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  John Miller
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  Retired geologist (BSc, PhD) and former Senior Lecturer and Director of Open Studies, Edinburgh University. Published a number of geological research papers, but Classical music has been a life-long love. I played piano and church organ as a youth, bought my first "hifi" at the age of 15 and have been upgrading ever since. I taught music courses in the Edinburgh Adult Education programme for many years, especially social history of music, illustrated studies of composers including Bach, Beethoven, Elgar, Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Mahler. Several courses attempted to introduce people to post-Impressionism musical developments, and I also ran courses on Scottish classical music history. I was particularly interested in the period instrument movement and did extensive research on this. Gave pre-concert talks for the then Scottish National Orchestra in Glasgow and Edinburgh and Festival Lectures on featured composers at the Edinburgh Festival for over 10 years. Despite the classical bias, I have wide tastes in music. Also, I enjoy painting in watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oils.
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  Edinburgh, Scotland
HiFi:
  Having had to take early retirement, I sold my 2800+ CD teaching collection in 2005 to take up high-definition multichannel and begin an SACD and DVD-A collection (much smaller!). Have upgraded several components since then, and present system is approaching personal nirvana... or so I think at the moment.

Oppo BDP 103 with DSD over HDMI (suprisingly superior in SACD to a former Denon DBP-4010 UD Universal Player), Denon AVR-X4000 multichannel receiver.
Magnaplanar MG 1.7 front speakers, Magnaplanar CC3 centre, Magnaplanar wall-mounted LM1 surround speakers, Quad Lite subwoofer. I consistently use the Ultima Signature Mat when playing discs, it helps the transport recover more information and makes an astonishing improvement in definition, ambient information, instrument location and sheer musicality. Power cables - Russ Andrews PowerMax Plus, Interconnects - Chord Active Silver HDMI cables, QED optical cable. Power Conditioning - Monster power block and Russ Andrews 'The Silencer'. QED speaker cables.
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  April 25, 2015

Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) was one of the brightest stars in the firmament of Baroque music. A true child prodigy, he was essentially self-taught in composition and also played a number of instruments. His output topped 3000 pieces in a wide range of genres, emanating from his extensive and ... more
  April 17, 2015

In 1915, Rachmaninov wrote "I composed my Vesper Mass very quickly; it was completed in two weeks. The impulse to compose it came to me after hearing a performance of my Liturgy, which I did not like at all". This alone is a remarkable achievement, but the perfection of style in the new piece must ... more
  April 6, 2015

In 1778, Leopold Mozart insisted that his 22 year old son go with his mother to France, where he should introduce himself to the court at Versailles. This venture was a disaster in many ways. The travellers had to live in a sleazy hotel, so while Mozart was out being rebuffed by the French nobility ... more
  April 1, 2015

In 1990, the Edinburgh Festival celebrated the birth centenary of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu, whose music, at the time, was little known by concert-goers. Omitting the symphonies, all of which had just been performed by the Scottish National Orchestra, the Festival staged performances of 18 ... more
  March 30, 2015

The city of Trondheim (previously Nidaros) is the capital of the Sør-Trøndelag province on the west coast of Norway. Its Cathedral, northernmost medieval cathedral in Scandinavia, is also one of the most important churches in Norway. The Cathedral was built over the burial site of St Olav ... more

 
 
Latest Posts

Discussion: Rachmaninov: All-night vigil - Bruffy
April 24, 2015
Thanks for spotting typos - have corrected my review. John ... more
Discussion: The Steinmeyer Organ in Nidaros Cathedral - Draagen
April 14, 2015
Hi, I'm puzzled by the assertion that at least one copy is in stereo. Recently, I was in touch with Lawo's engineer, and was assured that the Steinmeyer Organ disk was recorded in DXD, resampled to DSD for SACD. It is a hybrid, and I can verify that, as I played separately DSD Multichannel 5.0, DSD Stereo and CD for my review. I agree that Lawo ... more
Discussion: Bach: St Matthew Passion - Jacobs
January 4, 2015
I've been through the 174 page booklet looking for photographs of session layout but there aren't any. Bach clearly wrote the St Matthew Passion "with both organs". The first of these organs was for the Great Organ at the West End of the Church. Jacobs discusses the whereabouts of Choir 2 with its organ in St Thomas. There was a second organ in the ... more
Discussion: Arnesen: Magnificat, Kernis: Musica Celestis, Gjeilo: Tundra, Song of the Universal - Brevik
December 18, 2014
For those who like to have a score to read while listening, you can read Arnesen's full score of 'Magnificat' in PDF form on his website (http://www.kimarnesen.com/#!view-scores/c1m1h). Unfortunately, for those who like to download their PDF scores onto their iPads, this won't work as the format is Adobe's Flash, disowned by Apple. John ... more
Discussion: Goebbels: Suite from Surrogate Cities, Frank Zappa: 5 works - Søndergård
November 27, 2014
You are right, of course. Trying to avoid the text getting too long, I resorted to selective introduction to keep things simple, so thanks for adding the info about Zappa's development here. John ... more