BBC review is appalling. Complete with full metal blinders on. I do believe Daniel Ross wrote this review prior to listening to the Titanic Requiem. Personally I found after listening, the mood set by the music was very passionate and moving. Something I have been listening to over and over again. Yes, I have a life- but every time I listen again, I am re-captivated by emotional energy, agony, despair, sorrow, the total catastrophe... Through this music, I feel I am there.
Come on Daniel, get your head out of your pompous, muted-eared arse. When at home and away from the real critics, give it a real go. You just might enjoy it!!
Titanic Requiem. I have listened to the complete CD a few times now and even though its my first venture into classical music I find myself thinking about what I must have been missing in all my years. After a few plays and when you get the feel of the complete CD it really pulls you in you in. I will be more than honest here and confess my reason for the interest in this venture is Robin Gibb. Robin lends his vocals to just one track and he doesn't fail. Using his gift for showing emotion with vocals and melody. Its a great example of his renowned talent. Before listening the rest of the CD didn't have me expecting too much from the Gibb pair. Let me say this is a compelling listen, I love Maiden Voyage, very haunting and gets into your head from first listen as does Sub Astris. Being from Ireland this CD could actually be about all the Emmigrants that had to leave Ireland for the US many many years ago. New York Suite is a beautiful piece and reminds me of what it must have been like in those bleak times.
Music is about listening to something that makes you fell emotion, could be happy , sad or whatever. Make no mistake here, this may have classical reviewers dising this, but in my opinion the Gibb pair have done a fantastic job here and I bet they are well pleased with the finished work. More please. This CD will be on my playlist for some time. Richard O Donoghue
I had the pleasure of listening to the whole Titanic Requiem, and I must say that the review of the BBC is absolutely unfair, and still very superficial. The work of Robin Gibb and RJ is instead full of vibrant emotions, transmitted to the listener with great ease. The apparent simplicity of the melodies and movements makes listening fluid, and this seems not a defect but a virtue. I believe that the review of the BBC is the result of an inexplicable prejudice against a great artist, who, in collaboration with his son, has once again demonstrated its immense capacity to create good music.
After listening to the album in total, I can only strongly recommend not to take this expert's (?) analysis as a guideline. You would really miss something if you let yourself be discouraged. I am neither an expert, most of all not in classical music, nor an analyst. I use to listen to music for enjoyment. And this music is pure enjoyment. It takes you in and carries you away. And it does not even need words to tell the story ... Obviously, Mr Ross, this listener is engaged. And confident to stay so for a while. Sorry, but for me your review is energy misspent.
I have had the opportunity to listen to about 6 tracks from this CD & have been blown away by the music & songs written by Robin & RJ. OK I am long standing Bee Gees fan but it is obvious that the BBC's "pompus reviewer" had a pre-concieved agenda & was not prepared to give a fair listen to music from these "Pop writers" who had the audacity to attempt to move into his sacred "classical" music area! Open your ears, remove those blinkers & give a balanced unbiased review or don't bother.
Just having received the CD and listening to it in multiple passes this Requiem has me hooked throughout. I have a problem with BBC's Daniel Ross' review which hints of musical snobbery. I should point out that while I do enjoy classical music, and have done for many years, I still consider myself a neophyte of the genre. What I do take from any musical piece is the emotions conjured up by the composer along with the arranger and, ultimately, the performer and in the case of The Titanic Requiem it delivers in spades. For Daniel Ross to be that dismissive of it says more about him than the music he is supposed to review.