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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jun 08, 2016 4 comments
Was it really possible that so many excellent sounding rooms, both large and small, could be located on a single floor?
Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jun 08, 2016 3 comments
On the first night of the show, a standing-room-only assemblage of friends, associates, and supporters gathered in a huge, tented outdoor pavilion to bid adieu to Richard Lawrence Beers (July 26, 1949–January 26, 2016), co-founder of The Home Entertainment Show.
Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jun 07, 2016 1 comments
That so many of the 19 rooms I entered on the second floor of Hotel Irvine sounded really good is nothing short of a miracle…
Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jun 06, 2016 0 comments
After the speakers totally disappeared, all that remained was truly glorious, open, clear, extremely seductive, and supremely musical sound…
Jason Victor Serinus Posted: Jun 04, 2016 2 comments
Press Day, Schmess Day. Some people were ready, some were not…
Jason Victor Serinus Posted: May 31, 2016 Published: Jun 01, 2016 0 comments
T.H.E. Show Newport returns to its new venue at Hotel Irvine this Friday–Sunday, June 3–5, starting at 10am. By far the largest high-end consumer show on the West Coast of North America, T.H.E. Show promises 149 active exhibit rooms, with 19 of those big and even bigger than big rooms; 68 exhibit tables in the Marketplace and Marketplace foyer, including perhaps 16 headphone exhibitors in separate areas within the Marketplace. You can read the entire show guide here. . .
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: May 28, 2016 2 comments
If you're looking for unusual, viscerally thrilling music guaranteed to give your system a run for its money, then Leos Janácek's Glagolitic Mass is for you. Recorded in Norway last summer by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs, conducted by Edward Gardner, this gargantuan mass is the centerpiece of Janácek Orchestral Works, Vol.3, a new, extremely well-recorded hybrid SACD from Chandos.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: May 22, 2016 6 comments
No prosaic formal classification can begin to describe the universal embrace of life and death that is Schubert's final, posthumously published String Quintet in C major, D.956, which melds characteristically Viennese gemütlichkeit with far darker forebodings. . . Those who love Schubert's final quintet await every announcement of another recording or live performance that will hopefully take them closer to the essence of Schubert's genius. Which is, in some ways, what Quatuor Ebène and cellist Gautier Capuçon's new recording of the work for Erato does.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: May 20, 2016 12 comments
Whoa! Am I reading this correctly? Has Universal Music Group, parent company of classical/jazz labels Deutsche Grammophon, Decca Records, Decca Classics, Mercury Classics, and distributed label ECM, really "deepened [its] commitment to jazz and classical music [and the] company's unwavering commitment to building upon its rich history in both genres" by announcing, on May 19, that it has lumped those US labels together with jazz label Verve under the new Verve Label Group? Note as well that it has also appointed Danny Bennett, the Grammy and Emmy Award-winning music, film, and TV producer who manages the career of his father, Tony Bennett, as the Verve Label Group's President & CEO.
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Jason Victor Serinus Posted: May 13, 2016 18 comments
The day after my husband was plied with hard liquor in a desperate attempt to get me all the way into the Tidal room, I returned.

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