Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Mar 14, 2017  |  First Published: Mar 13, 2017
Thank you for considering my list for your website.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 15, 2016
I hope there is something new for you to listen to in this list.
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  |  Oct 02, 2017
This list is a bit random. There are a couple soundtracks, a broadway play soundtrack, and a mix of other genres. They can all be purchased as downloads from Acoustic Sounds. I use several of them when testing out a system change.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 25, 2016
This round of recordings are things that I discovered in one way or another from Tidal. Either the artists were brand new to me or ones I've known about and rediscovered. And then there a few notable mentions that friends pointed me to.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 04, 2017
This set of music features artists that take me in different directions that I call way out. Dissonant to a degree, minor keys, time signature changes, woodwinds, percussion, and more. This is cerebral stuff that doesn't require you to think. Just enjoy. Everything can be found in Tidal.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Nov 13, 2017
This is a list of albums in my collection that I like to listen in their entirety. I call it 'Whole Albums Worth Listening To”. There's not a clinker in the bunch of songs of each. When I first discovered each of these I played them over and over for months, and after years and years I still go back and listen. So sit back, queue 'em up and enjoy over 8 hours of good tunes.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Feb 26, 2018
Lovely Piano Recordings
If I were to pick a favorite instrument it would likely be piano. I can never get enough of it. I listen when I when I want to think. I listen when I don't want to think. I listen when I want to listen. The recordings here are perhaps the crème de la crème of my classical piano collection.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 19, 2016
The late 80s and early 90s were tough times for a teenage music nerd. Pop radio and MTV was all hair metal and watered-down hip-hop, there was no internet to foster discovery of new sounds, and the grunge movement had not yet ignited. Somehow I managed to latch onto some albums that wove big melodic hooks into songs with more than four chords. There tended to be good studio production and instrumentation that leant itself to close listening. While I did not know it at the time, these early exposures to recordings with aural depth set me on a path toward full-scale audio buffoonery.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 18, 2017
As a UK expat the folk tradition of the British Isles is very close to my heart and while many dismiss much of this music as arch, twee or "finger in the ear" caterwauling it is in fact a very vibrant and dynamic tradition and one with a wealth of beautiful tunes to offer. The selection I’ve made below will hopefully illustrate some of the range and diversity of this genre while also hopefully throwing up one or two new selections for most listeners—enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 13, 2016
I really like this column and will be auditioning all of these lovely recordings.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 11, 2016
I’ve been involved with music and hifi my whole life. I sang professionally for 10 years, and then transitioned to life in the real world, first selling audio at several high-end stores in DC and NYC, then at Andante.com, and early classical music subscription service, and for the past 12 years saving the world from bad metadata at Gracenote.

I listen to all kinds of music, and particularly love jazz, but other genres have been well covered by previously. Opera can be difficult for the uninitiated, so I thought this might be a good theme for my own Lovely Recordings installment.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Oct 10, 2016
I have a library of music that has every genre one can think off, I often find that I listen to the melody/tune more than actually following the lyrics (except when listening to Bob Dylan, the Doors, or Rolling Stones), if the beat, rhythm and pace grabs my attention I will collect it… Below are some of the records I particularly like, will try to send some more later on but for now I thought this is a good starting point to share.
Michael Lavorgna  |  May 02, 2016
I’ve never considered my tastes eclectic but I dive deep into the genres I like. About 60% of my listening is orchestral music but I often play prog, shoegaze, punk, chillout, mid-century vocal (1935 - 1965), R&B and some acoustic jazz.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Apr 03, 2017
I’m a jazz pianist, and consequently spend more of my available music time practicing and rehearsing than just listening. However, I do love to listen to creative improvisers, whether live or recorded. To me, there’s nothing more exciting and inspiring than musicians improvising together to create something unexpected and beautiful. I’m not particularly excited by recordings assembled piece by piece in a studio or computer…I want the sounds of humans playing instruments together in real time.

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