Lovely Recordings

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Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 25, 2017
A day rarely goes by that I don't listen to music. I prefer to think of myself as a music lover rather than an audiophile, though I do love having audio gear that allows me to better enjoy the music I love. Lovely, no? If it gets me closer to the tunes, I probably want it. However, if I had to choose between having access to more music or mo'better (and better) equipment, I'd go for the former. I grew up listening to rock, prog rock and pop, as well as classical and opera (shudder!) on the radio my mom had on all day, almost every day. I started listening to jazz due to the influence of my younger brother when he switched from violin to bass guitar, then studying double-bass and jazz at university. This music, in so many of its idioms, has been the major part of my musical diet for about 30 years.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 18, 2017
As a UK expat the folk tradition of the British Isles is very close to my heart and while many dismiss much of this music as arch, twee or "finger in the ear" caterwauling it is in fact a very vibrant and dynamic tradition and one with a wealth of beautiful tunes to offer. The selection I’ve made below will hopefully illustrate some of the range and diversity of this genre while also hopefully throwing up one or two new selections for most listeners—enjoy!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 11, 2017
Shout out to this website for leading me to a number of my favorite albums. Here are some that hopefully haven’t been mentioned here before (all available on Tidal).
Michael Lavorgna  |  Sep 04, 2017
This set of music features artists that take me in different directions that I call way out. Dissonant to a degree, minor keys, time signature changes, woodwinds, percussion, and more. This is cerebral stuff that doesn't require you to think. Just enjoy. Everything can be found in Tidal.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 28, 2017
I've been feeling for quite some time an increasing interest in finding music that adds a new texture to my collection, as opposed to buying multiple releases from the same artist. Here I gather a mix of both expected and unpredictable artists, a selection of both local and world music that did precisely this.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 21, 2017
Lovely Recordings on AudioStream is the music-and-audio reading I most look forward to each week. Quite a number of contributors have enriched my collection through their excellent recommendations, and I am delighted and obliged to return the favor in this, my second guest column for Michael.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 14, 2017
I enjoy reading about music and discovering new music. Lovely Recordings is a great place to share and discover this passion. I hope to make you discover something new with this list and that you can feel the same thing I did when I discovered these recordings for the very first time!
Michael Lavorgna  |  Aug 07, 2017
It's easy for classical music listeners like me to fall into a rut and listen to the same familiar pieces in multiple different performances. While it's true that there is always something new to find in the old chestnuts like Beethoven's Ninth, why not stretch your ears? So here are three recordings of music that I found exciting and fascinating, plus one fine recording of familiar Chopin played by an artist new to me.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 31, 2017
This list of favorites has quite a few favorite female vocalists. It also contains several live albums. There is something special about live albums, where attention is paid to the quality of the recording. I tried to include less known albums of well known artists. I hope you find something new and fun in this list.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 24, 2017
This time around I have assembled a list of audiophile quality jazz from around the world.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 17, 2017
[This is Joe's 4th Lovely Recordings! A big Thank You, Joe, Ed.]
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 10, 2017
As often happens when friends come to dinner, we ended the evening, glass in hand, listening to a couple of their favourite tracks, followed by a couple of mine. "So," she said, settling into the listening seat for her turn, "I guess this is the sweet spot in your happy place?"

"Exactly!" said my wife. "Exactly!"

She’s right. I have loved music—playing and listening—for as long as I remember. I’m not one of those stereophiles that buys new equipment more often than new music, but it has to be said that I have only once in my adult life owned a car that was worth more than my stereo. When it comes to transporting me to out of reach places, the stereo wins hands down.

Michael Lavorgna  |  Jul 03, 2017
David Hancock was the legendary engineer responsible for the famous 1967 Donald Johanos/Dallas Symphony Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances LP, as well as Arturo Delmoni & Meg Bachman Vas’ Songs My Mother Taught Me. What many audiophiles don’t know is that David also was a Juilliard-trained classical pianist.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 26, 2017
Greetings from the antipodes, NZ more precisely. I’ve been thinking about this for a while and finally managed to make myself do it.
Michael Lavorgna  |  Jun 19, 2017
It’s 1996, well before iPods, smartphones and easy Internet access. My employer is sending me from New York City to Sydney, Australia for a 1-year work assignment. My wife and two little kids are coming too. We can bring whatever fits into allowable checked luggage and carry-ons, plus a small “barrel” of other personal items (mostly toys & clothes) that will follow by cargo ship a few months later. We’ll be living in a very small apartment, so most of our possessions will be staying behind (or being sold at garage sale, in the case of my vinyl collection) including everything from our pets to our musical instruments, the hi-fi system and most of my recorded music library. We have two months to get organized. I designate a small cardboard box for CDs to bring along. The ones I choose to fit in that box will have to do me for a year, and I’ll be playing them on a boom-box to be purchased once we arrive. Not the happiest thought for an audiophile, but to be honest there are more pressing things to think about.

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