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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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  March 27, 2015

Our guide through this inspiring collection of contemporary male voice choral works from Norway is Wolfgang Plagge, born in Oslo (1960) of Dutch parents. In the disc's booklet, he first gives a philosophical view of the need to produce something new in artistic creativity, and then insightfully ... more
  March 24, 2015

This is the third volume of Marcus Bosch's much praised projected complete set of Dvorák's symphonies with the Staatsphilharmonie Nürnberg. The Third and Seventh symphonies on thisSA-CD are the two shortest of Dvorák's symphonic output. For some unstated reason, the Seventh comes first on the disc. ... more
  March 10, 2015

Max Bruch's career was knocked off the rails by the phenomenal reception of his First Violin Concerto Op. 26 (1866). Although he wrote and spoke continual protestations that his other violin works were just as good, the musical establishment, including concert promoters, condemned or ignored the ... more
  February 25, 2015

Through the ages, Christians have celebrated the Christmastide festival with music. At first with chants, litanies and hymns (some of which are still used, mainly in Church services), then in the early Middle Ages the French devised a circle dance called a carol, which was voiced and danced mainly ... more
  February 18, 2015

World famous Irish mezzo-soprano Dame Ann Murray retired from the Concert Hall in 2011, and now (2013) she brings her long list of Lieder recordings to an end by returning to the studio after a decade. She has compiled a fine farewell programme of her favourite Lieder for us, which is accompanied by ... more

 
 
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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
Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)
September 24, 2014
Sad to hear of his demise. His contribution to the historically informed movement was galvanising and utterly musical, forming part of the movement's backbone for many years. He left a legacy of recordings which surely will be in demand as classics. John ... more
Discussion: From the Imperial Court - Stile Antico
September 24, 2014
Well, I wasn't wanting to go into too much detail as I was writing about the music. Historically, the house of Hapsburg (the "they" in my sentence) did dissolve in the C18th. Here is what a Wiki says (and this information appears in a number of other seemingly authoritative sites): "The House of Habsburg became extinct in the 18th century. The ... more