2017年3月22日 星期三

Hi Fi Review 2017年4月號
主筆 馮春木


Into the Mist
Fiona Joy (solo piano)


稍有點資歷的樂迷都會知道Windham Hill Records,它風魔八、九十年代。這廠牌2007正式結束。

今日,New Age, neo-classical一類詞已過氣。叫' Contemporary Solo piano'就恰當。「當代器樂體裁 (contemporary instrumental genre)最亮的燈之一,Fiona Joy正邁向明星地位。」富Windham Hill Records創辦人Will Ackerman聽過Fiona Joy,他這樣點評她。一旦聽過,人們不會忘記Fiona Joy令人回味的鋼琴和飄渺的歌聲;但今次她只彈不唱。當然,全部是她的原創。

假如你聽過她的SACD “Blue Dream”,我會告訴你,"Into the Mist"給你近似“Blue Dream”的那類感受 - 平靜,有時憂鬱,深情。不會歡天喜地,卻以她自己的方式愉悅。Into the Mist像潮汐、像流水,可以喚起更多的風景如霞之想像。38分鐘的夢,靜靜地流轉。很適合放鬆心情,乃至冥想。

來看看發燒友關注的。跟所有的Cookie Marenco的錄音一樣," Into the Mist"是個是非常靚的錄音。鋼琴聽起來好像是「在那裡」(immediacy of presence),環境是一個堂音豐富的細recital hall,不是dry聲studio。Blue Coast Records老闆兼錄音師Cookie Marenco曾是Windham Hill製作團隊一員,音樂的價值與藝人優秀的表現是她極關注的;Blue Coast的錄音是斷然超越W.H.的,因使用hi-Rez ─ 不是PCM而是DSD ─ 來全面捕捉音樂。Cookie:「我認為Fiona作曲將進入一個新的水平。我喜歡這音樂,非常印象派。Fiona在我們的錄音室用一台1885年的Steinway,用live的方式錄了兩天。效果非常鮮活。用DSD256格式灌錄,通過模擬式混音台,轉回DSD256規格。」Positive Feedback的David W. Robinson讚不絕口:「Cookie在音饗藝術領域的掌握程度,不亞於Fiona在鋼琴上的。她們合作,給我們一趟安靜的創意力量之旅。當中沒有聲音上的妥協。」

特別推薦:Track 2 "Moon Over the Lotus Pond"(我翻譯為《荷塘月色》)是她對熱情歡迎她的中國人表達謝意。滿有親切感的一曲。

SACD Number: BCRSA 6012A

地址: 九龍新蒲崗大有街29號宏基中心1104室 (鑽石山港鐵車站A2出口步行大約6分鐘,大有街與八達街交界)

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2017年3月19日 星期日

2017年3月份起,廣告推薦。
HI FI REVIEW / 發燒音響


藍月唱片,極品重生,發燒音效,曠古絕今。


SACD Number: BMSA 2302

地址: 九龍新蒲崗大有街29號宏基中心1104室 (鑽石山港鐵車站A2出口步行大約6分鐘,大有街與八達街交界)

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2017年3月16日 星期四

Ralph Rousseau (勞夫)
A Pritty Thing (古早牛筋) (180g LP)


低音提琴家Ralph Rousseau,2017年最新專輯 A Pritty Thing,擔任皇家音樂廳管弦樂團(Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra)低音大提琴工作的他,與荷蘭著名發燒品牌STS Digital再度合作,在方濟各會修道院教堂(the chapel of the Franciscan Convent in Utrecht),以模擬記錄技術(analog recording technique)一次過無間斷(one take)收錄方式完成。這位被譽為荷蘭國寶級提琴家,以一把18世紀George Aman (喬治。阿曼)製的古提琴(Viola da Gamba),使用Nagra 4S Tape Recorder作記錄,重奏16世紀蘇格蘭作曲家(托比亞斯Tobias Hume)作品,比較厚潤迷人的低音提琴聲音,撥弦聲的彈力、下潛表現得相當出色,良久不散的殘響,音場定位及層次一一展現,無可否認,正是一張示範級的錄音,未及認清楚擦弦的沙沙聲,哪清晰低頻線條沒遺漏地又出現,真是音響體系的大挑戰,低頻表現是本專輯的關鍵,無與倫比的動聽樂章,沒帶有一點沉悶感。

LP Number: STS 6111165

Track Listing:
Side A:
01. THE SPIRIT OF GAMBO
02. A SOLDIERS MASKE
03. CAPTAINE HUMES PAVAN
04. T SA ALA MOD DU’ FRANCE
05. A SOLDIERS RESOLUTION
06. TOY SUITE
07. MY MISTRESSE HATE A PRETTY THING
08. MAISTER CRASSE HIS ALMAYNE

