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John Marks Posted: Jul 25, 2004 Published: Jul 01, 2004 0 comments
The other night I heard The Tallis Scholars—the world's foremost exponents of Renaissance polyphony—sing in the Chorus of Westerly's performance hall, in Rhode Island: an 1886-vintage former Roman Catholic church with nearly all of its original horsehair plaster intact (footnote 1). Even sitting back in the cheap seats, the sound was glorious. I have never heard a vocal ensemble sing with more finesse, pitch security, or blend of tone.
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John Marks Posted: May 09, 2004 Published: May 01, 2004 0 comments
There's this really awful joke:
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John Marks Posted: May 22, 2004 Published: May 01, 2004 0 comments
The screen door slams
Mary's dress waves
—Bruce Springsteen, "Thunder Road" (footnote 1)
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John Marks Posted: Mar 28, 2004 Published: Mar 01, 2004 0 comments
I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Jeff Rowland's products. Going back to the Model 7 monoblock power amplifier and the Model 5 stereo amplifier of nearly 20 years ago, Rowland's designs always sounded essentially musical to me, and quite forgiving and non-fatiguing.
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John Marks Posted: Feb 15, 2004 Published: Feb 01, 2004 0 comments
Quad: The Closest Approach
by Ken Kessler. Cambridge, England, UK: International Audio Group Ltd., 2003. Hardcover, 12" square, 215 pp. ISBN 0 954 57420 6.
Available from: Quad dealers or IAG America, 15 Walpole Park South, Walpole, MA 02801. Tel: (508) 850-3950.
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John Marks Posted: Feb 01, 2004 Published: Jan 01, 2004 0 comments
To the great surprise of not that many people at all, at Home Entertainment 2003, as at the two immediately previous shows, the room featuring loudspeakers by Joseph Audio was voted by showgoer ballot "Best Sound of Show" (see September 2003, p.62). I'm not going to pick a fight over that. Not only was the sound very, very good; the entire vibe was confidently relaxed, while at the same time being purposeful in a manner businesslike yet friendly.
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John Marks Posted: Nov 23, 2003 Published: Nov 01, 2003 0 comments
Lera Auerbach is an important new classical composer.
John Marks Posted: Sep 28, 2003 1 comments
Let's start with some music—three discs I recently have been using to evaluate equipment as well as listen to for enjoyment. They are as contrasting in style as one could hope for, but all on an enviably high musical plane. (Space considerations compel brevity approaching that necessary to sell screenplays to producers at cocktail parties, footnote 1)
John Marks Posted: Jul 20, 2003 0 comments
The mind of man, when he gives the spur and bridle to his thoughts, doth never stop, but naturally sallies out into both extremes of high and low.—Jonathan Swift
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John Marks Posted: May 18, 2003 0 comments
Poetry, painting, and sculpture must lie, but they should lie with grandeur, charm, and splendor.—Napoléon I

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