What music is best for an Audiophile Society Meeting?

We are auditioning the Piega P10 loudspeakers and a great system including Audio Tekne and Audiomeca at the NY Audiophile Society Meeting on Oct 26th. We have been asked to bring a selection of music with us. What, in the opinions of those who have been to such meetings, would be the best type of music to bring along? A wide selection, a particular outstanding song or CD, or maybe a certain style of music that suits the atmosphere ~ what do you think?
We do regular audiophile society meetings here and there are a few selections that have really worked in evaluating systems.
1. Janis Ian, Breaking Silence (preferably LP) great vocals and soundstage throughout. Tatoo is particularly good. Kick drum on this train still runs is also very good.
2. Rutter, Requiem on Reference Recordings Track 7 Pie Jesus. Great Soprano mixed with choral and organ. This can and will test those bottom octaves.
3. Goldberg Variations performed by Ito Emma on M*A label. One of the best piano recordings I've ever heard. A speaker that can get all the harmonics right on this 1907 Stienway D is a winner.
4. John Cocuzzi, Swinging and Burning on Mapleshade. Great Vibes--again a challenge for some speakers. 1st track is very good.
5. Ralph Towner and Gary Peacock, a closer view on ECM. Great harmonics off the bass and very good guitar.
6. One big symphonic work such as Mahler's 9th, Shostocovich 5th, Stravinsky's Firbird. I like Stravinsky on Sheffield LP.

There are many more. I could think of at least 6 very good substitutes for the Janis Ian, and many for most of the ones listed here--but this gives a good broad spectrum which is what I believe is needed for this type of meeting.

Have fun!
Let me add Mahler 5 with Basbirolli on EMI: great recordings of the century. Nice dynamics to test cones, ribbons et alia within reason: brother compressor has hit it too, with little pity. But still.

For speed & rythm, Jamiroquai: Synkronized 1st & "bonus" racks -- not for timbres, etc, this is sampled up, down left & centre. The production is quite good, however, & there's a lot of unexpected detail in the recording.

Have a nice time!
Find the most scratched up and dirty LP record you can find and really drive them nuts! One type of music missing from the list so far is electronic. Robert Rich has produced some nice recordings that are audiophile quality and will be a change of pace. Most major record stores carry them (Borders, Tower, Barnes & Noble) You can listen to samples and get a good look at his studio and equipment at his website www.amoeba.com
Barry Manilow.
It will drive them out of the room and you can knick some really nice kit.
Remember to keep the motor running and remove the license plates.
Greetings Hififarm - is that you, Steve?

Congrats on becoming a Piega dealer!

I'm also involved in the audio club here in New Orleans, and in my experience people get tired of hearing the standard audiophile fare (Diana Krall, etc) all the time. Something new is going to be more interesting, even if it doesn't give them as valid a reference point for making comparisons.

So spice it up with some obscure stuff you like! Here are a few discs I like and have used, though probably will not use again unless requested:

1. Fairfield Four, "Standing in the Safety Zone". Gospel quartet, incredible male vocals. Warner Brothers, 9 26945-2.

2. Amanda McBroom, "Growing up in Hollywood Town". A Sheffield Lab direct-to-disc analog recording, Amanda's vocals on "The Rose" will bring tears to your eyes. She wrote the song, Bette Midler slaughtered it. Sheffield CD-13.

3. Seth Kaufman, "Circling Noon". Superb solo piano recording by an innovative artist (who happens to be a friend). On Cascadilla Records (hard to find), CDLA2365.

4. Berlioz "Symphonie Fantistique", Atuauflo Argenta conducting the Paris Conservatoire Orchestre, recorded in 1957 (on tube gear, of course). Use the 5th movement. London, 452 305-2.

If you can't find the Amanda McBroom, you might try the late Eva Cassidy's "Songbird", on Blix Street Records, G2-10045. The first cut, Sting's "Fields of Gold", will rip you heart out.

Since it's a club meeting, don't be too offended if people want to talk and mill around. Also, there's an excellent chance people will bring things they want to hear, and I always give requests priority over whatever might have been on my agenda.

With speakers like the Piegas, might as well show off how good they sound at low volume too, since many married or apartment-dwelling audiophiles do their serious listening late at night at low volume levels.

Wish I could be there!

When we had a NYAS member visit our meeting with the NJ Audio Society he remarked on how much more classical music we played at our meetings than they did. I'd suggest you bring really what you think sounds best on the speakers and maybe some of the audiophile standards noted above. The Reference Recordings series with the Minnesota Orchestra has many good, shorter pieces (Bernstein's Candide Overture, The Sorcerer's Apprentice on Mephisto & Co., the Kabelevski on Bolero); Delos has a number of excellent discs, including the Dvorak Requiem disc and the Mahler 2, and Harmonia Mundi has plenty of great recordings (try Arias for Cuzzoni with Lisa Safer and the Philharmonia Baroque). All of these will sound great on a good system such as the one you'll be showing. Let me know if you'd like to do a similar demo for us over here in New Jersey some time, we're always looking for interesting programs.
Well slight change in plans ~ there is a new dealer signing on near NY that will be attending the demo ~ but thanks for your suggestions and we'll pass them along. This has been very helpful and gives us a good idea of what to have on hand in the showrooms as well! Thanks again!