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  1. Played with flair, not flare, of course. (sorry).
  2. Ruby Braff: Hi-Fi Salute to Bunny. Delightful, and played with flare by all (Braff, Pee Wee Russel, Benny Morton, Dick Hafer, Nat Pierce, Steve Jordan, Walter Page, Buzzy Drootin). Fine sound from a CD rip (also available on Qobuz).
  3. Domenico Scarlatti: 12 Keyboard Sonatas. Nuanced and engaging piano playing by András Schiff. Excellent sound from a CD rip. (also available on Qobuz).
  4. Vivaldi: Teatro alla Moda. Crisp and expressive playing by Amandine Beyer and her ensemble Gli Incogniti. Vivid, pellucid sound from a 24/88 Qobuz download.
  5. Cherubini: Requiem in C minor. Marche funèbre. Chant sur la mort de Haydn. Engaging performances by the Kammerchor der Frauenkirche Dresden with the Philharmonisches Orchester Altenburg Gera directed by Matthias Grünert. Very good recorded sound, streaming from Qobuz at 16/44.
  6. Strange . . . Neither my name nor my email addresses have changed. But thanks for the discount. Happy holidays. Guido F.
  7. A recent (for me) discovery: the Carducci String Quartet, a youthful Anglo-Irish group, in spite of having adopted the Italian poet's name. Augmented by Julian Bliss on clarinet, here they play with seemingly effortless polish Weber's Clarinet Quintet in B flat Major and Mozart's Clarinet Quintet in A Major K. 581. Vivid and detailed recorded sound from a hyperion 24/96 download.
  8. Hilary Han plays Bach's Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 and Partita No. 1. Streaming from Qobuz at 16/44, but available as download at 24/88.
  9. Thank you very much for posting this! Very engaging performances by the Concerto Italiano. Kudos to naïve for the excellent sound (but not for yet another incongruous cover art)
  10. Beethoven: String Quartets, op. 18 Nos. 3 & 10. Energetic and nuanced playing by the Quartetto di Cremona. Admirably, the recorded sound is clear and detailed; less admirably, it is also a bit harsh -- both attributes perhaps pointing to very close miking. A 24/96 Qobuz download.
  11. Mozart: Piano Concertos No. 18 & No. 19. Mitsuko Uchida and the Cleveland Orchestra. For both performance and recorded sound, I prefer her earlier piano concertos cycle with Jeffrey Tate and the English Chamber Orchestra: Streaming from Qobuz.
  12. Donizetti: L'Elisir d'Amore. Joan Sutherland, Luciano Pavarotti. Hadn't listened to this performance in quite some time. Still delightful. Fine sound streaming from Qobuz.
  13. Ben Webster, with Dave Frishberg, Richard Davis & Grady Tate: Valentine's Day 1964 Live. Dreadful sound, but great music making. A CD rip.
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