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The Back Room [2CD]
The Back Room [2CD]
Offered by LuvFilmLuvMusic
Price: £4.89

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Special Branch? MI5?, 1 Aug 2005
This review is from: The Back Room [2CD] (Audio CD)
Well, they are the english Interpol...in as much as they seem to share common infuences (Joy Division etc...) Lyrically more self-consciously anthemic than the ultra-eliptical Interpol, Editors resort too often to a simple "repeat the phrase ad infinitum" chorus. Their sound is also slightly less sculpted than their great US counterparts (who are in my view the best band of the moment). All the same, Editors make a fine noise, and for anyone into Interpol or similar, this cd is recommended.


Scarlatti: Sonatas
Scarlatti: Sonatas

5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 20 July 2005
This review is from: Scarlatti: Sonatas (Audio CD)
Deservedly a recent BBC Radio 3 Building A Library first choice for Scarlatti recitals played on the piano, this is a fantastic record, which seems to me to capture something of the unique spirit and character of Scarlatti. A great complement to Pierre Hantai's vertiginous harpsichord recitals (especially vol 1).


Howard - The Village - Original Soundtrack
Howard - The Village - Original Soundtrack
Offered by Bargaindiscsltd
Price: £29.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 15 May 2005
How this score did not win an Oscar is beyond me (it was nominated). A major part of why the film was (in my view) such a major triumph, this stands up very well as pure music. Hilary Hahn is wonderful, any one who likes, for instance, Vaughn Williams' The Lark Ascending should give this a listen.


Robert Simpson: Symphony No. 11 & Nielsen Variations
Robert Simpson: Symphony No. 11 & Nielsen Variations
Price: £14.90

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic evolution, 14 Dec 2004
I have only caught up with this modern English composer with this, the cd of his final symphony. Actually it seems like a good place to start. The symphony is an intriguing work, which while clearly influenced by Beethoven, Sibelius, occupies its own individual sound and rhythmic world, large scale yet rhymically taut, and with an enigmatic quality, which the ending in particular brings out. It's as if the forces of creation are unleashed by a scientist/deity who then gets bored and gets rid of his evolving sound-world with a casual, almost jokey "flick of the hand" (Simpson's own analogy, as the booklet informs us). The Nielson Variations are a lot of fun, so an entertaining cd all round, and one that made me regret that Simpson did not live to complete his projected final choral symphony. Still there are 8 previous symphonies (and a stack of quartets) to explore, all on Hyperion, who on this cd are well up to their usual high standards of presentation and audio quality.


Villancicos y Danzas Criollas - De La Antigua al Nuevo Mundo
Villancicos y Danzas Criollas - De La Antigua al Nuevo Mundo
Price: £16.97

16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Style and Panache, 29 Nov 2004
This is good, foot tapping stuff. There is quite a lot of early south american music being recorded at the moment - check out Ex Cathedra and the Harp Consort - but Savall and co are always recommendable for the panache that they deliver this repertoire, and this is one of the best of their recordings that I have heard. A really interesting mix of Spanish and South American music, revealing influences and cross-cultural fertilisation - and most importantly, some really stylish performances.


Victoria & Lobo - Choral music
Victoria & Lobo - Choral music
Price: £13.90

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spanish Polyphony the Tallis Scholars way, 2 Nov 2004
Now there are many ways of performing this great music - full cathedral choir, boy sopranos, countertenors, with or without chant? - and I am not going to advance an opinion as to whether there is a right way. What I can say is that this is one of my favourite Tallis Scholars recordings - pure voices, women on the top lines, seemless blending, and a performance of this masterpiece of Renaissance polyphony which stands head to head with the very finest. Not the only way to do it, to be sure, but if you hear it then like me you will want to go on and explore this composer.


Biber; Muffat: Der Türken Anmarsch - violin sonatas /Holloway · Assenbaum · Mortensen
Biber; Muffat: Der Türken Anmarsch - violin sonatas /Holloway · Assenbaum · Mortensen
Price: £19.76

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Early Violin Virtuoso, 2 Nov 2004
The sequel to "Unam Ceylum", Holloway concludes his survey of Biber's violin sonatas - experimental, virtuosic masterpieces. Here they are given compelling performances - Holloway is an "early music" violinist of personality and no little panache. The continuo accompaniment of harpsichord and organ is just as effective - Assenbaum the organist has sadly died, and this cd stands as an apt testament to her artistry. The recording glows.


Nova Metamorfosi /Le Poème Harmonique · Dumestre
Nova Metamorfosi /Le Poème Harmonique · Dumestre
Price: £15.62

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hint of the Arabic, 2 Nov 2004
This is the most enjoyable "early music" cd I have bought for quite a while. The first piece, by Carissimi, marks this out as something special - the singing is acrobatic, pure voiced but tinged with ornamentation and effects that give this Italian music a hint of the arabic - really stimulating. The rest of the cd may not be quite as "out there" but the performances are all lively, articulate and compelling, and the program as a whole is well put together, themed around the musical "back to basics" strictures of the Council of Trent and the way that these were "metamorphosed" with ornamentation and other techniques by the composers of the day (as discussed in the booklet essay). Very highly recommended.


The Cure
The Cure
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Price: £6.84

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Surprise, 29 Sep 2004
This review is from: The Cure (Audio CD)
I have to say I had written the Cure off as an ex-band - and totally by surprise they come out with this stormer. It's definitely the Cure (God love them) but with just enough of a contemporary production to make this a step forward, not a wallow in nostalgia. And Smith is at his best on tracks like Lost and End of the World.


Scarlatti, D - Keyboard Sonatas, Vol 1
Scarlatti, D - Keyboard Sonatas, Vol 1
Price: £15.59

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 1 Mar 2004
I discovered this cd in a bricks and mortar retailer, on their "try this" station; I'll never forget the sensation as I put on the headphones and the sound crashed over me like a breaking wave. Scintillating and adrenalised, this is superb playing and I can't wait for volume 2


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