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The Wildest Dream [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
The Wildest Dream [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to try harder..., 19 July 2014
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High and lovely.
Any one of us who wished to aim and hit high will love this film.
Doubted now by many, the ideal that inspired these climbers us revived by the spirit-accepting openness of this film.
Go for it!


Avalon [DVD]
Avalon [DVD]
Dvd ~ Malgorzata Foremniak
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5.0 out of 5 stars Imagination is reality, 19 July 2014
This review is from: Avalon [DVD] (DVD)
Imagination, history, social systems, emotionally powerful music, humanity... Avalon is a wonderful film that anticipates and reflects large chunks of the online world.
What is reality, society humanity?....
And we want Ash to win, to be us...
Yet we know she, as we, lives in a simple, human, confused, aspiring semi-reality, which we call the real world.
Let go, as she does.
Join Oshii's world. Let the music carry you up and in... Aspire to champion status... Fight... Love, try.
Very human and aspirational film, though it describes lives lived in the artificial world of online gaming even before it really existed.
Wonderful imagination... and reality combined.


The Eye - William Turnbull [DVD]
The Eye - William Turnbull [DVD]
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4.0 out of 5 stars Only a quick brief of antiquity meeting the modern, but worth the effort, 11 July 2014
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Very valuable to hear Turnbull talk, and to see various of his pieces, especially earlier on, in different contexts, but a little short in terms of time and intellectual weight.


Schnittke: Faust Cantata
Schnittke: Faust Cantata
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wild death scene, 11 July 2014
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Exhilaratingly wild and crazy, and beautifully recorded, it helps remind one of and reinforce the deep value of the Faust legend in European culture.


The Sculpture of F.E. McWilliam (British Sculptors and Sculpture) (The British Sculptors and Sculpture Series)
The Sculpture of F.E. McWilliam (British Sculptors and Sculpture) (The British Sculptors and Sculpture Series)
by Denise Ferran
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

4.0 out of 5 stars A sculptor true to his emotions, and his times, 11 July 2014
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Excellent, in depth review of the development of FE McWilliam's work.
Left one interested to learn more and regretting that the general body of critics had not considered his work more.
Especially valuable for the extensive photographic record of his works, which though not a catalogue raisonne is nontheless usefully extensive.


An Englishwoman's Songs
An Englishwoman's Songs

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars England and family history brought to life in the imagination, 9 Nov. 2013
This review is from: An Englishwoman's Songs (Audio CD)
It is a pleasant surprise to find a disc that simultaneously stimulates the pleasures afforded by old English folksong, and feels modern yet approachable in its musical expression and its sentiments.

These songs, written and composed by August Derbyshire and in many cases expanded in the left hand by the distinguished Schubertian pianist-composer Neil Crossland, succeed in doing both.

They also appeal to all: the unashamedly lyrical and traditional feel evokes Vaughan Williams, and country folk correspondingly admire them in a relaxed and happy way.

For the jaded city-dweller, seeking memories of lost childhood, but also desiring intellectual stimulus - maintained since University, and perhaps even developed (if I may say with only slight irony) through a life of reading the Financial Times Arts pages at weekends - for such a listener, the subtleties of the harmonisation, and the mistiness of the poetry's memories of an English family in the Cornish countryside (remembered and observed by night and day, by land and sea) August Derbyshire's songs bring equal pleasure.

The writer-composer learnt the piano from a pupil of Marguerite Long, herself a pupil of Debussy, and while the works are clearly English not French in their rootedness, the clarity of the atmosphere they evoke, reflects an awareness of the French master that is well learned.

Misty moons, nightbirds calling, gently rocking waves, serve to calm our senses and pleasure our memories.

Strongly recommended for lovers of English song - with a Continental touch.


Britten: Our Hunting Fathers / Who are these Children? / Still Falls the Rain
Britten: Our Hunting Fathers / Who are these Children? / Still Falls the Rain
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pears in amazing voice, 1 May 2004
Our Hunting Fathers, a piece from the 1930s, reminds us that to be modern you do not have to be contemporary, and that political commitment need not call for any sacrifice of musical integrity nor even of enjoyment.
This wonderful combination of Auden's poetry, Britten's music and Peter Pears' extraordinary vocal agility and incisiveness can be listened to in many ways. Let me get my only complaint out the way early: the CD transfer fails to put across the fluidity of Pears' tone, which is noticeably thinner than on the BBC Classics vinyl version.
Pears catches the sadness and outrage of the pacifist faced with the wanton slaughter of animals by the English aristocracy; but the political allegory with the deaths of the 1930s from Fascist adventurism in Africa is quite clear. And in the melismata and sudden irruptions of fury as the word "rats!" is interjected into the next song, Pears is without equal (rats being Fascists again). In 'Messalina', Pears conveys perfectly the combination of seriousness and foolishness that is the child's grief for a loved thing - her monkey, in this case - perfectly and with perfect empathy. The sheer exhilaration of the hunting song that follows, listing the names of the dogs, carries all before it, until the final slow and deliberate juxtaposition of the two names, 'German, Jew', makes the political intent clear.
Despite the seriousness of the themes treated (should we really be embarassed by seriousness in the age of Posh and Becks?), the music is at all times a joy - apt, energetic, dramatic, sad, humbling, thoughtful - and the performance of such intensity, energy and sheer 'rightness' that it leaps across the 70 years since it was written and 45 years since the performance was recorded as if it was written for today. If only!
The companion piece is well performed, but cannot hold a candle to the first, which must have had the squires sitting up in their chairs at first performance!


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