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Musical series – part 5 – Beethoven

Ask someone to sing the first thing that spontaneously comes to mind when you hear the words “classical music” and chances are it will be “ta-da-da-daah. The famous opening of the fifth symphony by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Intercontinental Ensemble – In Motu

It’s weird to start a review of an album with how it sounds, but there’s a good reason for it. It may be well known by now that the TRPTK label puts out good sounding albums. At Alpha Audio, music experience is our focus, but we write a lot about how to best do that […]

Musical Series – The Classic Top 400

The classic Top 400 is broadcasted on NPO Radio 4. The Top 400 is the classic counterpart of the Top 2000, with the difference that the list is shorter, while there are centuries of music to choose from instead of decades. A Top 4000 would be more appropriate, but anyway…

Musical series – part 4 – Minimal Music

Minimal music stands to a symphony as dance stands to hard rock. It is a movement that has brought great innovation to Western music.

Musical series – part 3 – I’m going to France

Cycling fans who listen to Radio Tour de France know that every year the song “I’m going to France (I’m never coming back)” by the Amazing Stroopwafels is played several times. If you’re in a traffic jam you certainly think so! There are many musical reasons to move to France and I want to show […]

Basilova, Napolov, Fridman - Obscure Atlas

Obscure Atlas SG-3 and Heliopause

From the edge of our solar system to the center of our earth. Two musical journeys that take us to places we won’t otherwise go.

Musical Series – The voice – Part 2

We all possess an instrument: our voice. I know of no other instrument with which you can evoke as many diverse emotions as a voice. A voice can scare you, but it can also enchant you.

Musical Series – Sunday morning music – Part 1

The first article in a series, at least that is the intention. Readers of this website have, I assume, chosen their equipment with care, in search of sound that can enrapture them. As a music omnivore, I listen to everything, but I grew up with a preference for classical music. In this series, I hope […]

Review Taylor Swift: Evermore

If there was one positive element to pick up this past, bizarre period then perhaps it was that people had a little more time for themselves and for others. Although an abundance of time is not optimal for everyone, it certainly gave a creative impulse to many artists


Concertgebouw Orchestra conducted by Riccardo Chailly – Symphony no.3 by Prokofiev, Arcana by Varèse and Zavod by Mosolov.

Yes, Alpha-Audio is going to review classical music! After no-go’s such as vinyl, tube amps and horn speakers penetrated Alpha-Audio’s test benches earlier this year, it’s now classical music. As is often the case, a loyal Alpha reader pointed out to us that we don’t pay attention to classical music in test tracks, while this […]