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Par Dompierre
Par Dompierre

3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant & Episodic, 23 Dec 2011
This review is from: Par Dompierre (Audio CD)
I had never heard any work by this composer until Classic FM played his Les Beautes du Diable which to my ears had strong possibilties - each item on this disc is well suited, even though it is a piano only cd, to be film music the mood changing quite regularly in a fairly disjointed fashion.

Worth while listening to - well yes - memorable - not very


Tous Les Matins du Monde
Tous Les Matins du Monde
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Price: 16.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Much has been said, 20 Dec 2011
I cannot recomend this disc more highly. Savall Figuerras et al do something very much more that a fine job - if you have never considered music from this era purchase this disc and be beguiled - this is not merely a film sound track. And if you have never listend to the sublime craftsmanship of Jordi Savall let this lead you into a very beautiful world.

La Sublime Porte / The Sublime Gate: Voices of Istanbul

Hispania & Japan: Dialogues

Jerusalem: City of two Peaces - Heavenly Peace and Earthly Peace (La Ville des deux Paix: La Paix celeste et la Paix terrestre)

Jean-Philippe Rameau: L'Orchestre de Louis XV (Le Concert des Nations/Jordi Savall)The Celtic Viol - An Hommage to Irish and Scottish Musical Traditions - Jordi Savall


Hillborg: Eleven Gates / King Tide / Exquisite Corpse / Dreaming River
Hillborg: Eleven Gates / King Tide / Exquisite Corpse / Dreaming River
Price: 14.46

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 21st Cenutry Man?, 20 Dec 2011
Delighted to say that a recomendation turned in to a delighful surprise. I am fascinated by this man's work and will play this to my younger brother (my favourite sounding board). The influences, I saw in an article cited at least Stravinski - probably. I certainly heard echoes of late romanticism Janaceck, Richard Strauss - also Vangellis- but then I have long felt that Vangellis fell into the classical frame (for me, maybe not you and certainly not all he has done some of which some is film music - eh Mr Korngold ) I really was enthused by King Tide / Equisite Corpse & Eleven Gates - but found Dreaming River a tad thorny, but that really is not a bad thing at all.
As to durability time will tell and at this moment I am worried that there are no more reviews - I though that there might be more enthusiasm, this man is very worthy of a lot more notice. Well what does it sound like - he floats a line and accentuates or diminishes to effect and there is a constancy of thought and frame of mind building his sound world within a semi pictorial framework or a perceived space as Buddist chant or a night raga or ghazal sets a developing mood.

I do have some modern favourites, but for me this man is the antidote to the miserable tonalities beloved of some youg composers, where music is a miserable force with lots of slammed doors.

Janacek: Sinfonietta. Glagolitic Mass. Concertino. Diary of one who disappeared. Piano works. Violin sonata. Capriccio

Blade Runner Trilogy 25th Anniversary

Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra / Till Eulenspiegels / Don Juan


Sunflower
Sunflower
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Price: 7.96

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUOER COOL CREATIVITY, 15 Dec 2011
This review is from: Sunflower (Audio CD)
This is the first Milt Jackson album I have owned and have been constantly enraptued by the superb playing and creativity - Jazz like Classical Music is one of the highest art forms. "What are you doing for the rest of your life" is a track on this album but the answer is perodically listening to this album - the other tracks are played with superb musicianship and are by turns subtle, complex and melodic. BUY THIS ALBUM - for your own sake.

One of the "CREED TAYLOR STABLE OF ALBUMS IS IN IT'S SELF A HIGH RECCOMENDATION"

Astrud Gilberto with Stanley Turrentine

Stone Flower
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Songs Without Words
Songs Without Words
Price: 9.99

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical, 15 Dec 2011
This review is from: Songs Without Words (Audio CD)
Do you sometimes want melody not the all embracing flowery stuff which can be good bad or indifferent, but top of the range creativity - try this disc to sooth your soul and not feel that the quality of the works are suspect.

These direct creations and also transcritions are wonderful, try the Schubert arr. Liszt to know that you what you will get - or just buy this as i did and be beguiled by Murray Perahia's playing, and that is just one of a dozen or more good reasons to own this disc.

Ohter discs with the same beauty are

Liszt: Harmonies du Soir

Martha Argerich and Friends - Live from Lugano 2010


La Sublime Porte / The Sublime Gate: Voices of Istanbul
La Sublime Porte / The Sublime Gate: Voices of Istanbul
Price: 15.28

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUBLIME INDEED, 5 Dec 2011
Again Jordi Savall has produced a disc beyond ones expectations. Indeed it was all that I would have hoped for and have looked for - that magical illusive sound of vocals and string orchestras that permeate the Western Euopean Conciousness and Sub Concious, often only maddening snatches are heard felltingly on film sound tracks. All sounds are freshly minted and it does not have the dusty creaky production values that some exponents of ancient ( said avdvisadly) music revel in to the detriment of their art.
I can offer no greater praise than those who are not familiar with this great artist and his wonderful collaborators could not have a better introduction to a very magical world

Istanbul: Dmitrie Cantemir: ""The Book of Science of Music"" and the Sephardic and Armenian Traditions
Jerusalem: City of two Peaces - Heavenly Peace and Earthly Peace (La Ville des deux Paix: La Paix celeste et la Paix terrestre)


Estudando A Bossa
Estudando A Bossa
Price: 14.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Entrancing, 2 Dec 2011
This review is from: Estudando A Bossa (Audio CD)
Thinking of renewables Tom Ze takes and uses the great tradition within Brazillian Jazz - puts his own slant on this particular form of Jazz and comes out producing an engaging album which I will go back to time after time

What else do I recommend - well try another Tom Ze disc - I know inevitably I will - but not to be mean see below

FLORIN PURIM /_500 MILES HIGH


From the Hot Afternoon
From the Hot Afternoon
Price: 7.16

4.0 out of 5 stars My Dear Mr Desmond I am writing this to you, 2 Dec 2011
This review is from: From the Hot Afternoon (Audio CD)
Thankyou so much for this Album From the Hot Afternoon which evokes so many memories of those Hot Afternoons and the joy of discovering this music - I had taken, as usual, a fancy, without knowing even who Paul Desmond was to the Album from A&M who was recording the likes od Senor Jobim as well - how the dividends were paid back in full for my financial outlay - I have now got back what was lost to being only on an LP. If you ever only listen to the track from which this offering takes it name you will be rewarded

Brubeck Plays Bernstein


Lamentazione
Lamentazione
Price: 10.11

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I will never Lament, 2 Dec 2011
This review is from: Lamentazione (Audio CD)
I will never lament I will happily let this disc, eloquently, do it for me. I could imagine myself in a great cathedral at dusk, incense rising to the roof and the congregation scattered across the seating around me, lost in their thoughts, joys and sadnesses. The performances are superb. Let this disc sooth you soul - below another disc to do the very same

Hispania & Japan: Dialogues


Concertos for various instruments
Concertos for various instruments
Price: 14.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 2 Dec 2011
This man has a wonderful individual voice falling within the Baroque genre. This sums up the spirit of the age - his concertos for various instuments is a gem - if you like Handel you will find this man beguiling. Purchase this disc if it is the only one you purchase for the next year


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