Robert Baird

Robert Baird  |  Feb 07, 2018  |  9 comments
Mobile Fidelity reissues Heart Like A Wheel...
Robert Baird  |  Jan 29, 2018  |  11 comments
It is a given these days that the Grammy Awards telecast has devolved into a not very interesting TV variety show. And that most of the really interesting awards are given out off-camera the day before.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 24, 2018  |  4 comments
The "Father of South African Jazz" has died from prostate cancer at the age of 78.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 22, 2018  |  2 comments
Another high-quality LP reissue label catches fire...
Robert Baird  |  Jan 21, 2018  |  6 comments
The return of a Living Stereo masterpiece...
Robert Baird  |  Jan 19, 2018  |  2 comments
A jazz singer's breakthrough album reissued by Analogue Productions.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 18, 2018  |  21 comments
Chopin's Last Waltz
Chopin: Ballade 4 in f, Op.52; Fantasie in f, Op.49; Mazurka in c-sharp, Op.63 No.3; Mazurka in f, Op.68 No.4; Nocturne in E-flat, Op.62 No.2; Prelude in c-sharp, Op.45; Valse in A-flat, Op.64 No.3
Robert Silverman, piano
IsoMike 5606 (LP). 2017. Available from Acoustic Sounds and other on-line retailers; DSD files available from NativeDSD, www.nativedsd.com. Ellen Silverman, prod.; Ray Kimber, Aaron Hubbard, engs. DDA TT: 50:05
Performance *****
Sonics *****

At the 2017 Rocky Mountain Audio Fest, Ray Kimber was beginning to feel a little antsy. He'd just released his first LP, Chopin's Last Waltz, an all-Chopin program performed by pianist Robert Silverman, and while being part of the rush to re-embrace vinyl sounds great, pressing your first-ever long player can be a bit nerve-racking.

Robert Baird  |  Jan 05, 2018  |  7 comments
Long Out-Of-Print Louisiana Music Compilation Reissued.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 04, 2018  |  1 comments
Is classical music really on the ropes? Living in New York City, it's easy to think that is a myth cooked up in the provinces.

Recently, at a performance of the Metropolitan Opera's fabulous current production of Jacques Offenbach's The Tales of Hoffmann, directed by Bartlett Sher, I experienced Classical Music 2017 up close and personal. In the audience, multicolored sequined jackets and cheetah-print slip-on sneakers mixed with tuxedos. Merrell hiking shoes and Patagonia down jackets crossed with slim-fit outfits from Billy Reid and Hermes bags. Between bravura tenor Vittorio Grigolo in the title role and soprano Erin Morley's absolutely wonderful portrayal of the doll, Olympia (Bravo!!!), it was a performance for the ages. None of the recordings I've heard come close.

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