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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 booklet has information on each piece of music.  You will also be getting another Naxos CD, My First Christmas Album.  It features some of the most popular carols as well as some other surprises. All you need to do to enter the drawing is simply to check below on the Register To Win banner and fill out all the few fields we ask. The two winners of the 10 CDs will be listed below early next month. The winner of the 17 SACD/Binaural set – our November free drawing – titled The Max Reger Edition, is Brian Camp, of North Little Rock, AR. Congrats! 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 […]

Editorial Page for March 2016

Editorial Page for March 2016

Our lavish March drawing is for “Opera baroque” – a 39-DVD plus 4-CDs boxed set from Harmonia mundi consisting of over 47 hours of wonderful music, with top soloists and such directors as René Jacobs & William Christie. 17 complete operas are included in the set.  This is a set you will treasure for a lifetime. The  five lucky winners of the set of two CDs by The Alexander Quartet on Foghorn Classics – our February drawing – are: Charles Volstad, Eden Prairie MN; Will Leben, Emeryville CA; Seth Shapiro, Snohomish WA; Gary Walker, Sanford NC; and Gregory Weis, Aiken OH.   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. March 2016 is our 204th issue! All disc reviews are added thru the month as written and received, often daily, amounting to nearly 100 a month.  The Home Page lists the latest published reviews.  Vinyls, Pure Audio Blu-rays and other hi-res formats are included in the SACD/Hi-Res Section, […]

Home Page for December 2015

Home Page for December 2015

Our free drawing for December is for the largest collection we have ever offered: the 65-CD set of a giant cross-section of compositions by George Frederic Handel, except for his Italian operas. There are 12 oratorios, cantatas, odes, anthems, areas, duets, oboe concerti, plus the complete harpsichord music, complete organ concerti, complete Concerti Grossi, Water Music and Royal Fireworks Music. The comprehensive booklet for the set is available on the Brilliant Classics website in .pdf form. Here is the Amazon page for this impressive $117 retail set, which includes several reviews. To be considered for the drawing you need to register using our very simple form Here. Last month’s winners will be announced on our current Editorial Page, where you will also find more details on the drawing for this month.

Editorial for October 2015

Editorial for October 2015

For October our drawing is for six sets of the complete opera A Death in the Family, by William Mayer, as recorded by Albany Records.  The original book is by James Agee, and the opera is considered one of the best and most poetical opera librettos ever.  Although done by the Manhattan School of Music, nothing about the recording sounds the least bit like a conservatory effort. Diction is clear, the text settings are sensible, and this is a fine combination of folksong and whimsy. All your need to do is to register this month using our simple non-intrusive form, being sure to include your correct email and street address. The six winners will be announced in this space next month. Here are the three lucky winners of the Itzak Perlman 3-CD set, our September drawing:  James Strange, Bellevue WA; David Hollingsworth, Fayetteville NC; Robert Rosenman, Derrfield Beach, FL. 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 […]

Editorial for September 2015

Editorial for September 2015

For September our free drawing is for three copies of the 3-CD boxed set The Perlman Sound – a selection of items from the new complete 59-CD comprehensive set of everything the famous violinist has recorded for Warner, EMI and Teldec over 30 years. Some of his collaborations with the world’s greatest orchestras and soloists are included, including Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, Vladimir Ashkenazy and Andre Previn. All the analog recordings have been remastered in 96K/24-bit digital format at Abbey Road Studios and designs reflect the original jackets. 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 winners will be announced in this space next month. The three lucky winners of The Perlman Sound boxed set are: James Strange, Bellevue WA; David Hollingsworth, Fayetteville NC; and Robert Rosenman, Deerfield Beach FL.          

