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Beethoven: Fidelio
Beethoven: Fidelio
Price: £16.51

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic, 24 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Beethoven: Fidelio (Audio CD)
There is no shortage of wonderful recordings of this opera - Can we live without the mighty characterisation and rock solid vocals of C Ludwig and J Norman? How about the sublime performance of the lead role by Gundula Janowitz? The unforgettable dungeon aria by Jon Vickers? The near-definitive conducting of the score by Klemperer? But how about a new recording with 21st century sound and recording quality? Well, we should not be looking for pale imitations of historical giants of the work. Indeed, this recording by Abbado is redolent of the golden age of new opera recordings in the 90's (accepting this is not a studio recording), which gives listeners the rare pleasure of re-discovering a known classic- forcing you to hear the opera anew. Stemme's Fidelio/leonora may not please everybody, but her dark and deep soprano is solid, dramatic, heroic and tender in turns. To me, Koffman's Florestan is so characterful and dramatised that his interpretation sets itself quite apart from others. The supporting roles are all very well done. The orchestral sound and the recording balance are first class and Abbado's conducting is probably the crowning glory of the disc. It is as if i am hearing this wonderful opera for the first time, again. This has to be a modern classic.
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La Roux
La Roux
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Price: £5.90

20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of pop's most refreshing releases in recent years, 30 July 2009
This review is from: La Roux (Audio CD)
I am 42 and have been in love with music since my childhood. I am deeply passionate about a very wide variety of music, from serious classical music to opera, lived through the 80s with the the New Wave movement, then Madonna and Pet SHop Boys formed the soundtrack of life from the 90s on; discovered trance and danced till it died in the 21st century.

I still buy CDs and always try to keep up with pop other than those from winners of TV talent shows. Why is all this relevant? Let me say this, this album is one of the most refreshing pop releases in recent years!! Yes she has got an odd voice, yes, the lyrics are odd, yes, she looks odd, yes, at first and second listen many of the tracks share similar beats and even chords. But this girl knows how to put a catchy tune together. Remember when songs used to be about melody and tune? This is like the 80s all over again. What were the better pop releases in the past year or two? Sasha Fierce? E=MC2? Day and Age? Funhouse?The Sweet Escape? Relapse? Count La Roux in! Give it a go, don't take it too seriously, and treat your ears to some catchy tunes again.

Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic)
by Haruki Murakami
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.29

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 5 Jun. 2007
A modern classic no less. The power of Murakami lies in the simplicity of prose, the juxtaposition of the mundane and the extraordinary, the relentless gear-shifts from a tedius bus ride to magical surrealism, punctuated by plenty of deadpan humour, zen, philosophy, music and literary cross-referencing. It is hard to believe you are not reading the book in its original language. The translation itself must surely rank as a major literary achievement. The prose ebbs and flows beautifully in sharp stylistic contrast to Salman Rushdie or Ian McEwan (which i equally love). In musical terms, it is almost reminiscent of the comparison between the dreamy passages of Debussy or Chopin and the complexity of a gigantic Mahler symphony.

If you are seeking a life-enhancing experience, open your mind, read the book (and all of his ouvres) and you shall be very richly, sensually, and other-worldly rewarded!

3-Iron [DVD]
3-Iron [DVD]
Dvd ~ Seung-Yeon Lee
Price: £10.00

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual and sensual Korean treat, 13 Dec. 2005
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This review is from: 3-Iron [DVD] (DVD)
The minimalistic dialogue and mesmerising silence draw the audience to the superbly acted visual and sensual treat. It is quite an experience to be so deprived of sound and to let your eyes and imagination follow the slowly unfolding and unusual story. In turns poignant, humane, unpredictable, balletic and ultimately a love story I think.. I highly recommend it.

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