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  S.H. Gerriets
  Sixty-ish professional. Chamber music aficianado with emphasis on quartets. Circa 650 CDs, 450 SACDs; I amuse myself with a database of 29,000 composers, 56,000 works, 12,000 performances. Married to biologist/cellist. 'Extreme Gardening' with stone, water and native plants is my other passion.
  Pinchgut Lake
Marantz SA11-S2 (formerly Shanling SCD-T200)
Rotel 1070 pre-amp,
Rotel 1070 power-amp,
Monstercable Ultra600 interconnects
Paradigm Monitor-11** (biwired)
Paradigm PDR-10

Nakamichi R3 integrated tuner-amp
Castle Pembroke rears

House on quiet lakeside
Propane fire heating (silent)
Leather recliner + footstool
Ardbeg, Glenmorangie or Aberlour single malt

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Messiaen: La Nativité du Seigneur - Wolfgang Sieber        (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  May 18, 2012

Hmm, a disc this good needs a review of some sort (and deserves a more thorough review than this 'off the cuff' quickie). THE MUSIC IF you are a fan of Messiaen already THEN consider yourself blessed, say no more, wink-wink, nudge-nudge (I refer to the Messiaen of the 'Quartet for the End of Time', ... more
Schubert: Winterreise - Peter Harvey, Gary Cooper        (4 of 6 found this review helpful)
  January 30, 2011

I confess, I judged this book by its cover: I bought it because of the stark photo on the cover (by the baritone, Peter Harvey). The black raven captures the bleak spirit of this Liederzyklus in a powerful icon. I also knew Gary Cooper from etc, and Peter Harvey from and I trust Linn recordings. ... more
Janacek: Complete String Quartets - Mandelring Quartett        (8 of 8 found this review helpful)
  January 4, 2011

"Do they have the courage to be coarse when Janacek asks for it as well? My benchmark is Juilliard on Sony." Yes indeedy! I believe you refer to that quality which the wife and I fondly refer to as 'edge', and horsehair-and-rosin edge is certainly present in satisfactory quantity where passion ... more
Bach: Cello Suites - Gavriel Lipkind        (8 of 12 found this review helpful)
  November 17, 2010

Where to begin with this remarkable box set? Let's start with the weird... LINER NOTES Woo-hoo! (accompanied by rolling of eye-balls). I cannot readily disprove the assertion that J.S. Bach encoded The Kabbalah in these works, as is proposed in the "Text-book" and "Map of the Journey" which come ... more
Kuijken Two Generations          (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
  October 14, 2010

THE QUARTET INTRODUZIONE “I can’t go on; I must go on…” says Sir, the age-exhausted actor in the play and film ‘The Dresser’. He says it again and again until, finally, he steps through the curtain and into the demanding role of King Lear.... That protracted backstage hesitation is the only drama ... more

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Latest Pentatone release's artwork design really sucks!
October 15, 2014
Artful: Artful: Artful: Artful: Artful: Cheesy: -- Art director, Immedia Communications 1984-91 ... more
Shostakovich String Qts 14 & 15 - Prazak
September 16, 2014
I have only one complaint against the Mandelring cycle: Their interpretation is not that of the Brodsky CD cycle (upon which my expectations are obviously imprinted). The Brodsky underline ironies that the Mandelring play straight-up*. I am disappointed that Rosalyra Quartet and the Amsterdam Sinfonietta did not produce a cycle; their sound is ... more
Discussion: Eagles: Hotel California
August 15, 2014
Thanks Brett, No not that one; I stumbled over when looking for my touchstone recording before.* I continued my websearch this evening and VOILA! the lost chords are the Eagles themselves, acoustic in 1994's "Hell Freezes Over". Wikipedia interestingly notes that the music is based upon the phrygian ... more
Discussion: Eagles: Hotel California
July 18, 2014
Thank you Big Sur, for urinating on the carpet. Knowing what we know from the Eagles, The Hotel is that kind of place. Thank you also for raising this (re)issue up into general consciousness. On the positive side, Hotel California is a literary touchstone on the level of Robert Zimmerman's greater works. Rather than "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ... more
Discussion: Gabrieli: Music for Brass & Organ "Berliner Dom"
April 6, 2014
An interesting new offering, but don't forget if you don't have it already. I am very glad to see it still 'in print'. ... more