Orchestra


  • Observations At T.H.E. Show 2024

    “What I’m going to say now with 100% certainty is that I had never heard these two recordings sound better than they did in that room.”

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  • How a $1 Million System Changed Me

    I’ve listened to many audio setups over the years but I only recently heard a “cost-no-object” system. It happened in the Focal-Naim showroom at Montreal Audiofest 2024. Its cost? Close to $1 million dollars if you include cables and acoustic treatment. My verdict? Mind-blowingly good, and I’m not someone who would naturally equate higher price…

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  • The Bicentennial Anniversary of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

    As the curtain rises on the bicentennial anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, we find ourselves celebrating a masterpiece that has reverberated through history with the power of a thousand orchestras. This monumental symphony, also known as the “Choral Symphony,” premiered on May 7, 1824, in Vienna, and its legacy is nothing short…

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  • The Vinyl Frontier: A Spin Through Record Store Day

    Click here to jump to the highlights and special releases of the 2024 edition. On April 20th, vinyl enthusiasts and music aficionados around the globe unite for a celebration that spins beyond just a routine shopping spree—it’s Record Store Day, the annual event that’s been putting the needle back on the beloved grooves of vinyl…

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  • Reviewed—Audiophile Analog Collection Vol.2

    “Not only is this double-LP compilation outstanding in sound, it is also excellent musically and performance-wise—surprisingly so, perhaps, given the poor history of audiophile-oriented releases.”

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  • The Four Seasons: Vivaldi & Piazzolla Is My Favorite LP I’ve Ever Owned

    Seldom does an LP’s visual presentation rival the artistry of its music. Having seen the orchestra this past weekend at the Maison Symphonique in Montréal, where the album was recorded, I can attest that the quality of the recording matches the live presentation. In fact, the only thing that’s missing from the album is the…

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  • MAF 2024: Audio Note UK

    Prices listed in CA$. I heard a classical orchestral piece in the Audio Note UK room (I will tell you what it was later) and noticed three things: 1. Timpani sounded like an explosion instead of a real timpani2. Decays sounded like an applied reverb instead of natural hall ambience3. The instruments sounded all over…

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  • Brico’s Baton: A Woman’s Whisper in the Roar of Men

    Early Crescendos: The Formative Years of Antonia Brico In the rich tapestry of classical music history, Antonia Louisa Brico’s narrative is a compelling saga of tenacity, pioneering spirit, and sublime artistry. Born under the shadow of societal constraints in Rotterdam on June 26, 1902, to an unmarried Dutch Catholic mother, Brico’s journey from an obscure…

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  • From Opening Night to Global Limelight: The Vienna Philharmonic’s Timeless Tale

    On the eve of March 28, 1842, Vienna—a city already buzzing with the whispers of musical innovation and cultural renaissance—was about to witness an event that would carve a new cornerstone into its artistic edifice. The Imperial Opera Theater, a beacon of operatic and symphonic excellence, set the stage for a concert that would mark…

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  • Ten Albums to Get You Started on Your Classical Music Journey, Part 1

    Hi, my name is Pierre and I’m a compulsive record collector… That’s probably how I’d introduce myself if I belonged to a support group for hard-core record collectors. But fear not, my condition isn’t painful—it brings me immense joy, and I’m eager to share my passion for classical music in the pages of PMA Magazine.…

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  • Tanglewood’s Rockstar: Leonard Bernstein

    As 1970 unfurled its musical tapestry, icons like Zeppelin, The Stones, and Dylan were laying down tracks that would reverberate through the ages. Yet, amidst the electrifying riffs and beats, there was another star rising on a different stage: Leonard Bernstein. His arena? The tranquil expanses of Tanglewood.

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