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Gilbert: Die Frau im Hermelin (Querschnitt)
Gilbert: Die Frau im Hermelin (Querschnitt)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gaudy re-orchestration, 12 April 2014
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Like the Hamburger Rundfunkorchester's recording of Gilbert's Die keusche Susanne, this suffers from a gaudy re-orchestration that turns the woman in ermine into the woman with too much make-up.


Glueckliche Reise
Glueckliche Reise
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why did London miss out on this?, 12 April 2014
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This is a wonderful operetta from one of the finest operetta composers. The music has a lot of American influence, but remains German in the way that Kurt Weill's music does. It dates from 1932, but I don't think this operetta was produced in London or New York in the 1930s, so British and American audiences sorely missed out. Those who love Der Vetter von Dingsda will find that Künneke steps out in a different musical direction here.


Gilbert: Die keusche Susanne (Querschnitt)
Gilbert: Die keusche Susanne (Querschnitt)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Gaudy colouring unnecessary!, 12 April 2014
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Music fine, but the orchestration has been souped up so that it sounds as if it comes from the 1950s and not the 1910s.


Moleskine Extra Large Soft 18 Months 2014 Weekly Notebook
Moleskine Extra Large Soft 18 Months 2014 Weekly Notebook
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No Holiday Dates, 4 Aug 2013
Very disappointed to discover there are no dates for holidays.
Moleskine, what were you thinking of--this is a bad mistake!!!


Battleship Potemkin [Blu-ray] [1925] [US Import]
Battleship Potemkin [Blu-ray] [1925] [US Import]
Dvd ~ Alexander Antonov

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music to the blu-ray version, 4 Jun 2011
Note that the music used on the blu-ray disc is the original Edmund Meisel score. Sergei Eisenstein worked closely with Meisel for the Berlin release of 1926. Several reviews refer to Shostakovich symphonies. Yes, excerpts of these formed the soundtrack of a Russian version (which in places stretched the film to fit the music). Here. we have a different problem: Meisel's score was for the German censored version, but it has been expertly tailored to fit the version on this blu-ray by Helmut Imig. It's a terrific score that was designed to fit the various scenes and to convey the moods Eisenstein wanted. The film and the Meisel score together offer an unparalleled emotional experience for film lovers!


Faust - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1926]
Faust - Masters of Cinema series [DVD] [1926]
Dvd ~ Gösta Ekman

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4.0 out of 5 stars Actually, the music is important folks!, 29 Mar 2011
Yes, this is a great film, and yes this release of the domestic version is enormously welcome, but who was it that adapted the Timothy Brock music score to fit the domestic version? It was clearly written to fit the export version, and watching the domestic version on disc one is in many places the equivalent of watching the very worst lip-synching. That is because, unfortunately, Brock's score follows the action closely. Watch the export version and listen to the dramatic timpani strokes at the death of Valentin (Gretchen's brother). Now watch the domestic version and listen to the feeble, inappropriate, anempathetic music. Or, try watching Gretchen in her death cell as she suddenly believes her baby is alive and she is able to rock it gently in her arms. Brilliant in the export version, but completely out of rhythm with the music in the domestic version. How on earth could anyone mess up like this, given the care taken in restoring this film? I have to say the problems do not lie everywhere, but they happen too often, and detract from the wonders of this recently discovered domestic version of this film. Without a doubt this version is in sharper focus, more tightly edited, and a better film that the export version, but somebody with a donkey's ears has soured its effect. As a consequence, it is the export version on these discs that will prove the more emotional experience for anyone with musical sesitivity. So, if you want to enjoy the domestic version you'll either need to opt for the piercingly irritating harp score that is offered as an alternative, or shut off the sound completely.
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