Archive | October, 2013


Bang & Olufsen’s Immaculate Wireless Sound new speakers

Posted on 31 October 2013 by admin

Bang & Olufse’s new speakers  are all with a complete ‘Immaculate Wireless Sound’ range, designed to deliver everything from stereo to full 7.1-channel surround sound without cables connecting the speakers.

Using the new WiSA (Wireless Speaker and Sound Association) standard, the speakers can be used with the company’s BeoVision 11 television, now available with a wireless update, or with  WiSA-compliant products due to be launched by a wide range of other manufacturers.

The Bang & Olufsen development allows wireless and wired speakers to be combined, with no latency, up to a total of 20 channels in a TV system based around the BeoVision 11: two speakers in the TV, eight WiSA wireless channels and 10 more via the company’s wired PowerLink system.

WiSA allows those eight channels to be transmitted at up to 24-bit resolution and native sampling rates with no compression, using frequencies in the 5.2-5.8GHz band and intelligent channel-selection.

As well as the Wireless PowerLink system built into BeoVision 11 TVs in recent production, and set to be activated via a software upgrade, the company is also promising transmitter solutions to add on to existing systems, and what it describes as ‘matchbox -sized add-ons’ for its current active speakers to give wireless capability.

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The UN Messenger of Peace awarded to pianist Lang Lang

Posted on 30 October 2013 by admin

Chinese pianist Lang Lang has been awarded the role of UN Messenger of Peace by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon. The role was bestowed upon the pianist with a special focus on education, thanks to Lang’s constant work in music education in his native China. He is the first person from China to ever receive the honour. The award comes weeks after Lang Lang was given the International Artist of the Year award at the Classic BRITs. Previous recipients of the UN Messenger of Peace honour include Michael Douglas, George Clooney, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, Stevie Wonder and Luciano Pavarotti.

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner’s complete Bach Cantata now is available as a complete box set

Posted on 29 October 2013 by admin

The 56-CD SDG collection marks the first time the complete Pilgrimage recordings.

Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage took place in 2000, when his Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists set out to perform all of Bach’s surviving church cantatas over the course of the year – marking the 250th anniversary of the composer’s death.

Featuring the Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and solo singers Magdalena Kožená, Paul Agnew, Mark Padmore, Sara Mingardo, James Gilchrist and Peter Harvey, the collection includes 28 existing volumes from the SDG cantata series, plus four additional CDs previously released by Deutsche Grammophon. Completing the box-set is a data CD containing an index of the cantatas, sung texts with English translations and original sleeve notes. Priced at £166.60 on Amazon, only 3000 sets have been made available worldwide.

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Ned Rorem’s 90th birthday celebration

Posted on 28 October 2013 by admin

Ned Rorem has been hailed as ‘the world’s best composer of art songs’ ,. Of course, Rorem is also known, and perhaps even better known, as a diarist. His first book, The Paris Diary(written in the early 1950s, but not published until 1966), was something of a succès de scandale, not only because he wryly recounts his associations with Cocteau, Gide, Poulenc, and other luminaries of French arts and letters, but because he wrote about his homosexual love affairs with such openness.

Rorem: Chamber Music – The End of Summer, Book of Hours, Bright Music

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Rorem is, in fact, a marvellous writer, and it’s difficult to resist the temptation to compare his music and prose, for he uses words and notes with the same pithy elegance and expressive clarity. The writing often illuminates the music, too, and his Wildean aphorisms provide a useful overview of his aesthetic. New Rorem celebrates his 90th birthday today (October 23). 

Songs Of Ned Rorem

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