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Classics Explained: The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann)
Classics Explained: The Rite Of Spring (Siepmann)
Price: £13.56

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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Aboluterly amazing! Buy it.


The Sounds Of 'All Our Yesterdays' Presented by Brian Inglis
The Sounds Of 'All Our Yesterdays' Presented by Brian Inglis
Price: £14.31

4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Resource, 9 July 2014
I am 49 and I suppose that I am amongst the last generation to have the sounds of the past as part of my cultural lexicon. Chamberlain's announcement: "We are at War with Germany" and so on. For those that follow us they will be, not so much a living history, but part of the distant past. This CD is a great resource for teachers, radio makers and historians. My only critcism is that it was recorded as one track, this seems odd, but nevertheless a fantastic resource.


Henry Red Allen: Ride, Red, Ride! - His 44 Finest 1929-1962
Henry Red Allen: Ride, Red, Ride! - His 44 Finest 1929-1962
Price: £11.32

4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy the Ride, 25 Jun 2014
Henry 'Red' Allen born in 1924 in New Orleans was an awesome trumpeter. Here across 2 CDs you can hear 44 tracks from 1929 to 1962. That trumpet sings and cries and moans and blazes. A great selection accompanied by many great muscians and artists of the period.


Carmen Miranda: The Brazilian Bombshell - Her 28 Finest
Carmen Miranda: The Brazilian Bombshell - Her 28 Finest
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Bombshell, 21 May 2014
It would be easy to dismiss Carmen Miranda as a 'novelty' act. She was no such thing: leaving aside her musical talents, her fruity costumes and big personality, massively boosted sales of bananas to the US from Brazil! Although born in Portugal, she made her name in Brazil, before finding fame in the United States. 'Chica, Chica Boom Chic' is as fresh today as it was when Carmen first performed it in 1941 in the film 'That Night in Rio'. I also love her rendition of 'Chattnooga Choo Choo' - Glenn Miller is nowhere in sight: it's fast and fun and furious. Like Carmen herself.


Drop Me Off In Harlem: A Vintage Jazz Portrait - 25 Classic Tracks
Drop Me Off In Harlem: A Vintage Jazz Portrait - 25 Classic Tracks
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Collection of Talent, 21 May 2014
Duke Ellington; Fats Waller; Jerome Kern; Glenn Miller - these are the most famous names on this CD, but the talent is not restricted to just those artists. All the contributors are fabulous. Great playing, great singing and great emotion. It's a masterclass of Jazz. The word Vintage might be off-putting, instead read A Treasure-Trove of Jazz.
'Old Man Harlem' had me dancing in my seat and tapping my feet. This is followed by a smoky, heartbreaking rendition of 'There's a house In Harlem for Sale'.
A super CD.


The Beatles arranged by Lubos Krticka for String Quartet
The Beatles arranged by Lubos Krticka for String Quartet
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fab Four Refreshed, 23 April 2014
I know that for some people this will be anathema. It shouldn't work, but it does, really. Blackbird, with the addition of birdsong, is a real delight. The orchestration is brave and fullsome, tonally rich and complex the music of the Beatles is re-imagined for a past age. You will be able to hear the music of the Fab Four in a completely fresh way and that can only be a good thing.


Paco Peña & Eliot Fisk In Duo Recital
Paco Peña & Eliot Fisk In Duo Recital
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two as One, 16 April 2014
Guitarists Paco Peña and Eliot Fisk are divinely in tune with one another. Tremendously talented - both. A great range here too: the choicest being pieces by Bach and of course Manuel de Falla. But Scarlatti's Sonata K33 is beautifully rendered here. I can't wait to listen to this with a cold glass of wine on a hot summer's evening - bring it on!


Pete Seeger & The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time? - Their 28 Finest 1949-1953
Pete Seeger & The Weavers: Wasn't That A Time? - Their 28 Finest 1949-1953
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Time to Celebrate, 2 April 2014
Pete Seeger died in New York on 27th January 2014 at the grand old age of 94. Seeger used his 'voice - and his hammer - to strike blows for worker's rights and civil rights: world peace and environmental conservation' (President Obama - tribute).
This CD contains 28 of Pete Seeger's tracks from 1949-1953 with 'The Weavers'. Folk music created through the love of the form and the desire to make something original. Probably the most famous: 'If I had a Hammer' (1949) is included here. More traditional pieces, such as, 'When the Saints go Marching in' are also included. A fine CD and a fine time to celebrate a long life, well-lived.


The Boswell Sisters - Shout, Sister, Shout! : Their 52 Finest 1931-1936
The Boswell Sisters - Shout, Sister, Shout! : Their 52 Finest 1931-1936
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boswell Sisters - Bloomin' Great!, 2 April 2014
The forerunners to The Andrews Sisters, the Boswell Sisters are superb! What harmonies, what control! Full of zest, but never overblown, truly great musicians. Honing their talent in New Orleans they played between them: piano, cello, saxophone, trombone, violin, guitar and banjo. They also have beautiful lyrical voices. Over coming polio to become the driving force was Connie, who was also the lead vocalist. This CD brings 52 of their tracks together from 1931-36. A real treasure trove for the enthusiast and the merely interested alike.


The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: Their 54 Finest 1937-1952
The Andrews Sisters - Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy: Their 54 Finest 1937-1952
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Sisters know how to Boogie Woogie, 25 Feb 2014
The Andrews Sisters were America’s most popular female singing group. Patty, the youngest sister, headed the group with her strong vocals. The middle sister was Maxene, whose harmonic range was very impressive adding an extra dimension. Completing the trio was the eldest, Laverne.
It seems amazing that there are only 3 voices here, they create such a full sound. There are 2 CDs here and you get a great range of their work from 1937-1952. My favourite section is the one saluting Glenn Miller, especially the two wonderfully harmonised train tracks: 'Tuxedo Junction' and 'Chattanooga Choo-Choo'. The tracks on the second CD, featuring Bing Crosby, Al Jolson, Danny Kaye and Burt Ives, serve to remind us that they operated in very elevated company. Super sisters and a super CD.


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