Shop now Shop now Shop now  Up to 70% Off Fashion  Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop Kindle Shop now Shop now Shop now
Profile for GRD > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by GRD
Top Reviewer Ranking: 241,354
Helpful Votes: 39

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
GRD

Show:  
Page: 1 | 2
pixel
Entre elle et lui
Entre elle et lui
Price: £12.88

5.0 out of 5 stars If you fancy it..., 19 May 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Entre elle et lui (Audio CD)
I love this. If you like the music of Michel Legrand, as I do, there's nothing here to make you change your mind. The big issue for most will be the "opera singer sings pop/jazz" thing. Pop and/or jazz, let's face it, have more often been the opera singer's Waterloo than unarguable triumph, one or two successes notwithstanding. But...Natalie Dessay is a singer of rare gifts and sensibilities, stylistically a chameleon, and here is quite brilliant. She has the author of the works behind here, and he is nobody's fool. He wouldn't let her ruin his work, and nor does he. Good stuff.


Bach: Piano Concertos (Emi France)
Bach: Piano Concertos (Emi France)
Price: £12.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Fall in love with Bach..., 19 May 2016
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
I find these joyous performances. To my ear they are direct and fresh in the outer movements, easeful in the slow ones. The band is not too large, and the pianos not too "big" or mellow sounding for the music, but there're no clattery or twangy sounds to tax the patience of romantics. I could wax long about the characters of the various soloists, but none disappoint, and the slightly differing sensibilities on offer only add to the variety and pleasure. I have other versions of these works, and indeed Murray Perahia remains a nonpareil technically, musically, and (if you like) spiritually in the one keyboard works, but I take these down from the shelf with great regularity and listen to them through with equal pleasure each time. It being a comprehensive survey and at a steal of a price I can only advise you not to hesitate.


The Soldier's Tale
The Soldier's Tale

5.0 out of 5 stars Stravinsky would surely have been well-pleased with this., 19 May 2016
This review is from: The Soldier's Tale (Audio CD)
This is a smashing version of The Soldier's Tale. It used to be coupled with a Peter and the Wolf, featuring the same artists. Christopher Lee was no stranger to the macabre, of course, and he knows the territory well. Here he shows himself to be a consummate actor with clearly differentiated characters, and a masterly sense of pacing, quickening here, letting a pause develop there, but with an underlying pulse that has the inevitable tread of encroaching doom. The musical side of things matches him well, with plenty of tangy sounds and, again, sensitive theatrical pacing. An exciting, absorbing, and thoroughly musical production.


Brahms: Piano Concerto 2;  Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 12, 22, 23, Piano Concerto 1
Brahms: Piano Concerto 2; Beethoven: Piano Sonatas 12, 22, 23, Piano Concerto 1
Offered by Global_Deals
Price: £14.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A master at work., 11 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This conveniently gathers together Richter's RCA recordings, apart from a live Carnegie Hall recital that was buried for many years in the vaults, eventually released as Richter Rediscovered. It is characteristic Richter: wonderful, emotionally charged playing, utterly individual interpretation, which some will love and others will not, but which is certainly not merely capricious - Richter was a deep thinker and never a show-off - and certainly the work of a great artist. Audiophiles may not always like the sound, but I found it quite acceptable. The playing is the thing, and that is provoking, refreshing and up-lifting. Munch and Leinsdorf, to say the least both considerable maestros, accompany the concertos sensitively with great orchestras.


Giuseppe di Stefano
Giuseppe di Stefano
Price: £35.51

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cherishable set., 11 Dec. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Giuseppe di Stefano (Audio CD)
This is a tribute to a well-loved singer here in his earlier years before his EMI years, which were notable for his association with Maria Callas. Here his voice is fresh, warm and bright, and expresses fully his joy and delight in singing both opera and popular Italian and Neapolitan songs. Discs 4 & 5 contain the comic opera, L'Elisire D'Amore, which showcases one of his early signature roles, and is full of fun and affection. A bit of a treat really, and a steal at the current price. Good remastered sound.


Elgar: Overtures
Elgar: Overtures
Price: £5.96

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing., 8 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Elgar: Overtures (Audio CD)
A convenient Elgar overture collection, which has the disinction of filling the repertoire gap that can be left by other choices, but without compromises of sound or performance quality. Indeed it represents Sir Alexander Gibson, and his orchstra, at their best. Anyone wanting to go one step beyond the Enigma Variaions might very well start here. Smashing Elgar performed with feeling, style and commitment.


Symphony in C
Symphony in C
Offered by MirMedia
Price: £12.44

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such style!, 8 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Symphony in C (Audio CD)
Dutoit was in his element here. This was during his and the Montreal band's golden period, when they produced a whole string of brilliant and often great recordings (their Ravel and Stravinsky instantly come to mind) in spectacular Decca sound. So it is in this recording. Style, panache and joie de vivre. Life-enhancing stuff. These recordings also come as part of a Double Decca with Dutoit's Carmen and L'Arlesienne suites, which are also essential repertoire, so pick that up if you haven't got any of these works. You can hardly do better.


Labèque sisters - Love of Colours
Labèque sisters - Love of Colours

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just give in..., 8 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
When classical artists go all jazzy, it can all go a bit wrong, can't it? But if you can put aside the requirement that watever is "jazzy" has to be actual jazz, i.e. improvised, then something like this album, can be itself; and, approached without prejudice, it is fun, witty, exciting, propulsive and colourful in he Labeques' traditional manner. Katia went on to experiment even more extensively in jazz, with her then partner John McLaughlin, before returning more recently to central classical repertoire with Marielle. This was part of that journey...Go on, just gve in and enjoy it!


Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1
Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1
Offered by BYGONEDAZE LTD
Price: £19.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable!, 8 July 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Whichever way you look at it this is a remarkable performance, and the result of deep thought, investigation and study by one of the greatest pianists in the world. There are things here that are musically provocative, technically extraordinary (those utterly controlled runs) and emotionally thrilling. Rattle goes with Zimerman with enthusiasm, adding his own thoughts, and the resulting whole is fresh, vibrant and revealed anew, as if an Old Master has had the varnish controversially removed and colours are revealed that were unexpected. If you can only afford one Brahms 1st Piano Concerto recording, maybe you should go for Nelson Freire with Chailly on Decca, where it is conveniently paired with the 2nd. That is a wonderful recording too, as great as any, and which strikes at the heart of the work, and Brahms' own humanity shines through the varnish. But if you love the work, and want an alternative view Zimerman will reveal new aspects that sing, dance and resound in your head long after the recording has been turned off.


Argerich Plays Solo and Duo Works
Argerich Plays Solo and Duo Works

5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch, 28 Jun. 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Martha Argerich is as good a candidate for the crown of Greatest Living Pianist as anyone else you could mention. She has Technique, Talent and Temperament in abundance. Her detractors, who are surely a tiny few, might argue that she has too much of the last. The rest of us gasp at her sense of drama, fantasy, tension, humour, sensuality, colour and vividness, and give thanks for such life-enhancement. And so it is in this set, which showcases her qualities perfectly. If you like the repertoire there is no need to hesitate. Do not fear duplication, since Argerich's way of doing things is entirely her own, and she can make any piece new and show it in fresh lights pretty well everytime she plays it. If you can, also pick up some of her live performances for that extra frisson. Enjoy!


Page: 1 | 2