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Bullets & Lullabies [Double CD]

James Rhodes Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (13 Dec 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Warner Bros. Records
  • ASIN: B004BOJM9Q
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Le Tombeau De Couperin : VI Toccata 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Etudes De Virtuosité Op.72 : No.6 In F Major 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Piano Sonata No.18 In E Flat Major Op.31 No.3 : II Scherzo 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Piano Sonata No.3 In B Minor Op.58 : IV Presto, Non Tanto 5:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. In The Hall Of The Mountain King Op.23 2:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Grande Sonate Op.33, 'Les Quatre Âges' : I Vingt Ans 6:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Etude For The Left Hand In A Flat Major Op.36 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 10 Preludes Op.23 No.10 In G Flat Major 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. La Plus Que Lente 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lyric Pieces, Book 2 Op.38 : No.1 Berceuse 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Piano Concerto No.1 In E Minor Op.11 : II Romance10:20Album Only
Listen12. Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte 7:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suite Bergamasque : III Clair De Lune 5:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. 3 Piano Pieces Op.117 : No.1 Intermezzo In E Flat Major 6:42£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

BBC Review

Bullets & Lullabies is a two-CD album that allows you to pick the disc to suit your mood. Disc one features fast and furious "Bullets", whilst the second disc of "Lullabies" is the gentler option. According to Rhodes, the album could have just as easily been called "Uppers and Downers" or "Cocaine and Benzos", a statement which pretty much sums him up.

Rhodes burst onto the music scene at the end of 2008 with his debut album, Razor Blades, Little Pills and Big Pianos. It was a racy title for what was a serious classical programme of works by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Moszkowski. It's a similar dichotomy when you see him onstage – a floppy-haired, skinny-jeaned and t-shirted figure, enthusiastically describing his feelings about the music with the aid of a few sex-themed jokes. However, when he starts to play, it's an intensely classical programme with not a whiff of a crossover number. No wonder Warner Bros. Records have just snapped him up as their first ever classical musician. It's proper classical music, but in an overwhelmingly accessible package that screams mass market youth appeal.

So, on to Bullets & Lullabies, and it's the Lullabies that are more successful than the Bullets. With the latter, the passages of lightning-fast runs sometimes feel out of control, morphing into a sort of high-end fisticuffs between Rhodes and the music, as the one battles for supremacy over the other. The chief weapon in Rhodes' arsenal, other than sheer passion, is the pedal, and its heavy use occasionally renders passages a wash of loud noise. It's particularly noticeable in Ginzburg's arrangement of Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King, and in Blumenfeld's Etude for the Left Hand, Op.36. However, once on to the Lullabies and away from the finger pyrotechnics, Rhodes is on firmer ground. Mily Balakirev's arrangement of the "Romanza" from Chopin's E minor Piano Concerto is a high point, playing to Rhodes' talents for making a melodic line sing, and for deftly defined ornamentation.

To a certain extent, it doesn't matter that this isn't the best piano playing in the world. It's a nice programme of works, snappily packaged. To that end, it's immensely appealing. Buy this for the classical-shy, although perhaps not for Alfred Brendel fans.

--Charlotte Gardner

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one yet! 5 Jan 2011
Format:Audio CD
James Rhodes's third album is, in my view, his best one yet. A double CD but each disc holds up as a separate collection of music of the highest quality. But take them as a pair and you get some idea of the bi-polar nature of this remarkable pianist, but it is not as polarised as that - the range of emotions evinced by this assortment is not as black and white as the packaging! All human life is contained within this programme of pieces - some of which you will recognise at once, others you will grow to adore. Regardless of Mr Rhodes's extraordinary journey into his present incarnation, the playing stands as some of the finest you will hear by contemporary performers. If you learn of his troubled past, it makes the beauty emanating from your speakers all the more miraculous. I have nothing short of admiration for this man - the melancholy of his 'Clair de Lune' haunts me long after the track has ended.

Buy it and love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, some classical with a bit of a soul 22 Jan 2011
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I noted the 3 star review for this album which said that the recording and playing was poor and although i'm not high brow enough to be able to analyse the quality of playing, it sounds great to me. The quality of recording isn't 100%, i've got to say, i'm running an asus DX sound card and come sennheisser HD555 headphones and on one or two tracks i can hear some noise in the background when few notes are being played but this isn't noticeable once the track gets going.

On to the reason for the 5 stars and the odd review title. James Rhodes chose these songs himself, not because they're hard to play or because they're popular and would sell well but because he wanted people to hear him playing these tracks. The track selection is very personal and genuine which gives the whole album a much more emotional and heartfelt feel to it than almost any other album i've heard. It's very accessible as the CD comes with a short on why each song was selected and a bit of background on the original artists said by James Rhodes himself, shows he can be bothered which is a nice touch.

If you're just getting into or want to get into classical music then this is a brilliant album, it's accessible, has a bit of soul to it and James Rhodes is quite genuinely enthusiastic and totally besotted with the music, this is passed on to the listener in every way. This album is a bit different form most other classical albums of today, it feels more organic, he's playing because he wants to, not because it's his job to.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Aussie fan 15 Nov 2011
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I heard James Rhodes being interviewed on radio in Sydney, Australia and was intrigued enough to purchase several of his CDs and I'm so very happy that I did so. His interpretations on all 3 CDs is as good as I expected from the interview!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 12 Nov 2013
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An excellent choice of music: CD1 is active, powerful and passionate, played in James' beautifully unique and expressive style; CD2 is then soft, romantic and meditative - and if anything, even more deeply felt. The French Suites in particular are just gorgeous...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this pianist 20 Sep 2013
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When I listen to James playing I find the music and the way he uses the piano with such passion wonderful.
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