Grado Labs Statement v2 Cartridge

Grado Labs Statement v2 Cartridge

Most audiophiles have a similar story to tell as the one I hereby offer as the lead to this review: One day some months ago, a friend came by excited to play on my turntable what he said was a very fine LP. When the tone arm dropped, all we heard was a loud screeching sound, no music. Close inspection revealed that ‘someone’ had meddled with the diamond tipped needle, and like an acrobat it was now in a most contorted configuration, bent 180 degrees with some cute wiggles too. The needle cracked off shortly after.

Although my 3-year old daughter admitted that she was to blame, she had such a logical and endearing explanation for her action that of course I could not take her to task except to make her promise never again to 'mess around with Papa’s stereo system'. [I introduce to you, fellow audiophiles, Karl Sigman, the most patient man on the planet - Ed]

Hans Abrahamsen: let me tell you; Hannigan; BRSO; Nelsons; 180 gram LP

Hans Abrahamsen: let me tell you; Hannigan; BRSO; Nelsons; 180 gram LP

Toronto's Barbara Hannigan is a musical force of nature. Not only is she the preeminent soprano for modern lieder and opera, she is developing a career as a conductor, too. 

let me tell you is a song cycle for soprano and orchestra by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen. It was commissioned by the Berlin Philharmonic for Hannigan and is dedicated to her.

The text is based on Paul Griffith's novel of the same name. Griffith gives his main character, Ophelia, as she tells her tragic tale, the same limited vocabulary as Shakespeare provided in Hamlet --  481 words.