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Corigliano, J.: Symphony No. 3, "Circus Maximus" / Gazebo Dances (University Of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin)
Corigliano, J.: Symphony No. 3, "Circus Maximus" / Gazebo Dances (University Of Texas Wind Ensemble, Junkin)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maximus symphony, 12 Aug. 2009
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The moment I heard the opening fanfare and the subsequent strains of fierce ambition I knew John Corigliano's Third Symphony "Circus Maximus" would be a fascinating tour de force. And I wasn't wrong. Entertaining throughout, feeding the listener with a robust mixture. Mischievous, comical, furious, dark, haunting, audacious, madcap, uncanny, bombastic etc - (I particularly like Night Music 1 where howling wolves are impersonated) ... It's difficult to know what more to say, other than it's a curious extravaganza of diversity well worth the entrance fee.


Holloway: Third Concerto for Orchestra
Holloway: Third Concerto for Orchestra
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music with a mysterious purpose, 11 Aug. 2009
A maze-like concerto: melancholic yet searching, containing a force-of-will that, on the one hand seems playful - characteristic of frisky bugaboos or lucky dice rolls, yet at the same time targets an aspect that seems to hanker for daunting darkness and clandestine manipulation: the terrain it covers is enchanted, though not necessarily with pleasant dreams. - Personally, I like to think of it as music that encapsulates a crow's strange consciousness......... Yes, imagine that -: a crow's strange consciousness.........???

Anyway, enough of this whimsy, Holloway's THIRD CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA is a long and deep work that drifts and weaves with a mysterious purpose through what I see as lush woodland and misty hollows, graveyards and unsafe viaducts - ha! 'Tis very good on all fronts. (Satisfying. Sumptuously gritty and grave. (Secretly extravagant.))

I recommend this mazy masterwork to anyone who has a liking for what might be called "dark pastoral" - that is to say, orchestral music which has a quality that searches for unobvious expressive ways yet which remains solidly tonal and meaningfully conservative. This is a concerto which could easily be mistaken for an experimental symphony: at once mysterious and fanciful, it takes the listener on a journey of strange ambition through shadowy terrain where the wanderer's dreaming-eye roams free.
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Giya Kancheli: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
Giya Kancheli: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extremes of feeling, 19 July 2009
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These two single-movement symphonies by Georgian composer Giya Kancheli generate extremes of feeling. Tranquil and nostalgic moments drift and soar like a gull on the wind only to intermittently nose-dive into triumphant and angry explosions of power and vitality. The result is stimulating to say the least. Enchanting then epic, beautiful then brutal, innocent then aggressive. In short: two entertaining symphonies of bracing dichotomies....


Nordgren: Symphonies 3 & 5
Nordgren: Symphonies 3 & 5
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Symphonic machinations, 18 July 2009
Two dark, introspective symphonies by the Finnish composer Pehr Henrik Nordgren. The 3rd symphony (in six parts) evokes the strain of disaster: soul-searching movements are interspersed with the desolate playing of a solo piano creating an overall vision of calamity then defiance. The 5th symphony (in one movement) reminds me of a vast underground factory: mechanical rhythms stop and start generating abstractions as if the listener were being led along a giant production line of strange workings and devices. To be sure neither work will fill your heart with joy, nor will they give you memorable melodies to hum, but if dark symphonica be the order of the day, then Nordgren could well fit the bill.


Pehr Henrik Nordgren : Symphonies 2 & 4
Pehr Henrik Nordgren : Symphonies 2 & 4
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the ruins, 7 Mar. 2009
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These two one-movement symphonies by the late Finnish composer Pehr Henrik Nordgren are guaranteed to please those who enjoy dark symphonic music. Both are roaming journeys through strange lands of shadow. A feeling of isolation and menace dominates conjuring post-apocalyptic visions or perhaps otherwordly adventures. Edgy, delicate, sinister, enigmatic and bleak: monochrome soundscapes that captivate.


Box Canvas Print of Paul Ross
Box Canvas Print of Paul Ross

35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just wonderful, 10 Dec. 2008
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I bought this for myself to put on my bedroom wall. It's incredible. What a shot! Just what I was looking for! Every day Mr Ross's salubrious visage gazes back at me reminding me of "la dolce vita" ... Oh! - It isn't an overstatement to say that this 20-inch print has not only transformed my room but also my life.


Child of God (Picador Books)
Child of God (Picador Books)
by Cormac McCarthy
Edition: Paperback

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outcast becomes killer, 8 Nov. 2008
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A bleak and realistic tale of how an outcast becomes a serial killer and a necrophile in the hills and woods of East Tennessee. This is tight, dark and poetic writing. Lester Ballard's descent into horrific perversion is told with precise and evocative language. Nothing fancy. No over-indulgence or gratuitous detail for shock-value's sake. Just a clear and strong depiction of Ballard's almost numb mindset and what-he-did mid the snows of one winter.


The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch: A Grotesque Tale of Horror
The Sufferings of Prince Sternenhoch: A Grotesque Tale of Horror
by Ladislav Klíma
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gothic descent into madness, 8 Nov. 2008
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This is a lovely edition by Twisted Spoon Press of a very peculiar novel. Considering it was written in the 1920s it is fairly obscene: sadomasochism, murder, necrophilia, and other things too perverse to mention here. It tells the story of Prince Sternenhoch, a German aristocrat, how he becomes fascinated with a "plain" woman named Helga and how, as a consequence of this fascination, he slowly loses his mind. Based on Sternenhoch's diary, it traces the Prince's outrageous decline from his warped perspective. The style has a chaotic feel, rich with hallucinations and crazy machinations. A funny and strangely engaging story, especially when Sternenhoch's insanity takes hold.


Moravagine (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
Moravagine (Penguin Twentieth Century Classics)
by Blaise Cendrars
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kay-ray-kuh-kuh-ko-kex : the only word in the Martian language, 12 Oct. 2008
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A young physician with nihilistic leanings helps an "incurable" patient named Moravagine to escape from a lunatic asylum. Thereafter the two men embark on a globe-trotting escapade taking in, amongst other things, the Russian Revolution and World War I.

This is a bold and entertaining novel written in a muscular style which is at once insightful, direct and, I suppose, pretty harsh in its outlook. Yes it could be said that, as a whole, it doesn't quite hang together - for instance: Moravagine's character seems to shift between Jack the Ripper, Quasimodo and Hugh Hefner, and sometimes he (Moravagine) appears to be tacked on as a freakish sideshow to the narrator's strange adventures and anarchistic thoughts.

All in all I'd define the novel as an intense, flamboyant and peculiar vision, flawed only by its untamed ambition.


FEVERHEAD, THE
FEVERHEAD, THE
by Wolfgang Bauer
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.50

3.0 out of 5 stars Crazy penpals = absurdist novella, 9 July 2008
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THE FEVERHEAD is a droll story of outlandish goings-on told via the short letters of Frank & Heinz, two men who can only be described as quaint, quirky, and generally off-their-rockers. It starts quite normally, but when their letters keep crossing, confusion sets in, and the two penpals begin to make crazier and crazier claims as to where they are and what they're up to. A city inside a giant head; a three-eyed seadog captain who has two bodies just 3.5m apart; transvestite nuns; microscopic schoolgirls?! - All sorts of bonkers stuff. Recommended to those who enjoy tales of warped imagination and surreal tomfoolery.


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