Author Archives: Andrew Quint

Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

Lost Voices of Hagia Sophia

For many critical listeners, and not just readers of this magazine, the absolute sound—the sound of live, unamplified music in a real space—is a touchstone of the audiophile pursuit. Jazz recorded at a repurposed pawnshop in Stockholm, chamber music from a 19th-century bank auditorium in upstate New York, the Cowboy Junkies at a Toronto church, or any number of “Golden Age” orchestral tapings from London, Boston, and Chicago—what these productions have in common is a strong sense of place. The venue chosen for performance or recording can support an understanding of music’s meaning in a powerful way. There is, however, ...

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Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

Acora Acoustics SRC-1 Loudspeaker

Valerio Cora is singularly qualified to be designing and manufacturing his Acora Acoustics loudspeakers. Cora is passionate about music—he’ll listen six or seven hours a day, if he can—built amplifiers as a kid, and sold audio gear in the past. For 30 years, Cora has run successful computer hardware and IT service businesses. So far, this is hardly a unique resumé for someone founding an audio company: There are plenty of music-loving computer nerds with retail experience who mastered the use of a soldering iron at an early age. But there’s one item on Valerio Cora’s CV that it’s safe ...

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Fantasy: Lark, Yang

Fantasy: Lark, Yang

With several competition prizes and career grants under her belt, the young violinist Tessa Lark has been in demand as a concerto soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician. Lark was born in Richmond, Kentucky, and her earliest influences were Bluegrass and American roots music; her career, she says, has been informed by her “fiddler’s soul.” For her first solo recording, Lark has collected several free-form, quasi-improvisational works—fantasies—that seem to the performer to have a “folk-like freedom.” She plays three of Telemann’s unaccompanied Fantasies and, also for violin alone, her own Appalachian Fantasy, a four-minute gem that feels very authentic in musical ...

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AudioSolutions Figaro L Loudspeaker

AudioSolutions Figaro L Loudspeaker

I can tell you exactly what was playing at the moment I concluded that the AudioSolutions Figaro L was a great loudspeaker, and it might surprise you. It surprised me. Mostly, I use classical music to assess audio gear, less because of the “live, unamplified music in a real space” paradigm than because it’s what I know best. When I was young, I aspired to be an orchestral trombonist (that this didn’t happen makes the musical world today a better place), and I do still get to around thirty performances a year—symphonic, choral, chamber, keyboard, and opera. I’ve published over ...

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Audiovector R3 Arreté Loudspeaker

Audiovector R3 Arreté Loudspeaker

Attention audiophiles: If you win the lottery and conspicuous consumption is your goal, you really need another hobby. Should you suddenly find you’re rolling in it and want the world to know, you can buy a Lamborghini and drive slowly around the neighborhood. Or you can pick up a Patek Philippe Grand Complication Perpetual Tourbillon and wait for someone to ask for the time. Generally speaking, expensive audio equipment isn’t nearly as good a bet when it comes to “pride of ownership” (otherwise known as “showing off”). You just can’t take your new French monoblock tube amplifiers or four-box digital ...

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