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  1. I'm sure BIS doesn't allow their masters to just rot/wait for a fire. But then, Robert von Bahr's policy of never letting any of his catalogue go out of print means that he has to revisit those recordings in order to reissue them constantly, so his company has to have a constant awareness of the state of their tapes and digital masters. Hyperion and the other small labels I'm familiar with as a classical consumer have allowed the majority of their catalogues to go out of print, so they are probably in the same boat as the conglomerates, just on a smaller scale. They should at least have better records of what is where, as they haven't gone through multiple acquisitions by various multinational entities over the decades, unlike the colossal mess of UMG and Warner.
  2. Jean Sibelius Orchestral Songs Jorma Hynninen Leif Segerstam/Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra Thrilling songs from Sibelius, and what a virile and beautiful voice! Pity there are so few recordings of Jorma Hynninen. Edited to add: Found the album on youtube, if anyone is interested!
  3. Georg Philipp Telemann Brockes Passion René Jacobs Written in 1716. This is probably my favorite work by Telemann. Stunningly beautiful! This recording is very nearly ideal. You can get it in the 2-CD set pictured above, or as part of a 7-CD set that includes Telemann's opera Orpheus, and a selection of orchestral works. Amazon.de has the 7-disc set for a wonderfully low price currently (under 20 Euros!). The boxed set is titled A Telemann Companion. Here is the Brockes Passion on youtube for anyone unfamiliar with this wonderful composition:
  4. George Frideric Handel Brockes Passion Peter Neumann Believed to have been written in 1716, while his friend Telemann was composing his own setting of the Brockes text. Handel's Passion had it's first known performance in 1719, in Hamburg. The autograph score is lost, and the score was not published. Most modern performances rely on the copy that J.S. Bach and his wife Anna Magdalena wrote out.
  5. My listening room is very quiet, around 25 dBA during the daytime, slightly lower at night. I live in the country. I listen almost exclusively to classical music. I generally listen so that musical peaks reach around 85 dB. When I listen to popular music (Mariah Carey or Chris Isaak or Ella Fitzgerald or Patti Page), I keep it below 75 dB.
  6. You might look into the Wharfedale Denton 80th Anniversary speakers. $500/pair, very popular, warm and pleasant by most accounts. I've never heard anyone complain of them being too bright, so there shouldn't be any issue for you there. http://www.wharfedale.co.uk/denton-80/ It's a "bookshelf" speaker, 12.6" x 7.8" x 10.8" They list the frequency response as 44Hz - 24kHz ±3dB Tons of happy owners on just about every audio forum I'm a member of, it seems. Best of luck in your quest!
  7. George Frideric Handel 12 Concerti Grossi, Opus 6 Martin Gester/Arte dei Suonatori Magnificent!
  8. KEF XQ5s are 1 yard out from the wall, and 3 yards apart (center to center). My listening position forms an equilateral triangle with speakers, although I occasionally move a foot or so closer to the speakers. Speakers are toed in 15 degrees. KEF LS50s are on IsoAcoustics stands on my desk, 1 yard apart (center to center), rear is 1 foot from the wall. No toe-in. My typical chair position forms an equilateral triangle with the speakers. P.S. I'm not entirely being contrary by specifying yards, as I made the initial measurements using my beautiful stainless steel yard stick/rule haha! Remember yard sticks, ye older folk?
  9. George Frideric Handel Coronation Anthems Harry Christophers/The Sixteen Amazing recording of glorious and thrilling music. I'm on my second listen to this CD for today. I think this is my favorite recorded performance of these magnificent works.
  10. That looks like the opening line of some bizarre equipment fetish porn, or perhaps the opening to some hipster steampunk horror novel?
  11. MQA captures 100% of the original studio performance. It then cleverly adapts to deliver the highest quality playback your product can support. After capturing the performance, MQA folds the file to make it small enough to stream. We call this ‘Music Origami’. We also develop a proprietary algorithm to determine the exact best playback for the video. A few days before the video starts it will generate a low cost audio file to put into MQA. This is very important to avoid the sound loss during playback. After the files start playing, the algorithm uses our proprietary audio generator to generate a high quality audio stream so both audio and video play at full capacity. In many cases the file size may have to be doubled or tripled. This allows them both to play at full volume, both sound full. After this, we have processed the audio to create an overall good audio file to use in the final product. All these steps can take some time. At the minimum, we want to get a good quality audio stream, ideally at the same quality as our HD video. At a higher quality we might increase the file size, shorten the process, or simply make the video much slower. MQA captures 100% of the original studio performance. It then cleverly adapts to deliver the highest quality playback your product can support. After capturing the performance, MQA folds the file to make it small enough to stream. We call this ‘Music Origami’. All you have to do is load this file on your device into MP4 format. This is what an old Mac or Windows computer used to be called. Once you convert it to MP4, it is stored permanently in MQA. If you want to record the audio on your computer, you need to load this file into QuickTime and then load or record in one of our many video players. The difference between audio and music is that audio, on its own, will make sounds louder. Music makes sounds softer. That is what MP3 does. As soon as MP4 or MQA captures the file, it will automatically cut it to 8 bits and then apply a filter to it. If you want the audio to change from audio to some kind of signal, you have to edit the file in software. If you want to play it back, the program should allow you to load another song from the network File size may be doubled or tripled by MQA? Files are automatically reduced to 8 bits? OMG this is effing awful! LMAO
  12. George Frideric Handel Serse Franco Fagioli Emelyanychev/Il Pomo d'Oro One of my favorite operas. I began my serious investigations of Handel's glorious music after hearing Serse's aria Ombra mai fu in the film Dangerous Liaisons in December of 1988. This recent recording features the spectacular countertenor Franco Fagioli in the the title role.
  13. The Earth Resounds Harry Christophers/The Sixteen
  14. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5 Christian Lindberg/Arctic Philharmonic First time listening to this symphony in over 30 years haha! I always judge my Tchaikovsky symphony cycle recordings by the 4th and 6th, so this has been sitting unheard since I purchased this 2-SACD set a while back. Odd how my brain anticipates each phrase before it comes, after so many years away from this music. Actually, I just remembered that the last time I listened to this symphony was in autumn of 1987, as a freshman in college, the first time I heard KEF loudspeakers. It was the only recording the dealer had of music I was familiar with. After that, I always brought my own CDs when auditioning equipment! Fittingly, I am listening on my KEF LS50s today haha! The first speakers were the KEF Reference 102. The next day, I went back with a Leontyne Price CD to play on the Reference 107--what an incredible experience that was!
  15. You're testing the limits of my CD collection and music knowledge haha! I think this is all I have for Pentecost: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina Harry Christophers/The Sixteen Two youtube selections from that CD: Veni Creator Spiritus: Also, the beautiful motet, Dum complerentur dies Pentecostes:
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