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Betwixt vibrant red and calm blue sits ‘royal’ purple. You may call it mauve or violet, and it may not always be accompanied by a catchy preliminary adjective, but the colour purple was the most sought after in history, and has roots in mythology, piety, art and royalty. The most refracted colour when light passes through a prism, purple is at the far end of the visible colour spectrum, and is the hardest colour for...

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The name of Martin has resounded across the guitar world for more than 175 years. Marking the phenomenal influence of this family firm on our musical culture, a new exhibition and concert pays tribute. Joan Baez, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Sting, Hank Williams… the roll call of owners of guitars built by C.F. Martin & Co. goes on and on. It’s no surprise, then, that the ambition of anyone who loves...

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Cessaro has always taken pride in being a refreshingly different and forward-thinking German speaker manufacturer – a company that does not follow the mainstream with their philosophy.  Defined by unconventional developments and uncompromising components matched with the finest manufacturing techniques, Cessaro’s parts are not made for hi-fi speaker productions. Instead, their products are produced for recording studios, aerospace and the military-industry. The TAD (Technical Audio Device, Japan) compression drive units which the company use inside...

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Aries Cerat was founded in 2010, with a single goal – to change the way people understand high performance audio. Many contemporary top line audio products claim the title of the best, but all give their own signature. However, Aries Cerat focuses on the one most important thing – the music. Always thinking outside of the box, they attempt to innovate audio solutions in order to deliver the best in sonic performance, and reach perfection...

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Any manufactured product that comes from Switzerland, especially one that is the result of dazzling engineering and superlative attention to detail in construction – and one that has achieved international recognition and awards – is often at risk of failure of creativity and imagination. Not darTZeel Audio however. This company takes just as keen a focus on design quality as it does on technical construction. Many have compared their technical precision to the well known...

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David Bowie is back after a 10-year silence with a recently released new song on his 66th birthday via the Internet.  The single, entitled Where Are They Now, from the upcoming album, The Next Day is a slower, more reflective side of the typical colorful stage persona we’ve grown accustomed to, but it is still a classic step for Bowie in his aptitude for surprising the public and raising the stakes. “He happens to be...

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Just when Mozart’s success leapt to unprecedented heights and it seemed he could do nothing wrong, fortune turned against him. A new exhibition puts the spotlight on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s five distinct years in Vienna, 1784-1789.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the genius we all know for his myriad operas and concertos, is still hitting the headlines today. During the ongoing work being done for the Répertoire International des Sources Musicales (RISM/International Inventory of Musical Sources), Dr...

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The prospect of a new golden era returns to the Bolshoi, and while London’s opera-goers give Plácido Domingo one of the loudest and longest standing ovations, New York City’s Carnegie Hall is gifted more than $950,000, at the same time enticing us with winter warmers for chilly February nights. Whether you happen to be in London, New York, Paris, Milan or any number of other major cites, the winter season always offers rich rewards to...

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The Legend of Zelda and the journey that follows—a journey that may take you onwards to classical operas such as Anna Bolena, Siegfried, and La Traviata, courtesy of The Met: Live in HD, as the curtain rises on a glittering new opera season. As everyone knows, October, 2011 saw the 25th anniversary of Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda. This quarter-century landmark was celebrated with an anniversary concert in two cities, LA and London. The first...

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Our regular musical interlude this time includes a look at some innovative Italian American guitar makers and the legacy of early harpsichord music that continues to flourish in New England today.  If you had to name the most versatile musical instrument of the last hundred years, chances are it would be the guitar. There are few other modern instruments that have crossed the boundaries of classical, jazz, blues, flamenco, folk, country, world, and biggest of...

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