Charles Richard-Hamelin: Chopin; Music from the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition, Warsaw [2 CDs]

Charles Richard-Hamelin: Chopin; Music from the 2015 Chopin Piano Competition, Warsaw [2 CDs]

I sat listening intently during the 2015 Women's Musical Club of Toronto Career Development Award competition. The musical quality was so high, I wished I was on the jury. However, my vote was a simple act. Charles Richard-Hamelin, piano. As he played Chopin's Sonata No. 3, I watched a refined artist seemingly at the top of his form. It was a brilliant performance. And it turns out, he didn't need my vote!

My Top Ten Loudspeakers

My Top Ten Loudspeakers

This list is notable for an omission rather than the actual list. The lead photograph, Peter Walker's ubiquitous Quad Electrostatic Loudspeaker [1957] is the grandaddy of loudspeakers, the big cheese. Any list without it cannot be taken seriously, right? Well, I'll leave that up to you. It is an incredible speaker with a fanatical following and an almost royal lineage, but it would only make my honourable mentions along with speakers from Royd, mbl, Burmester, Vienna Acoustics, Rockport Technologies and a myriad of others.