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Sassy At Ronnie's
Sassy At Ronnie's

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless, 9 May 2014
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This review is from: Sassy At Ronnie's (Audio CD)
This is a superb collection by the Divine One, recorded when vocally she was in her prime. Great intimate,clubby feel to the recording and fine support from her trio. A wonderful collection of standards including a knockout Gershwin medley. This is a very welcome addition to my extensive collection of CD's by this peerless artist, which covers her career from the early 50's to the 8o's.
Quite simply the greatest jazz singer of all time.
A word of warning; the breathtaking version of "Every thing must change" that is posted on Youtube and is said to be on this recording from Ronnie's is not included.


Brubeck
Brubeck
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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable addition to Brubeck collection., 31 Oct 2013
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As a Brubeck admirer for the last 56 years I came to this album via Jazz Record Requests on the BBC radio, although I new of it. Having a pretty extensive collection of the Brubeck groups work this collection by the Liam Noble trio has become a valuable addition. Nobles interpretation of these familiar works is a revelation; original and exciting. Worth buying for the amazing, bluesy Sixth Sense alone. It reminds one of what a great blues piano player Dave was, something that is very often unacknowledged


Puccini: Il Trittico [Opus Arte: OA1070D] [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] [2012]
Puccini: Il Trittico [Opus Arte: OA1070D] [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] [2012]
Dvd ~ Lucio Gallo
Price: £19.76

5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets?, 19 Mar 2013
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This was a landmark production for the Royal Opera and I don't think I'll see a better one. Cast to perfection in all three of the sections with the orchestra under the baton of Pappano, surely the finest interpreter of the Italian repertoir in the world today, it doesn't put a foot wrong. The production of the middle opera Suor Angelica, in particular, is a revelation. The seering performances of Ermonela Jaho as Angelica and Anna Larson as the Countess lift this (usually) sickly sentimental tale into the realms of tragedy. It's well directed for the DVD too, without the use of too many close ups.


Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [DVD] [2009]
Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Dmitri Tcherniakov
Price: £29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect production., 19 Mar 2013
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I saw this production live at Covent Garden a few years ago and was totally blown away by it. One of my favourite operas, I have seen more productions of this work than any other and seeing this I thought was almost like seeing it for the first time, Tcherniakov has stripped away all sentimentality, as Dmitri Jurowski has from the score. What we get is complete honesty and an interpretation that goes back to Tchaikovsky's intentions, making every turn in the plot logical and understandable. The cast is perfect, especially Tatyana Monogarova as Tatyana, her transition from naive young girl to sophisticated society wife is extraordinary.
A word of warning, this production is not for everybody. When I saw it at the ROH I almost came to blows with my neighbour who absolutely hated it! If like me you feel that opera at it's best is total theatre, then this is for you.


Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera
Puccini: Madama Butterfly (Metropolitan Opera
Dvd ~ Patrick Summers
Price: £15.99

22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best ever Butterfly live performance on DVD?, 28 Dec 2011
I give my review a questioning title because how would I know, but make no mistake this is a great production made greater by superlative performances all round. Although Anthony Minghella had died by the time this was recorded in 2008(The production started its life in 2006 at the English National Opera)his expert theatrical hand can still be detected in the performances of all the cast. The strength of this highly stylised production is that it is contrasted by totally naturalistic acting. Not an "opera actor" to be seen on this stage!
The Butterfly of Patricia Racette is breathtaking. Even with the usual over use of the film(TV?)directors closeup, revealing that she is certainly not 15 years old she is, dramatically, utterly convincing and vocally perfect. In 35 years of opera going I have not seen a better performance of this role.
Maria Zifchak's knowing Suzuki is sung beautifully but it is her relationship with Cio-Cio-San that makes it heartbreaking. Not the wasted character as usually portrayed
We have quite a sympathetic Pinkerton in this production, sung by Marcello Giordano in fine voice, the same being true of the Sharpless of Dean Croft. His letter scene in act2,with Ms Racette,is a triumph for them both. But don't forget to keep one eye on Suzuki.
The controversial aspect is the use of puppetry. Though not to everyones liking, this viewer bought into it after about 30 seconds! They are superb and Sorrow is so convincing, that I don't ever want to see a real 3 year old(however cute!)on stage again.
Oh, and for those who may be coming to this opera fresh, a reminder, you will need at least one box of tissues!
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Monteverdi - L'Orfeo / Trisha Brown, Rene Jacobs, La Monnaie [1998] [DVD] [2006]
Monteverdi - L'Orfeo / Trisha Brown, Rene Jacobs, La Monnaie [1998] [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Simon Keenlyside
Price: £22.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique L'Orfeo, 9 Nov 2009
For Monteverdi purists this Trisha Brown production must be a bit of a shock! Rather in the way that the Glyndebourne, Peter Sellars production of Handel's Theodora was a few years ago. But as in both productions, love or loathe the stylised movements of the players, the performances of the,in both cases,sublime music make them a must for the lover of the baroque.
Trisha Browns choreography here can't really be called dance, more a series of complicated, intricate moves that she has all the players (dancers and singers!)performing. To these eyes, some of this is baffling and some beautiful but there is no denying that a lot of the imagery is very powerful. The singers in particuler must be commended; she has her Apollo, in act 5, not on a cloud but strapped to a vertically revolving sun!
The great Simon Keenlyside is Orfeo and in this production, recorded in 1998, I can think of no one who could fill his shoes. He says in the accompanying, very interesting "Making of" disc, "I am not a dancer". Well he gives a pretty good impression of one, he has a natural athletic grace on stage, which comes through in all his performances, but perhaps never more so than here (I haven't seen his Winterreise yet). As to the voice, it is very interesting to compare it to the 11 year older voice of today. It has become so much darker, which is why he is now singing more Verdi,I guess. I wonder if he would still be able to take on this role? For me his Monteverdi is superb, the flexibility is astonishing. Listen to the aria in act three, "Possente spirto" persuading Charron to row him accross the Styx, breathtaking, I'd have rowed him accross the Atlantic!
Thinking about it the 5stars are for Keenlyside but still 4stars for everything else.


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