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Bach: Piano Concertos (Snyr)
Bach: Piano Concertos (Snyr)
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Price: £21.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold and refreshing, 3 July 2013
I haven't heard these concertos sound this much fun in a very long time. If ever, actually. These are hugely enjoyable accounts. They have energy, sparkle, wit, intelligence. And there is clarity in abundance. And yes, they ARE fast. And in less imaginative and sensitive hands this kind of approach would probably seem relentless. But thankfully not so here. Stadtfeld is a formidable technician, make no mistake about it, but he is no mere virtuoso, far from it. If you like Argerich's Bach you'll love this.
Good programming too with the interspersed WTC excerpts (played in a dissarmingly direct fashion). Works well.
The sound is excellent.


OH (Ohio)
OH (Ohio)
Price: £8.33

5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album, 8 Feb. 2013
This review is from: OH (Ohio) (Audio CD)
There is nothing like Lambchop. In fact, there's nothing better. Unless you venture into the respective worlds of Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven... And so forth.
Sample tracks: I'm Thinking Of A Number and Sharing A Gibson With Martin Luther King Jr.


Damaged
Damaged
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Price: £5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars One of their very best..., 8 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Damaged (Audio CD)
... along with OH (Ohio) and Mr. M. There is nothing more touching or beautiful or deeply meaningful around in the field of (what used to be known as) popular music, than Lambchop.
Sample tracks: Paperback Bible and Prepared (2).


Mr. M
Mr. M
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Best band ever, period, 8 Feb. 2013
This review is from: Mr. M (Audio CD)
So good it's silly.
Not much of a review, I know. But anyway, listen to Gone Tomorrow, and you will catch my drift, as they say. Or you won't get a thing. And then this is not for you.


And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yo La Tengo's masterpiece, 8 July 2012
It's impossible to approach this record on any other terms but its own. Of course, you shouldn't really approach anything on other terms but its own. But hey, that's just the way we function. We need something to hold on to. Preconceptions are practical, for sure. We probably wouldn't be able to cope with this messed up world of ours (and the messed up lives we lead in it) if we didn't have them. But this one is out there on its own. There's just nothing like it. So don't even bother.

Also, this is one of those pop/rock/indie/alternative/orwhateveryouwannacallit albums that completely transcends its limitations, i.e. the limitation of being just a pop/rock/indie/alternative/orwhateveryouwannacallit album. Furthermore, it makes utter nonsense of our silly attempts to categorize this and pin down that. Yes, Yo La Tengo's influences are as obvious as always. They love their influences and have never been afraid to express that love. And yet, Yo La Tengo are nothing if not unique. You would never mistake them for anything else. And never has that been more true than on And then nothing turned itself inside-out. This is simply their bravest, most uncompromising and most beautiful effort yet.

So sit down, take a few deep breaths and listen to this album straight through (which is the only sensible way to listen to any good record). And when you get to the end of the last very long track and you don't agree with me that this is a masterpiece, well, then I can't help you.


Electro-Shock Blues
Electro-Shock Blues
Price: £5.49

5.0 out of 5 stars A seriously great album, 8 July 2012
This review is from: Electro-Shock Blues (Audio CD)
One of the truly great albums of the 90's, of any era. All of a piece. Devastating, beautiful, uplifting and unique. The emotional release in songs like Climbing To The Moon and P.S. You Rock My World is almost unbearable.

But don't listen to this record in bits and pieces. You wouldn't do that to a good book, would you?


String Quartet / Piano Cto / Concert for Violin
String Quartet / Piano Cto / Concert for Violin

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, 8 July 2012
This is quite simply one of the finest and most enjoyable Haydn recordings around. The two quartets are wonderfully played and the chamber versions of two early concertos are a very nice bonus. The interpretations are, in the best sense of the word, modern, yet these players display an innate understanding of the many facets of Haydn's genius. There is warmth, intelligence and profundity aplenty here. The Emersons with a heart, if you like. Okay, that was a bit rough, but I hope you catch my drift. The recording has a velvety quality (or is that the players?) that suits this young and talented group's music making very well indeed. Strongly recommended.


Quartets, Piano Concerto, Concerto
Quartets, Piano Concerto, Concerto
Price: £12.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful, 8 July 2012
This is quite simply one of the finest and most enjoyable Haydn recordings around. The two quartets are wonderfully played and the chamber versions of two early concertos are a very nice bonus. The interpretations are, in the best sense of the word, modern, yet these players display an innate understanding of the many facets of Haydn's genius. There is warmth, intelligence and profundity aplenty here. The Emersons with a heart, if you like. Okay, that was a bit rough, but I hope you catch my drift. The recording has a velvety quality (or is that the players?) that suits this young and talented group's music making very well indeed. Strongly recommended.


12 Sinfonie a Quattro
12 Sinfonie a Quattro

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caldara resurfaces, 8 July 2012
This review is from: 12 Sinfonie a Quattro (Audio CD)
Inventive, engaging, serious and deeply touching, this music came as a big surprise to me. Why isn't it better known? Well, a lot of music that deserves our attention isn't well known, of course. There is only so much time and there is plenty of old music around, right? But the sheer attractiveness of Caldara's 12 Sinfonie a quattro makes me wonder how on earth they could have slipped under the radar. They are all short and in either two, three or four movements, but Caldara's resourcefulness and sense of economy make them seem quite substantial. His contrapuntal skills make me think of Handel at his most entertaining and sometimes there is a gravity reminiscent of Bach. Caldara was a contemporary of Vivaldi and like Vivaldi he was born in Venice, so there is an obvious connection, but on this showing Caldara strikes me as a bit more clever and, well, fun! But most of all it is Handel that comes to mind. Learnedness and charm in equal measure, if you like. Anyway, you won't be bored. The Salamanca band may not be top notch, but they are right inside this rather wonderful music and the recording is excellent. Quite a find, in other words.


12 Sinfonie A Quattro (Sampedro)
12 Sinfonie A Quattro (Sampedro)
Price: £27.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Caldara resurfaces, 8 July 2012
Inventive, engaging, serious and deeply touching, this music came as a big surprise to me. Why isn't it better known? Well, a lot of music that deserves our attention isn't well known, of course. There is only so much time and there is plenty of old music around, right? But the sheer attractiveness of Caldara's 12 Sinfonie a quattro makes me wonder how on earth they could have slipped under the radar. They are all short and either in two, three or four movements, but Caldara's resourcefulness and sense of economy make them seem quite substantial. His contrapuntal skills make me think of Handel at his most entertaining and sometimes there is a gravity reminiscent of Bach. Caldara was a contemporary of Vivaldi and like Vivaldi he was born in Venice, so there is an obvious connection, but on this showing Caldara strikes me as a bit more clever and, well, fun! But most of all it is Handel that comes to mind. Learnedness and charm in equal measure, if you like. Anyway, you won't be bored. The Salamanca band may not be top notch, but they are right inside this rather wonderful music and the recording is excellent. Quite a find, in other words.


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