Peter Quantrill  |  Mar 10, 2022
A sense of both physical space and conceptual time is essential in order to realise fully the beauties of this essence of Englishness in music, says Peter Quantrill

It would be hard to overstate the impact of the Tallis Fantasia on both listeners and composers of the last 70 years, for many of whom it has opened a great wooden door on to both Vaughan Williams and a wider world of music that feels spiritual in character without being tied to a particular faith or religion.

Review: Mark Craven, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Mar 08, 2022
hfnoutstandingThe 'baby' of B&W's latest 800 series may be a compact standmount but it packs a good deal of the D4 DNA into its 'reverse wrap' enclosure. There's a walnut finish too...

There are standmount speakers, and then there is Bowers & Wilkins' 805 D4. Priced £6250, blessed with a suite of proprietary cabinet and driver technologies, and finished in a gorgeous blend of aluminium, leather and wood veneer or gloss paint, it's very much a premium proposition. Indeed, the idea here is that buyers either outpriced or out-sized by the floorstanding speakers in B&W's latest 800 Diamond range can still enjoy more than a taste of the hi-fi high-life.

Johnny Sharp  |  Mar 07, 2022
Johnny Sharp on the creation of the artwork for Elton John's 1975 album Captain Fantastic

Pride, it is said, comes before a fall. But when Elton John made a concept album at the height of his success, celebrating the journey he and lyricist Bernie Taupin had made since their first meeting in 1967, the old maxim didn't hold true. Not only did it become the first album to top the Billboard charts in its week of release, it would also prove to be a creative high-water mark for the songwriting partnership.

Review: Andrew Everard, Lab: Paul Miller  |  Mar 04, 2022
hfnoutstandingHandbuilt in Berlin, this preamp and monoblock power amp defies the industrial look, favouring instead an exquisite finish. And the sound more than lives up to the style

By any standards, the Noble series from Berlin-based MBL is a looker. The components aren't massive – in place of slabby high-end units wearing their audio prowess on their sleeve, as it were, both the £11,500 N11 preamplifier and the N15 mono power amplifiers, at £13,900 apiece, are relatively slender units. They are also immaculately finished in a choice of gloss black or white, with accents for the control elements available in either polished gold or palinux (silver), with black detailing also offered if you go for the white main colour.

Ken Kessler  |  Mar 03, 2022
This month we review: Etta James, Fàshiön Music, David Newman and Bobby Womack.
Ken Kessler  |  Mar 03, 2022
This month, we review: Michael Nesmith, Allman Brothers Band, Help Yourself and Gerry Rafferty.
Mike Barnes  |  Mar 03, 2022
This month we review: Robert Plant And Alison Krauss, The Curator, Hedvig Mollestad and Yova.
Steve Harris  |  Mar 03, 2022
This month we review: Johnathan Blake, Joey Defrancesco, Harvey/O'higgins Project and Hiromi.
Peter Quantrill  |  Mar 03, 2022
This month we review: Tonhalle Orch Zürch/Paavo Järvi, Trinity Hall Choir, Cambridge, Et Al/Andrew Arthur, Lilit Grigoryan and Martha Argerich.
Andrew Everard  |  Feb 28, 2022
This month we review and test releases from: Gidon Nunes Vaz Quartet, Patricia Barber, Jeff Tweedy, Sting and LSO/Marin Alsop.