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Classic FM Hall of Fame Gold - 3 CDs of the Greatest Classical Music
Classic FM Hall of Fame Gold - 3 CDs of the Greatest Classical Music

28 of 77 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lazy compilation from the most appalling radio station, 4 Sept. 2003
Classic FM routinely displays a lack of respect for music and encourages laziness in investigating repertoire. This trashy compilation is no exception. Hackneyed excerpts are presented out of context, along with dull bits of the scores from recent Hollywood blockbusters. This sort of attitude drags serious music down to the level of advertisement soundtrack wallpaper, part of the vacuous consumer lifestyle epitomised by Classic FM's anti-intellectualism. Serious music demands serious attention - a self-respecting audience deserves better. Therefore, steer clear of this tripe, head for the genuine classical music racks and if you are newly investigating it, try a selection of bargains on the Naxos label (no frills, just the music). Find the name of a composer you enjoy, and instead of sticking with a three-minute clip, listen to an entire work (symphony, opera, concerto, quartet etc.) and evolve from there...
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Drowning By Numbers
Drowning By Numbers
Offered by Music-Finder
Price: £14.50

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best soundtrack ever made!, 4 April 2000
This review is from: Drowning By Numbers (Audio CD)
I am a VERY big Nyman fan, and I speak from experience when I say that this is one of his most impressive works, if not THE most. It is absolutely beautiful, based on Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin & Viola K.364. I have heard all of the other Greenaway soundtracks, most of the other soundtracks incl. new ones (Cold Room, A La Folie, Carrington, Piano, Gattaca, Wonderland, End Of Affair, Hairdresser's Husband, Ogre, etc.), and I have heard almost all of his solo music (Kiss etc., Concertos, String Quartets, Piano Concerto + MGV, Songbook, Noises Sounds Sweet Airs, Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat, And Do The Do/Zoo Caprices, Suit and the Photograph, etc.), and this work ranks among the very highest of all of them. Although I recommend all of Nyman's work, this has to come pretty high in the list. of the finest audio delights you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing!
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Wonderland: Music From The Motion Picture
Wonderland: Music From The Motion Picture
Price: £6.81

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent stuff!, 24 Mar. 2000
I have a slight bias towards Michael Nyman - I worship the ground he walks upon and enjoy all of his music almost before I have had time to think about it. However, this score has wide-reaching appeal, unlike some of Nyman's more obscure works. Basically, his work falls into two categories: music for everyone, and music for Nymanites like myself. This particular work is lush and stringy, and never harsh-sounding or difficult to appreciate. For other examples of Nyman's more accessible work, try Gattaca, the even-newer End of The Affair, Carrington and of course The Piano.

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