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Our November drawing is for two 45-CD sets of The Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon by famed conductor Ferenc Fricsay. Here is a complete list of all the selections on this multi-CD boxed set. And here is our review of it. These have been specially remastered for this collector’s set. The Hungarian conductor, who died in 1963, was known for his interpretations of Mozart and Beethoven, as well as works of his teachers Bartok and Kodaly. He was Chief Conductor of the German Symphony Orchestra Berlin for two periods. He conducted without a baton and recorded exclusively for DGG from the 1950s until his death. The two sets will go to two AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who this month register using our simple form. (Those who don’t completely fill out the form will not be eligible for the drawing, including those who registered in previous months.) The two winners will be listed on our Editorial Page next month, where this month you’ll find more details on the drawing.  Here’s our survey of 16 Christmas CDs & SACDs.

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, Dance Suite and Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta; Brahms’ Symphony No 2 & Haydn Variations; Dvorak & Bruch’s Violin Concertos; two versions of Dvorak’s New World Symphony; six Haydn symphonies; seven Mozart symphonies; Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring & Petrouchka; ballet music from Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and the Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky; opera instrumentals by Verdi, Ponchielli, & Tchaikovsky; plus the works of many others. The two winners will be chosen from those AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register this month using our simple form. (When you register we don’t share any information except your address of mailing of the discs.) The winners’ names will be listed here next month. Here are the six lucky winners of the Complete Beethoven String Quartets by the Tokyo Quartet on eight Harmonia mundi hybrid SACDs, our October drawing.: David Sims, Simsbury CT; James Kreh, Hoschton GA; Hudson Fair, Chicago IL; […]

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Our July drawing/giveaway will be for three EuroArts 14-hour-plus Blu-ray Classical Archive Collector’s Editions focusing on Ensembles. These are great video performances by some of the legendary musical artists of the 20th century. Outstanding ensembles of the past show their thrilling artistry in inimitable performances, including concerts, recitals and detailed booklet information. Among the performers are Rostropovich, Richter, David Oistrakh, Both Menuhins, Casadesus, Francescatti, and the Amadeus Quartet. All you need do to be considered as one of the three winners (plus having a Blu-ray deck and being into classical) to be selected is to register using our simple form this month. (Those who don’t completely fill out the form will not be considered for the drawing.) The three lucky winners will be listed on our Editorial Page next month, where this month you’ll find more details on this drawing.

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Our June drawing/giveaway will be for three Decca 11-CD boxed sets of Sergei Rachmaninov’s Complete Works for Piano, featuring Vladimir Ashkenazy, assisted by Andre Previn in the two-piano works, and by The Philharmonia and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestras conducted By Bernard Haitink in the Piano Concertos. (You can see a listing of all the selections here.)  All you need do to be considered for one of the three winners to be selected is to register on our simple form this month. (If you don’t completely fill out the form you will not be eligible for the drawing.) The three lucky winners will be listed on our Editorial Page next month, where this month you’ll find more details on the drawing.

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 who register this month using our simple form. When you register we don’t share any of your information except your address for shipping to you. The three winners’ names will be listed here next month. Here are the names of the six winners of last month’s drawing for a pair of audio-only Blu-ray titles from Universal Music Group: James Verdini, Browns Summit NC; Phillip Wheeler, Pikeville KY; Dan Ferguson, Puyallup WA; Jim Doyle, Culpeper VA; Richard Medina, Fremont CA; Tom Morrissey, Brookline MA. 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 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. May 2014 is our 182nd […]

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Our May drawing/giveaway will be for three 11-CD boxed sets containing all of the symphonies of Mozart. Naxos Classical is providing these complete sets from one of the supreme musical geniuses of all time. They range from symphonies he wrote at age eight to those from the last three years of his life. The conductors include Ward, Nicholas, Wordsworth and Barry. All you need to do to be on the list from which the three winners will be selected is to register on our simple form this month. (If you don’t completely fill out the form you will not be eligible for the drawing.) The three lucky winners will be listed on our Editorial Page next month, where this month you’ll find more details on the drawing. 

