Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 21, 2017
Lovely Recordings on AudioStream is the music-and-audio reading I most look forward to each week. Quite a number of contributors have enriched my collection through their excellent recommendations, and I am delighted and obliged to return the favor in this, my second guest column for Michael.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 14, 2017
I enjoy reading about music and discovering new music. Lovely Recordings is a great place to share and discover this passion. I hope to make you discover something new with this list and that you can feel the same thing I did when I discovered these recordings for the very first time!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 07, 2017
It's easy for classical music listeners like me to fall into a rut and listen to the same familiar pieces in multiple different performances. While it's true that there is always something new to find in the old chestnuts like Beethoven's Ninth, why not stretch your ears? So here are three recordings of music that I found exciting and fascinating, plus one fine recording of familiar Chopin played by an artist new to me.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 31, 2017
This list of favorites has quite a few favorite female vocalists. It also contains several live albums. There is something special about live albums, where attention is paid to the quality of the recording. I tried to include less known albums of well known artists. I hope you find something new and fun in this list.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 24, 2017
This time around I have assembled a list of audiophile quality jazz from around the world.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 17, 2017
[This is Joe's 4th Lovely Recordings! A big Thank You, Joe, Ed.]
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 10, 2017
As often happens when friends come to dinner, we ended the evening, glass in hand, listening to a couple of their favourite tracks, followed by a couple of mine. "So," she said, settling into the listening seat for her turn, "I guess this is the sweet spot in your happy place?"

"Exactly!" said my wife. "Exactly!"

She’s right. I have loved music—playing and listening—for as long as I remember. I’m not one of those stereophiles that buys new equipment more often than new music, but it has to be said that I have only once in my adult life owned a car that was worth more than my stereo. When it comes to transporting me to out of reach places, the stereo wins hands down.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 03, 2017
David Hancock was the legendary engineer responsible for the famous 1967 Donald Johanos/Dallas Symphony Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances LP, as well as Arturo Delmoni & Meg Bachman Vas’ Songs My Mother Taught Me. What many audiophiles don’t know is that David also was a Juilliard-trained classical pianist.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 26, 2017
Greetings from the antipodes, NZ more precisely. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and finally managed to make myself do it.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 19, 2017
It’s 1996, well before iPods, smartphones and easy Internet access. My employer is sending me from New York City to Sydney, Australia for a 1-year work assignment. My wife and two little kids are coming too. We can bring whatever fits into allowable checked luggage and carry-ons, plus a small “barrel” of other personal items (mostly toys & clothes) that will follow by cargo ship a few months later. We’ll be living in a very small apartment, so most of our possessions will be staying behind (or being sold at garage sale, in the case of my vinyl collection) including everything from our pets to our musical instruments, the hi-fi system and most of my recorded music library. We have two months to get organized. I designate a small cardboard box for CDs to bring along. The ones I choose to fit in that box will have to do me for a year, and I’ll be playing them on a boom-box to be purchased once we arrive. Not the happiest thought for an audiophile, but to be honest there are more pressing things to think about.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 05, 2017
Long time reader, infrequent commenter. Enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 29, 2017
The enjoyment of music is such a personal thing, but we love to share that joy with friends. And in reading many of the Lovely Recordings entries one thing that seems to be missing is demo material for my friends. My own personal listening is greatly varied; but many of the buddies I have are not into jazz or Classical, so a lot of the wonderful suggestions in other entries are lovely but if I’m trying to expand the HiRes empire they’re not helpful weapons in conquering my friends. [Note: Of course each could be used as a whole album or individual tracks if pressed for time.]
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 15, 2017
Posting on Lovely Music was such fun that I’ve come back for more. I’ve recently armed myself with Roon and a Tidal account, which have made exploring new music a daily event. Equipped with offline Tidal selections and a Dragonfly Red dangling from the iPhone, the morning subway ride is almost bearable.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 08, 2017
Working out in the bush (as we say in Canada) or in the field (as we say in the United States), I’ve found that I’ve spent quite a bit of time in a variety of landscapes, usually alone or perhaps with one other person. Many people believe that working alone out in the bush may not be a good thing, but I’ve found that it gives one time and space to think and notice the world around you without any background noise or distractions. I don’t think that being alone is necessarily a bad thing. So, here is some music that I think reflects the solitude of being out in the bush.

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