple form.  A wide range of Richter’s huge repertory is covered, spanning nearly forty years of music-making (1956-1992), so […]

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 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, […]