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Our drawing/giveaway for April is for a dozen of the new Universal/DGG Pure Audio Blu-ray albums of classic symphonic recordings by Karajan, Kleiber and Fricsay. Two Pure Audio Blu-rays each will go out in early May to three AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register on our simple form this month, and two others each will go out to three other AUD/AUD readers. Here is our review of one of the four Blu-rays. The six lucky winners will be announced on our Editorial Page next month, where you’ll find more details this month. The 1st is/was April Fools, and if you want some music humor for the day, just enter April Fools in our site search and you’ll be taken to the April Fools specials we did in 2005 and 2010.

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 be random and divided among six AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers who register this month on our simple form, each receiving two. Here are our reviews of two of them: Carlos Kleiber conducting Beethoven’s Fifth and Seventh, and Herbert von Karajan conducting Mahler’s Fifth. When you register for the drawing we do not share any of your information except your address for shipping. The six winners’ names will appear here next month. Here are the five winners of the 3-CD Bartok & Kodaly Quartets set from Foghorn Records, our March drawing/giveaway. Congrats to all!: Barbara Stenby, Ronkonkoma NY; Theresa Beres, Portales NM; Michael Krukowski, Milwaukee WI; Wally Babcock, Prattsburgh NY; Eric Reiff, Hampton VA. [Guest Editorial by John Siau of Benchmark] What is High-Resolution Audio? There is a raging debate over the definition of “High-Resolution Audio”. The focus of this debate has been misdirected by a lot of […]

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Our January drawing/giveaway is for one of six hi-res Pure Audio Blu-rays from Sono Luminus plus a standard CD of the same program. The three albums are: Entendre, with the violin/cello duo in works of Kodaly, Ravel, Sousa, Halvorsen, Servais & Leonard, Inscape’s Sprung Rhythm—with a collection of works by three new American composers, and American Anthem—the Ying Quartet and guests album: works by Barber, Hanson and Thompson. It will be a random choice of the three for each of the six winners. All you need to do to be eligible is to register on our simple form this month; we will not share your email with anyone. The six lucky winners will be announced on our Editorial Page next month and you’ll find more details there this month. Our Best Discs of 2013 are published now.

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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 […]

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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 Eubanks), and Timeline (Yellowjackets.) Each of the seven winners (who will announced here next month) will receive one of the album at random. To be eligible, just register this month via our simple non-intrusive form, and we won’t share your email address. Here are the two very lucky winners of the complete 55-CD set,  Mercury Living Presence: The Collector’s Edition 2, our September drawing. May you both enjoy many hours exploring this groundbreaking set of classical discs from the Golden Age of Recorded Audio:  Terrence Faulkner, Cumberland RI Judith Michaels, Austin TX 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 Internet publication. October 2013 is our […]

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Editorial for August 2011

Welcome to Adobe GoLive 6 To be one of the dozen AUDIOPHILE AUDITION readers during this month who will receive the special 3-CD set of 11 varied works by the late composer Viktor Kalabis, all you need to do is register this month using our simple non-intrusive email-protected form Here. The works range from the sunny and optimistic piano concerto to a darker symphony and a lovely Divertimento for Winds. Performers include keyboardist Suzana Kuzickova and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Vaclav Neumann. Most are recorded premieres in authoritative performances – all digitally remastered. The 12 winners will be announced here in September. Here are the dozen lucky winners of the two Opus 3 SACDs which was our July drawing/giveaway:  Randy Hart, Cave Creek AZ; Alan Craig, Grand Junction CO; Richard Rogers, League City, TX; Gary Mintz, Washington DC; Fred Nick, Seattle WA; Michael Durio, Opelousas LA; Alan Norberg, Warwick NY; Larry Rau, Granbury TX; Teresa Goodwin, Reno NV; Roger Yin, Ft. Atkinson WI; Alan Fong, Stockton CA; Leonard Ray, Southgate MI. Congrats to all! ~ Guest Editorial ~   The Vinyl Anachronist, by Marc Phillips
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