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Last Chance Harvey [DVD]
Last Chance Harvey [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dustin Hoffman
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £3.18

3.0 out of 5 stars One for a rainy afternoon..., 12 July 2014
This review is from: Last Chance Harvey [DVD] (DVD)
The names drew me in. Hoffman is an undoubted 'great', and I've loved almost everything I've seen Thompson in, too. Hoffman does what is required of this small film, and while Thompson isn't unrecognised, at times her acting performance here reveals the effort, possibly because the script is thin - too thin, really, to lift this film above the generally pleasant. Hoffman's wedding scenes are genuinely uncomfortable, but unsubstantiated. His Willy Loman character could have had more depth, and Thompson is defined almost purely by her mother (the always excellent Eileen Atkins - another actress who deserves more than she ever gets), so that it is, when it comes to it, less character examination, and its more fairy tale than plausible drama. Enjoy it late at night, or on a rainy afternoon with nothing else to do.


Debussy: Nocturnes, Children's Corner, Bruyeres
Debussy: Nocturnes, Children's Corner, Bruyeres
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Price: £9.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten masterpieces, 12 July 2014
This has become one of my favourite discs, not least because of the recorded sound, which is spacious and lush, but because we get to hear Debussy's authorised orchestrations (all?) by his contemporaries and played so beautifully by the Philharmonia under Simon. Listen to Clair de Lune and revel in the sound. It doesn't replace the piano version, but it sure does offer a rewarding alternative. The Premiere Rapsodie is short and lovely and worth having, but again, listen to the delightfully orchestrated Petite Suite, and the Deux Arabesques. Altogether delicious.


Brahms - Symphonies Nos 1 - 4; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink)
Brahms - Symphonies Nos 1 - 4; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink)
Price: £15.80

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A FLAWED RECORDING, 13 Oct. 2013
This is a wonderful performance of the symphony, but it is marred by the sound. In my view, it is a serious problem, and the whole of the LSO Live venture is flawed by it. I wouldn't think to buy any in the series because of it. Engineers just cannot do anything about the sound of the Barbican Hall, which makes everything sound ass if its being played in a closet, albeit big enough for an orchestra. I suppose it suits some people, or they just don't care to have space around their recordings, and that the performance is enough for them. Decca and Chandos recordings cannot be beaten.


Istanbul: Memories of a City
Istanbul: Memories of a City
by Orhan Pamuk
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.24

5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and Melancholic, 20 May 2013
I read this book while staying in Istanbul for several weeks. It is a beautiful poetic, magical, and melancholic book, that made me love a city I loved, love it even more. The added bonus is having Ara Gulers photographs throughout. Pamuk's meditation on a childhood wherein he has absorbed not just the history of the city, but its texture, too, is touching and real. I am only sorry that, as Pamuk knows only too well, the city is changing fast: developing as a vast modern metropolis. I only hope that the city never loses its extraordinary charm, the charm that Pamuk does so well to describe and illustrate. A beautiful meditation, and a strong recommendation.


The Haunting
The Haunting
Price: £16.40

3.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying, 26 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: The Haunting (Audio CD)
The Haunting may not be up there with Goldsmith's greats, but has enough in it to satisfy, with simple, satisfying themes, and is genuinely haunting. The climax is awe inspiring.


Goldsmith: Malice Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]
Goldsmith: Malice Original Soundtrack [SOUNDTRACK]
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beguiling, 26 Sept. 2012
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Mesmerising score from Goldsmith. All together, not the most satisfying to listen to perhaps, as it responds, as it must, to the needs of the film, but the main theme, and parts of the score have great beauty, and is beguiling.


Shadow Ost
Shadow Ost
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Price: £19.98

4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Addition, 26 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Shadow Ost (Audio CD)
I only knew the main theme, but this has so much that is so good about Jerry Goldsmith's music. Its a shame the album is cluttered by so-so, third rate sample songs. Those aside, it has some astonishingly beautiful music, and is a worthy addition to a Goldsmith collection is you have one.


Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies
Prokofiev: Complete Symphonies
Price: £17.80

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT, 6 Aug. 2011
This must surely be one of the greatest of recording projects. Taken together, despite some wobbles with performances (as other reviewers have noted, the First Symphony isn't one of the best), this is the finest set of symphonic recordings, with a gorgeous, clear, spacious sound, and superbly crafted performances. This set serves the middle symphonies best perhaps, with the 3rd and 4th (original version) being the finest of all of them. They haven't been bettered. But, I turn to the 6th, surely one of the great symphonic masterpieces of the last century. No one captures the experience of modernity in all its dazzling colour, opportunity, speed and brutality than Prokofiev, and the 6th, which has all those qualities, is brilliantly captured here. I have always loved the 7th, as long as the 'jolly' ending insisted upon by the Soviet authorities isn't bolted on. Sadly, it is here, and I prefer to turn to Rostropovich and the Orchestre National de France on Erato, but it is still a fine performance. This set should be in everyone's collection. The highest recommendation.
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Prokofiev: The Symphonies 1-7 Complete
Prokofiev: The Symphonies 1-7 Complete
Price: £26.68

16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars SADDLED WITH POOR SOUND, 6 Aug. 2011
I attended the performances of these symphonies at the Barbican, and they were some of the most thrilling that I have sat through. Gergiev understands the territory well enough, even if he can push, pull, and drive them in a way that distorts much of their carefully woven orchestral texture.

It was a huge disappointment to find, when the recordings were released, that the acoustic, and the recordings themselves, rob the performances of what communicated the most. The Barbican centre is a marginal, flawed venue at the best of times, and it is to the LSO's discredit that, through their own LSO LIVE label, they have saddled themselves with recordings which no where near fulfill their own potential. And here, Phillips engineers do battle, and fail to fill the missing sound world that is so gloriously available in the Chandos Neeme Jarvi set. I cannot recommend this set.
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R R Bennett: Equus: film score [SOUNDTRACK]
R R Bennett: Equus: film score [SOUNDTRACK]
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £9.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL CHARGE, 6 Aug. 2011
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This has long been one of my favourite film scores. Rodney Bennet's score is a lyrical, sombre, and profoundly beautiful accompaniment to one of the finest plays, spoken here in part, by Richard Burton. It may irritate some to have the dialogue interrupt the music, but taken together, it is an emotionally charged experience. Highly reccommended.


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