Side B:
01. A PRELUDUM
02. A SOLDIERS GALIARD
03. A FRENCH AYRE
04. CAPTAINE HUMES ALMAYNE
05. A MEDITATION
06. THE NEW KNIGHTS HUMOR
07. THE EARLE OF PEMBROOKE HIS GALLIARD
08. A FRENCH JIGGE
09. A QUESTION
10. HA COURAGIE
11. AN ANSWERE
12. NOW I COME
13. MY MISTRESSE MASKE

地址: 九龍新蒲崗大有街29號宏基中心1104室 (鑽石山港鐵車站A2出口步行大約6分鐘,大有街與八達街交界)

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2017年3月15日 星期三

Johanna Martzy
Mendelssohn, Beethoven & Mozart (琴鎖心魄)


匈牙利小提琴家Johanna Martzy (瑪茨),出名快速顫音,情感不拖泥帶水,節奏直接及愈拉愈快的個性。但她天賦藝術的靈魂,在她盛放的時期,收錄了本專集,誘人的琴聲,作曲家寫出對音樂的深層次感,激發了Martzy集中力,拉出精確完美的音調。據說她生活很不如意,這對她感情來回穿梭在每節音符上相得益彰。一個偉大的小提琴家,雖然沒有留下那麽多的錄音,但這張標誌性的錄音,即1955年及1952年錄下之Mendelssohn及Beethoven作品,就是說代表了甜味的音樂與藝術巔峰之作。

CD Number: BMCL 124

Track Listing :
FELIX MENDELSSOHN: Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op. 64
01. Allegro molto appasionato
02. Andante
03. Allegretto non tropo – Allegro molto vivace
Recorded at kingsway Hall, London, December 20, 21, 1955

BEETHOVEN:
04. Romance for Violin & Orchestra No.1 in G, Op. 40
05. Romance for Violin & Orchestra No.2 in F, Op. 50
Recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, December 22, 23, 1955

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART: Violin Concerto No.4 in D major, K.218
06. Allegro
07. Andante
08. Rondo: Andante grazioso
Recorded at Amerika-Haus, Munich, November 3, 1952

地址: 九龍新蒲崗大有街29號宏基中心1104室 (鑽石山港鐵車站A2出口步行大約6分鐘,大有街與八達街交界)

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2017年3月8日 星期三

Extended Dynamic Experience 5 【動態聲5】

Warning: HEAVY STUFF, so watch your volume!
We are not responsible for any damage on your equipment, so take care.
Be very carefully to play this CD.


由2011年起,每年只做一張,每張專集均是發燒友必須擁有之【動態聲】,作品11首,由各大唱片公司提供代表作,首首作品潛藏著不可思議之大動態,非親體會不可,STS Digital再三提醒,不要聽得忘形,小心音量! 燒喇叭呀!

CD Number: STS 6111158

Track Listing:
01. DJ Elio and Marius Beets / Salf & Mellow … taken from the label of DJ elio & Marius Beets
02. Rina Crumme / Clanned … taken from the label of Rina Crumme
03. Floex / Prenatel Hunters … taken from the label of Floex
04. Marilyn Mazur / Talking Wind … taken from the label of Marilyn Mazur
05. Arv Henrikson / Migration … taken from the label of Arv Henrikson
06. Tord Gustavsen / I See You … taken from the label of Tord Gustavsen
07. Boz Scaggs / Get On The Natch… taken from the label of Danny Kartchmar
08. Jens Düppe / Maestrale … taken from the label of Jens Düppe
09. Groeneveld / Volkswagen Chassie Harp … taken from the label of Improvisation
10. L’Imprévu Saxophone Quartet / Part. 1 Pop en Ré … taken from the label of Jacques Petit
11. Michiel Ras / Improv on Thema Cesar Franck … taken from the label of Cesar Franck 1822-1890

地址: 九龍新蒲崗大有街29號宏基中心1104室 (鑽石山港鐵車站A2出口步行大約6分鐘,大有街與八達街交界)

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2017年3月2日 星期四

Chris Conner (克里斯。康納) - The Complete Atlantic Singles 1956-60

美國爵士女歌手Chris Connor (克里斯。康納),1945年首次公開演唱後,即全意地從事歌唱生涯。1956年簽約為Atlantic Records旗下歌手,1959年作品Chris in person共售出100,000張,成績驕人。本專集紀錄了其1956-60年在Atlantic Records之著名歌曲,他的磁性嗓音加上清澈錄音,流行歌曲的底蘊,更不時帶出小小幽怨的感情,在錄音室內滲透出當年的女人韻味,香氣四溢!HIGH FIDELITY, 24 Bit Digitally Remastered。

· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 24 Single Tracks
· Comprehensive Liner Notes
· High Fidelity Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit


Chris Connor (1927-2009) developed her jazz style while singing with Stan Kenton in 1953. The way she put it, “Singing with Kenton was the most exciting thing that happened to me. And, believe me, it trained my ear.” After leaving Kenton, she began building her reputation as a single working intimate, jazz-clubs on the Eastern circuit. But she had never thought herself a jazz singer and made this clear when she first began singing for Bethlehem later that year: “I don’t know why I began singing jazz, instead of commercial things. But I always sang off the melody when I was a kid, so I guess that’s it. I don’t really want to stick to only one kind of singing. The only reason I’m in this business is because I like to sing. I’m not happy doing anything else.”

