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Audio News for February 3, 2017

New Orleans Public Radio Station Restores Classical to FM Dial – WWNO in New Orlean has begun broadcasting classical music on their new stations Classical 104.9 FM. It therefore becomes the only Golf Coast area between Houston and Tallahassee where music lovers can hear classical music anytime thru the year. New Orleans Public Radio continues to transmit the same program on WWNO HD2 in metro New Orleans and the Northshore and beyond via the Internet at wwmo.org/classical. They will have local music features from 9 AM to 1 PM weekdays, and will carry Performance Today, Continuum, and the Met Opera.  Music in NYC – The Budapest Festival Orchestra will appear at David Geffen Hall on the Fifth and Sixth. The Orpheux Chamber Orchestra will premiere Michael Hersch’s End Stages at Carnegie Hall, a tone poem reflecting on mortality, and also at Carnegie Hall, Jordi Savall will present early and modern Venetian instrumental music with his various ensembles on Feb. 12. Glimpse Hardware Turns Any Glasses Into Smart Glasses – Their Kai gadget (now $130 at Kickstarter) sits behind one ear and allows you to access a smart voice interface. With its companion app you can make calls, text search and […]

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 and continuity in the relatively narrow sphere of their own art.” elementary traditions and continuity in the relatively narrow sphere of their own art.” These works provide attempts for the composers to express themselves in a new and contemporary language. Thomas Günther is the pianist on all four volumes. All you need to do to enter the drawing is simply to click on Register To Win and fill out all the few fields we request.  The lucky winner of the hi-res set will be announced here next month. EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began as a local program in San Francisco and then in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by John Sunier, and aired for 13½ years on up to 200 public radio and commercial stations. In September 1998 its web site for program listings was expanded to this free Internet publication. February 2017 is […]

Editorial for August 2015

Editorial for August 2015

Our August drawing is for one set of the huge Mercury Living Presence Vol. 3 set of 53 reissue CDs (issued by Decca Records), including ten never before released. Here is our review of the set, and here are details on all 53 discs. All you have to do to be considered as the winner of this huge set is to register this month using our simple non-intrusive form (and be sure to list your accurate address and email address). The lucky winner will be announced in this space next month. The two winners of the 7-CD set of all nine symphonies of Antonin Dvorak conducted by Jose Serebrier – our July drawing – are: Mark Brauer, St. Paul MN, and Lawrence Schulman, Mount Desert, ME. The sets will be shipped out soon. Congrats to both! [audaud-hr] EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began as a local program in San Francisco and then in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by John Sunier, and aired for 13½ years on up to 200 public radio and commercial stations. In September 1998 its web site for program listings was expanded to this free Internet publication. August 2015 is our 197th issue. All disc reviews are added […]

Home Page for June 2015

Home Page for June 2015

Our June drawing for all site visitors are two new CDs from Navona Records for six of our readers who register this month using our simple form here. First is Book 1 of Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, performed by pianist Kimiko Ishizaka, plus Voyage by composer Pierre Schroeder – which is the 200th Navona Records release. Pianist Ishizaka was called by The New York Times “a gifted and obviously devoted Bachian.”  Voyage, for 11 players, uses jazz, blues, and folk idioms but is still grounded in classical form. Please fill out the simple non-intrusive form completely and see our current Editorial Page for more details. [audaud-hr]

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 in a classical form. Schroeder is a French native who as a child came to music by transcribing movie themes by Nino Rota, Morricone, and others on the family piano. Navona is known for presenting winning artists and undiscovered voices in the classical tradition. To be eligible for the two new CDs, you must register this month using our simple form. (We do not share your information.) The six winners will be listed below in early July. The three lucky winners of the complete Beethoven Piano Sonatas (8 CD set) performed by Maurizio Pollini (our May drawing) are: Stanley Schwab, Northfield IL, Kelly Beck, Riverside NJ, and Richard Rodrick, Hillsboro OR. EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began as a local program in San Francisco and then in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by John Sunier, and aired for 13½ years on up to 200 public […]

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For March 2015 we are offering one item for a lucky AUDIOPHILE AUDITION reader: The $699 Oppo PM-2 planar magnetic headphones, which use the same driver and technological breakthrus as the $1100 model PM-1, including a seven-layer diaphragm and double-sided spiraling coils. These reduced-weight headphones are a distillation of Oppo’s acoustic and industrial design features into a more affordable price point. To be eligible, you must register this month on our simple form. More details on the Editorial Page, plus the name of the winner of our February drawing for the 51-CD set. 

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 analog recordings are included, plus his first Strauss digital recording (Alpine Symphony) and the complete Der Rosenkavilier. The two winners of this set will be chosen from among those AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register this month using our simple form. When you register we don’t share any of your information except your address (used only for mailing the discs), and you won’t be receiving emails from anyone else. The two winners’ names will be listed here next month. Here are the three winners of our July drawing—the 14-hrs.-plus Blu-ray set, the EuroArts Classical Archive Collectors’ Edition of video performances by ensembles featuring leading classical artists: Ted Kastelic, San Jose CA; Peter Gayde, Naperville IL; Gabor Legradi, Hattiesburg MS. Congrats to all! ———————————————————————————————————–   EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began as a local program in San Francisco and then in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by […]

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 just won a Grammy, he’s a nominee for FM Jazz in the UK, got SoulTracks’ album of the year, iTunes’ Jazz Vocal Album of the Year, one of NPR’s Top 10 Albums of the 2012, NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of the 2012, and the Edison Music Award for Jazz Vocal Album of the Year. The NY Times said, “outstanding original songs, erudite lyrics and social comment, top drawer musicianship and improvisation, and a voice to die for.” “Gregory Porter has most of what you want in a male jazz singer, and maybe a thing or two you didn’t know you wanted.” He is undoubtedly the next big male vocal jazz star. To be eligible, just register this month via our simple non-intrusive form, and we won’t share your email address. The six winners will be listed in this space next month. GUEST EDITORAL by Dr. Mark […]

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 play back on any Blu-ray deck and the standard CD is for playing in your computer, car, or mobile CD player. To be eligible, just register this month via our simple non-intrusive form, and we won’t share your email address. The six winners will be listed in this space next month. The lucky winners of one of the three 50-CD legacy boxed sets from Erato, Teldec and Das Alte Werk labels—our December drawing—are: Charles Wheeler, Pikeville KY; David Altschuler, Los Angeles CA & Brian Woods, Minneapolis MN. EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began as a local program and then in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by John Sunier, and aired for 13½ years on up to 200 public radio and commercial stations coast to coast. In September 1998 its web site for program information was expanded to the present free Internet publication. January 2014 is our […]

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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 retail on Amazon for $210 each box. For a complete list of all selections in all three boxes, go here for Teldec, here for Erato and here for DAW. To be eligible, just register this month via our simple non-intrusive form, and we won’t share your email address. The three winners will be listed in this space next month. Here are the three winners of the Pure Audio Blu-ray and CDs historical set of BRITTEN’S War Requiem – our November drawing: George Witterschein, Mendham, NY Peter Barach, Cleveland Heights, OH Carl H. Albright, Geneva, IL Congratulations to all three! [audaud-hr] EDITORIAL AUDIOPHILE AUDITION began in 1985 as a weekly national radio series hosted by John Sunier, which aired for 13½ years on up to 200 public radio and commercial stations coast to coast. In September 1998 its web site for programming information was expanded to the present free […]