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  • Mozart: Gran Partita Mozart: Gran Partita Quick View

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    Mozart: Gran Partita

    Can a small ensemble perform a monumental work? Absolutely, as is demonstrated so impressively by Mozart's Serenade for Winds in B flat major, K. 361. Just a handful of musicians - 13 in all - enchant us for well over 45 minutes with a superb and inimitable serenade of symphonic proportions. In this highly original composition one must constantly admire the thrilling presence of the players who perform brilliantly both as soloists and in pairs. Bowing to the traditions of the Viennese Divertimento, Mozart unfolds his artistic and entertaining ideas before his good-humoured audience, both those of then and of now. The small forms, such as the courtly Minuet and the cheerful Laendler, provide a marked contrast to the sanctified Adagio and the blithe Rondo-Finale in the manner of a drinking song.
    The Stuttgart Winds perform with freshness and inspiration, and the sound is further enhances by Tacet's recording engineer Andreas Spreer, using half-speed mastering to achieve the best-possible sound. The contemporary author Johann Friedrich Schink would have had much pleasure from this deceleration of speed that improves the quality of sound; he described his pleasure at a concert in the following words: » every instrument was played by a maestro - oh what an effect - glorious and grandiose, inspired and sublime.«

    Recording: October 2012 by Andreas Spreer

    Production: Andreas Spreer

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade in B-flat major, KV 361 (Gran Partita) - Stuttgart Winds
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Vivaldi: Concertos Vivaldi: Concertos Quick View

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    Vivaldi: Concertos

    In the 18th century, long before any quota agreement or gender studies had taken place, a major part of Venice's musical life lay in the hands of four local orphanages for girls. In 1703, Vivaldi took on the position as conductor, violinist and composer at one of these homes, the Ospedale della Pietà. There he wrote works that are among the very best in music literature due to their inventiveness and artistic demands upon the musicians. As such, one can well imagine just how extraordinarily talented the young girls were. A notion of the fine compositions that floated through the city of canals 300 years ago is given by the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra in a selection taken from a collection of 12 violin concertos known as L'estro armonico, op. 3. The animated dialogue among the strings takes place on several levels: for example, the leading parts not only concertise with and against one another but also after one another, so that the characteristic art of performance of each individual soloist is clearly to be discerned.

    And because no one knows how Vivaldi's girl orchestra would have sounded, anyone listening to this recording can let his imagination run riot as to how it could have been. It goes without saying that the Tacet team have pulled out all the stops with regard to technical matters in order to achieve the best possible analogue sound.

    Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Violins, RV 522
    Concerto for Two Cellos, RV 531
    Concerto for Three Violins, RV 551
    Concerto for Violin and Cello, RV 547
    Antonio Vivaldi
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Vinyl Check Vinyl Check Quick View

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    Vinyl Check

    This record creates new possibilities of inspecting and adjusting record players. Most tests (except for frequency response) can also be carried out without measuring instruments, just by listening, and are therefore particularly well-suited for the ambitious music listener who wants to know how well his system deals with demanding signals under realistic conditions, and whether there is a need for repairs or improvements.

    Thanks to Albrecht Krieger for his ideas and advice.

    Part 1: Trackability
    Part 2: Wow and Flutter
    Part 3: Phase
    Part 4: Crosstalk
    Part 5: Tracking angle error
    Part 6: Skating
    Part 7: Pick-up arm resistance
    Part 8: Strident sibilants and fricatives
    Part 9: Frequency response
    Part 10: Dynamics
    Part 11: Strident sibilants and fricatives, repitition
    Tacet Records
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Lehmann Rhinelander 2 COLORS AVAILABLE Lehmann Rhinelander Quick View

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    Lehmann Rhinelander

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.

    The Rhinelander headphone amplifier is based on the legendary Linear by Lehmannaudio which is used by well known professionals like A.J. van den Hul, Andreas Spreer (TACET) and Maarten de Boer (The Masters).

    Now you can experience a huge part of the Linear's transparency, tonal balance and micro-detail at only a fraction of the cost. The Rhinelander will find its place in the highly competitive group of ambitioned budget conscious audiophile listeners. Available Now!

    Discrete Zero Global Feedback output stage with high quiescent current, double sided audio board, low ESR electrolytic caps, MKP caps in the signal path for perfect transient response and ambience reproduction, audiophile voltage amplifier stage and a Neutrik headphone jack. All these features are hard to find with other devices in this price range.

    Headphone amp, reconfigurable to single-source pre-amp

    Additionally, Rhinelander is equipped with two inputs and a relays source selection. If you don't need the second line input, you can reconfigure the input jack to a output. All you need to do is to replace two jumpers. This way you can use Rhinelander as a single source pre-amplifier, similar to our Linear.

    Even with entry-level devices, Lehmannaudio puts a lot of effort in details: The audio device's enclosure is made of non-magnetic, anodized aluminum.

    Lehmann Audio
    Headphone Amplifier - 2 Colors Available
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