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A Classic Christmas - The Ultimate Collection of Christmas Classics and Carols
A Classic Christmas - The Ultimate Collection of Christmas Classics and Carols
Price: 4.97

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Erratum, 19 July 2005
I might well write my previous review of this album anonymously - the theme-tune for the TV coverage of the London Olympics is NOT the Bacchanale from Glazunov's 'The Four Seasons', but the music which the late Ron Goodwin wrote for the film 'The Trap'. The two tunes share an exhilarating,wintry feel, but that is no excuse. Apologies to Ron, and to any readers misled by my error!
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Dreamland
Dreamland
Price: 5.84

98 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding debut album, 2 July 2005
This review is from: Dreamland (Audio CD)
This is unquestionably the best debut album I have ever heard, and I have been collecting records for over forty years. Yes, Madeleine's voice is reminiscent of Billie Holiday, and it is apparent that she has been listening to Bessie Smith and the great blues divas, but she has a shining talent of her own. Listen to her version of Edith Piaf's 'La Vie en Rose' - others have tended to copy 'the Little Sparrow', but Madeleine gives it new life.
I have her second album, and it is not quite as good as her first, but that is no condemnation. I look forward to her third!


Esteban Sanchez Plays
Esteban Sanchez Plays

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music well played, shame about the production, 16 April 2005
This review is from: Esteban Sanchez Plays (Audio CD)
As far as I know, this is the only available complete version of the 'Recuerdos de viaje'(Journey Memories) played as written for solo piano - most guitar aficionados will be familiar with perhaps the best-known section, 'Rumores de La Caleta', and one of the supporting pieces, 'Torre Bermeja'. Although the sleeve-notes tend to write them off as minor works on the road to the composer's 'Iberia', these 'Recuerdos' and the other pieces which make up the album ('Sonata No. 5 in G flat', the early piece 'Pavana-Capricho', 'Tango in A minor' and 'Torre Bermeja'), are attractive pieces worth more than just a passing interest.
Forming a delightful Spanish travelogue redolent with the folk- and dance-music of the country, they are here given warm and brilliant treatment by Esteban Sanchez.
Such a pity then that the producers of the CD have provided no divisions between the 14 tracks, so that the listener is unable to dip into it - for example being obliged to play the whole 61 minutes 45 seconds to listen to 'Torre Bermeja', the final track.


Grit
Grit
Price: 9.65

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magnificent farewell, 2 Mar 2005
This review is from: Grit (Audio CD)
Knowing the background to this album - that here was a very gifted musician who knew that he was dying (tragically young), and who wished to put together one final creation which would sum up his life, a statement of who he was, where he came from, and what he stood for and believed in - I found listening to it a very moving experience. Lie easy, Martyn - you've succeeded magnificently.


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