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  1. Since you already have JRiver, you might try its WDM driver (/tools/options/general/features to enable in JRiver. You'll have to restart JRiver after enabling the driver. Once done, that should let you play Amazon Music (via the Microsoft Amazon Music app, or through accessing Amazon Music through a browser like Edge, Chrome, Firefox, etc.) through JRiver. You'll need remote access software to control the browser from your iPad; there are free remote access options out there especially for personal use on a home network. I use the Amazon app or browser to select and play the music, every
  2. I agree with your preference and also about your suspicion about whether the upper one is pointillist. I don't think so, either. https://collections.artsmia.org/art/1721/frank-chuck-close although there are other works by this artist that are pointillist. (PS - sorry about the multiple image uploads and my following post which has another copy of the image - I was trying to delete the extra image and wound up duplicating it accidentally) @computeraudiophile - if it's not too much trouble, could you please delete the extra and my following accid
  3. Without commenting on the musical tastes and choices of others (chacun son goût), I will only note that Mozart died in 1791. There aren't many people who are remembered for over two centuries, let alone composers whose work is still widely performed and recorded by contemporary artists who think they can find and add something new.
  4. At 85 pages and counting, I sometimes wonder if this is a form of performance art (without the art).
  5. The Aria on Rosalyn Tureck's second version of Goldberg Variations (the one on Rosalyn Tureck II: Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Vol. 94) clocks in at 6:09. Her first version from 1953 is 4:39. Claudio Arrau's 1942 Aria (which wasn't released until 1988) is 4:59. I think it's wonderful.
  6. Great research, thoughtful analysis, and a pleasure to read!
  7. Great article (and not just because Bill Evans and Oscar Peterson also top my list)! I second Art Tatum: Charlie Parker took a 3 month gig washing dishes to hear Tatum play. And, on top of the fine selection in the article my favorites include Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Shirley Horn.
  8. Hi Allan , The first paragraph of my comment reads: "I can enjoy a "bad" recording of a good performance, for example Artur Schnabel's Beethoven sonata cycle recorded in 1932-33, or Charlie Parker's Dial Sessions, recorded in 1946-47. I'd love if it their performances had been better recorded, but then I wouldn't be listening to Artur Schnabel or Charlie Parker. I try to "listen through" the recording to the performance - that's what "sounds good" to me..." I thought that tied in with "whether the playback of a bad recording can sound good from a sonic po
  9. I can enjoy a "bad" recording of a good performance, for example Artur Schnabel's Beethoven sonata cycle recorded in 1932-33, or Charlie Parker's Dial Sessions, recorded in 1946-47. I'd love if it their performances had been better recorded, but then I wouldn't be listening to Artur Schnabel or Charlie Parker. I try to "listen through" the recording to the performance - that's what "sounds good" to me. On the other hand, I can't enjoy a good recording of a bad performance.
  10. Stephen Hough's set ... just out and very, very good IMHO.
  11. That's what I generally do as well and also agree with @lucretius on @joshM's "Best Version of" series. In terms of research, I search the Hoffman forums and the Dynamic Range Database for non-jazz, non-classical releases then search Discogs to find the details of the particular release with the CD mastering I'm looking for. If in doubt I go for the oldest CD mastering on Discogs. (I'll also settle for "almost as good" if "the best" is considered some three $figure mid 1980s 1st Japanese release). For jazz I can sometimes find info on the Dynamic Range Database, but generally if in
  12. IMHO, Lazar Berman with Claudio Abbado and the LSO
  13. I use JRiver Media Center to access and play my library remotely. It's easy to check whether I already have something I'm contemplating buying as a CD.
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