Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Dec 11, 2017
I have been thinking of authoring another installment of Lovely Recordings but have not yet had the time to sit down and do so. However, there is one recent release which is so good in terms of the music, musicianship and sound quality that it deserves a mention on its own...
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 02, 2017
I agree it’s a great column and look forward to checking it out every week.
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  |  Nov 14, 2016
Great music is more than just the music. Doesn't your favorite music bring back great memories? When you obtained it or first heard it? Today's favorites are those with special memories.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 06, 2017
We all have our favorite recordings. These are the ones we play for friends or want listen to energize ourselves because when we first heard them, they floored us (and still do!).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 28, 2016
I just found your site and love this feature and wanted to share a few of my own. Here goes:
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 06, 2017
I was born and raised in Texas, and after going to a small college in Tennessee and working in Washington DC for a number of years, settled with my wife in her native Oklahoma. My father and grandfather were always into audio gear, but never really strayed from name brands like Sony. My earliest systems were hand-me-downs from them. I've slowly built a number of systems, mostly geared around desktop settings and late night lounge-chair headphone listening (I've got small kids...). Lately I've become attached to a number of albums that remind me of certain aspects of growing up and now living again on the plains.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 18, 2016
I have been reading other Lovely Recording articles and thoroughly enjoying the mix of musical tastes in them, but after reading the Metal installment, I was inspired to write my own list of recordings that started my musical journey.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 08, 2016
The following is a list of 15 recordings that I enjoy. They are listed in no particular order, and they are simply the first recordings that came to mind. I expect that I will kick myself shortly after sending in this list for leaving out hundreds of other great recordings that I hold in high regard. I hope that these recordings provide you with as much listening pleasure as they provide me.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jan 08, 2018
I've wanted to share a "Lovely Recordings" post for months, but it wasn't until a recent trip to Sri Lanka that I finally pulled it together. The trip provided the space to revisit my favorite albums from 2017, including older albums that I learned about from blogs like this one and recommendations from friends. Music not only provides a context to our experiences—like, when traveling, zipping from hill country, to jungle, to plateau, to beach, to city—but it enables us to tweak and optimize the moment by selecting the perfect album or track. Like switching out a source, power cable or interconnect, music allows you to fine tune the color and adjust tone. I hope the choices offered up here provide you with ample options, whether for trips to exotic locales or for lazy evenings alone with your audio rig. Bon voyage!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 09, 2017
My musical journey started with piano lessons around age 5, later adding the violin. Playing these two instruments, even if only at modest amateur levels, has given me an insight into, and a love for, works that I would probably otherwise have skimmed over, as well as an intimate idea of what these instruments should really sound like.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 04, 2016
One rainy Sunday a few years ago, I found myself listening to some of my records, wondering if it would be worth it to go for a better sound system. So I bought a magazine at a gas station shop and phoned up a friend of a friend who was know for being an audiophile.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 20, 2017
I have long read and enjoyed the Lovely Recordings postings on AudioStream. I have found it to be a great resource when I am looking for new or different music to try out, and have found many gems that I have added to my preferred list of artists and recordings.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2017
A day rarely goes by that I don't listen to music. I prefer to think of myself as a music lover rather than an audiophile, though I do love having audio gear that allows me to better enjoy the music I love. Lovely, no? If it gets me closer to the tunes, I probably want it. However, if I had to choose between having access to more music or mo'better (and better) equipment, I'd go for the former. I grew up listening to rock, prog rock and pop, as well as classical and opera (shudder!) on the radio my mom had on all day, almost every day. I started listening to jazz due to the influence of my younger brother when he switched from violin to bass guitar, then studying double-bass and jazz at university. This music, in so many of its idioms, has been the major part of my musical diet for about 30 years.

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