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Some Forthcoming Classical Box Sets, January, 2015

I’ve spotted some interesting classical box sets due for release in the coming weeks. (Some of these sets are not yet listed on, so links won’t work for all of them.) Decca Sound: The Mono Years, 1944-1956 “Orchestral & Instrumental”. (, Amazon UK) This 53-disc box set includes some of the best early mono […]

The Loudness Wars and Classical Music

I got a new recording yesterday that I’m quite enjoying: Philip Glass’s latest release, The Complete Piano Etudes, on his own label Orange Mountain Music. (, Amazon UK) I started listening to it last night, in bed, on headphones; I was surprised at how low I needed to turn the volume on my iPhone. This […]

CD Review: John Adams’ Become Ocean

It’s difficult to review a recording of a new piece of music when it has won the Pulitzer Prize (when did that become important for music, and not just writing?), and when it has been universally acclaimed. It’s also difficult to review said work when it is programmatic; when it is supposed to be about […]

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