Okay, let's face it. We all have busy days, and we can't all just sit at home in front of our stereo systems listening to fine music. Well, most of us can't, at least! A great deal of my music listening happens en route to and from work in my Honda, and while it's not exactly equipped with high-end audio equipment, it suits its purpose. I remember a passage from Robert Harley's The Complete Guide to High-End Audio in which he says that he also listens to a great deal of music in his car and that when you're in that setting, you just has to lower your expectations. Okay, you might not get that sense of spatial separation of instruments and wide soundstage, BUT if the music grabs you, that's all that matters, right?
Here's what has been playing in my car this week:
I discovered Jorge Federico Osorio only last year, when I read a number of reviews in Fanfare on his latest recording for Cedille. Being a huge fan of Debussy's piano works, I picked up this CD used on Amazon.com. It's been a real joy to listen to this pianist. The sound he creates on the piano is perfect for these works and is very nicely captured by the recording engineers. I'd say that it has an intimate sound to it, so that you feel that Osorio is playing for just you. Great for the evening drive home!