Her fleeting doubts gradually disappeared as she became more secure in her own rhythmic conception, and after signing for Atlantic in 1956, she became one of the label’s best sellers, selling 500,000 LPs during her five-year tenure, and thousands of jazz and pop singles; all of the latter are included here. Her near-vibratoless singing style and distinctive charm, as warm on ballads as it is coolly relaxed on uptempos, and her innate jazz phrasing —emerging at unguarded moments— triumph over more commercial approach of some of the tunes.

CD Number: BMCD 883

Track Listing :
01. Go ‘Way from My Window
02. Past the Age of Innocence
03. My Heart Is So Full of You
04. I Miss You So
05. Time Out for Tears
06. Trust in Me
07. Mixed Emotions
08. I Love You, Yes I Do
09. Under Paris Skies
10. Moon Ride
11. Circus
12. Flying Home
13. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
14. I Won’t Cry Anymore
15. Señor Blues
16. Misty
17. Invitation
18. I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
19. Heard a Bluebird
20. Fortune Cookies
21. That’s My Desire
22. I Only Want Some
23. ‘S Wonderful
24. Love Walked In

地址: 九龍新蒲崗大有街29號宏基中心1104室 (鑽石山港鐵車站A2出口步行大約6分鐘,大有街與八達街交界)

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Al Viola (偉奧拉) - Guitars (吉他獨奏)




與Frank Sinatra合作了25年,並在電影The Godfather的配樂中演奏曼陀林(mandolin )。美國爵士吉他手Al Viola,與其合作過的歌手,多不勝數,不能盡錄! Al Viola是洛杉磯一位備受好評的音樂家,在電影,電視和商業地點均有其表演可見。紐約時報:『他像是一隻變色龍,可以在任何風格的音樂上發揮 ...... 這是他的才華。他更是一個近乎完美無瑕的吉他手,你幾乎看不到他手指的移動,只可說是既光滑又快速。』兩張作品Guitars及Guitars Volume Two,一支吉他,獨奏示範專集。


Of all the adjectives that might be applied to Alfred Ferdinando Viola (1919-2007), perhaps the most all-embracingly apt would be resourceful.

A Brooklyn native who developed most of his career as a guitarist in Hollywood, he became known in the mid 40s as an integral part of the popular Page Cavanaugh Trio. Later, in the Fifties, when he joined Bobby Troups trio, he worked and recorded with Julie London, Jimmy Witherspoon, June Christy and many other great singersmost memorably Frank Sinatrain addition to holding the guitar chair with the diverse big bands and styles of Harry James, Nelson Riddle, Ray Anthony and Buddy Collettes modern jazz quintet.

That hard-earned versatility is reflected in these late-50s recordings, in which he is a one-man guitar orchestra, performing and arranging all the parts himself. He recorded the rhythm and bass guitars separately on one tape for the basic rhythmic pattern.

On another, the amplified or gut-stringed guitars were used for fills (in which the guitars were the equivalent of a brass, string or reed section). The first two tapes were then combined and the single-fingered solos were added on a third tape. Viola put them all together with judicious balancing, and gave each of the twelve standards its own individual treatment, with varied instruments used to provide the special effects. The fruit of his hard work and unquestioned ability is stunningly revealed in The Guitars.

CD Number: FSRCD 633

Track Listing :
01. When Youre Smiling
02. Moonlight in Vermont
03. Ill Always Be In Love with You
04. And the Angels Sing
05. You and the Night and the Music
06. Blue Skies
07. Route 66
08. Take Me in Your Arms
09. Sophisticated Lady
10. Always
11. The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)
12. Lover
13. Lonesome Road
14. Angel Eyes
15. It Could Happen to You
16. Ill Remember April
17. All Star
18. I Cover the Waterfront
19. Makin Whoopee
20. Sometimes Im Happy
21. Wait Till You See Her
22. Lemon Twist
23. Its Easy to Remember
24. I’ll Take Romance

地址: 九龍新蒲崗大有街29號宏基中心1104室 (鑽石山港鐵車站A2出口步行大約6分鐘,大有街與八達街交界)
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