Ge­orge Gersh­win Rhap­sody in Blue (1959)

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Test Your Speakers -

To test dy­namic range The abil­ity to shift from ‘very quiet’ to ‘very loud in­deed’, whether it's a voice, a sin­gle in­stru­ment or a large-scale sym­phony orches­tra in full at­tack mode, is an es­sen­tial loud­speaker tal­ent. Few pieces of mu­sic demon­strate the dy­namic po­tency of an orches­tra like Gersh­win’s Rhap­sody in Blue. In­side the first two min­utes it switches from plain­tive pi­ano to strings/brass/per­cus­sion over­load and back again sev­eral times – and, ev­ery time, your speak­ers must make the switch in­stantly and with­out dis­play­ing any un­due stress. Which is not as easy as you might think.

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