User Details - garthoz


  Garry Wood
  Retired High School Teacher, specialising in Mathematics and Science
I am passionate about classical music and jazz and have been a collector of recorded music for 50 years.
Have done some choir singing.
South Australia
  Primare SPA20 surround Processor & Amplifier
Marantz Super Audio CD/DVD Player DV8400
VAF Signature I-66, front speakers
VAF Signature I-91, centre speaker
VAF icon195, surround speakers

Found: 5

Pergolesi: Stabat Mater - Florilegium          (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
  July 18, 2010

This is a welcome opportunity to hear something of the output of Giovanni Battista Pergolesi (1710-1736); yes, died at age 26 years. The feature piece is Stabat Mater (Latin for "The sorrowful mother") which is based on a 13th century text in the form of a meditation on the sufferings of Mary as she ... more
American Spectrum - Llewellyn        (6 of 6 found this review helpful)
  May 9, 2009

What a rewarding and entertaining program this is, entertaining in the sense of exciting the senses and imagination while in no sense precluding the possibility of a more intellectual engagement with these compositions. We might expect modern American music to be parochially new world and bold, even ... more
Shostakovich: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 9 - Kreizberg          (7 of 9 found this review helpful)
  March 4, 2009

I felt inspired to bring this disc to the fore once again. It is absolutely amazing. If you love Shostakovich or feel tempted to try his symphonies then I am compelled to recommend this disc to you. The 5th is most comprehensive and accessible, while the 9th is very entertaining. The coupling is ... more
Mahler: Symphony No. 2 - Fischer          (6 of 7 found this review helpful)
  March 4, 2009

So this is how good recorded music can sound on a home system! How far we have come following Edison's invention! Considering the huge scale of this work, this must surely be a state-of-the-art production. The thought crossed my mind that listening to this was better than attending a live concert. ... more
Handel: Concerti Grossi Op. 6 - Arte dei Suonatori        (8 of 9 found this review helpful)
  November 26, 2008

What a delicious experience this set is. The music must rate with Handel's best, the performance is first class and the recording is of a very high standard. I find myself returning to these discs over and over for a refreshing and entertaining experience; I'm confident that any lover of baroque ... more

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Discussion: Adams: Harmonielehre, Short Ride in a Fast Machine - Michael Tilson Thomas
February 8, 2012
The opening is rather bold because of the image that inspired the composition. "Adams has stated that the piece was inspired by a dream he had in which he was driving across the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge and saw an oil tanker on the surface of the water abruptly turn upright and take off like a Saturn V rocket."[Wikipedia]. I see the ... more
How many of you are - actually - SACD-ONLY buyers???
February 4, 2009
Hi Robert (of BIS fame). I address the question you asked in your original posting. I am an incurable audiophile and now purchase only SACDs. I know they too can be of variable quality so I scan the reviews before I purchase. But given the quality of my playback equipment and my quest for the best possible sound reprodustion I must now always look ... more