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Ravel, Maurice: Miroirs and Sonatine; Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etudes-Tableaux.

Ravel, Maurice: Miroirs and Sonatine; Sergei Rachmaninoff: Etudes-Tableaux. Robert Hamilton, piano. Recorded ca. 2004; location not listed. Engineer: Mark Fuksman. 74+ minutes. Summit 382. (The actual album title is Robert Hamilton, Miroirs.)

There is a picture of the engineer in the booklet that came with this recording, and in the background is a speaker that looks like an old Heil AMT driver sitting on top of an enclosure that looks like it is holding some kind of old, Electro-Voice woofer/tweeter-horn driver. Well, maybe that is just kept on hand for machine-art reasons.

In any case, the performance is excellent and the piano sound here is quite good, although there is some background hiss that might be intrusive for some listeners. (It is most notable during the fades.) With stereo playback the sound stage is close up. With the classical/opera DSP mode available from any of my Yamaha processors, or with the DPL II option available from my main unit, the piano is moved further back into the hall.

Interestingly, the program notes for this release were written by Paul Harvey Jr., son of the famous radio broadcaster, and a noted broadcaster himself for many years. Harvey himself has an advanced degree in piano performance, and under the name Paul Aurandt had a twelve-year concert career and composed numerous musical works. And there you have the musical-trivia installment for this issue's Skeptimania column.
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