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Positive Feedback ISSUE 46
november/december 2009


Notes of an Amateur, December, 2009. Part 1
by Bob Neill


Baker’s Dozen of Favorites for 2009

Schubert Piano Trios, D.898 and D.929. Wu Han, piano; Philip Setzer, violin; David Finckel, cello. Artistled 10802.

Peteris Vasks, Cantus and Pacem. Talivaldis Deksnis, organ. Wergo 67122.

Bruckner 8. Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Orchestre Metropolitain. ATMA-Classique ACD2-2513.

Schubert, Die Schöne Müllerin. Matthias Goerne, baritone. Christoph Eschenbach, piano. Harmonia Mundi. HMC 901995.

Bach Cantatas. John Eliot Gardiner, Volume 9. Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists. Soli Deo Gloria SDG 159.

The Juniper Tree (Grimm's Brothers); an opera. Philip Glass and Robert Moran. Libretto by Arthur Yorinks. Orange Mountain Music 0057.

Haydn, Complete Quartets, Volume 4. Opus 33 and Opus 42. Festetics Quartet. Arcana A 414.

Henry Purcell, Fantasias, Les Voix Humaines. Atma Classique. ACD2 2591.

Haydn, Vol. 2. The Late Sonatas: nos. 58, 59, 60 & 62. Alain Planès, piano. Harmonia Mundi HMX 2961994.

Carter, Quartets Nos. 3, 4, & 5. The Pacifica Quartet. Naxos 8.559362. 

Chopin Chez Pleyel, Alain Plans, piano, Harmonia Mundi HMC 902052.

Thomas Adès, The Tempest. Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, directed by Thomas Adès. EMI 95234.

Rachel Podger (violin) Mozart, Sinfonia Concertante; Haydn, Violin Concertos #1 and #4. Pavlo Beznosiuk (viola). Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Channel Classics CCSSA 29309.

Systems used for this audition: Audio Note CDT3 transport and Dac 4.1 Balanced Signature. Blue Circle FtTH hybrid integrated amplifier. Jean Marie Reynaud Duet/Bliss and Offrande Supreme loudspeakers. With Blue Circle BC6000 line conditioner. Audio Note Pallas and Sogon interconnects; Audio Note Lexus speaker cables.

Bob Neill, in addition to being an occasional equipment and regular music reviewer for Positive- Feedback Online, is also proprietor of Amherst Audio in Amherst, Massachusetts, which sells equipment from Audio Note, Blue Circle, and JM Reynaud, among others.