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Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1
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3.0 out of 5 stars Love/hate Bach from Gould, 10 Sep 2014
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a recent amazon buy as keen to compare book 1 from the well tempered clavier aka the "48" Glenn Gould is widely known amongst classical keyboard fans of a divisive figure , and here is ample proof of why.

dazzling articulation, willfull use of own tempi often over fast or over slow to the markings, a brilliant mind but ultimately a tiring and sometimes irritating cd that showcases Gould's technique rather than the granduer of Bach's frist 24 preludes and fugues. impressive certainly,occasionally marvellous, but overall not a first choice.

Rosalyn Tureck on EMI ,Angela Hewitt on Hyperion or Jeno Jando on naxos offer far btter more eventempered verisons and recordings than Gould's shallow 1962 playing here. approach with caution..


Atomic Weight
Atomic Weight
Offered by impetusrecs
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5.0 out of 5 stars know Dumb Type, Ryoji Ikeda ? seek this out.., 19 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Atomic Weight (Audio CD)
this is a australian label collection of tracks by influential cult japanese digital producers audio works from 1994 onwards of increasingly rare tracks by :

Dumb type
Ryoji Ikeda
CCCI sound System
Yoshio Ojima

i love this collection i'll say straight away. minimal post-techno ambient alienated soundtracks that are far removed from the dance floor and aimed firmly at the head rather than feet. this collection features 4 x dumb type tracks, 3 x ryoji ikeda and a single track by yoshio ojima. fans of the high-tech sound worlds conjured up here will find similarities with the alva noto / raster-noton minimal electronica sound also. the difference is that the tracks here influenced alva noto / nicholai and for a good reason. innovative, often sparse , always engaging and non-obvious. buy this collection before going on the dumb types rare cd releases (ig you can track them down) although Ijkeda's later work is a good deal cheaper to buy on cd than this compilation at present.

excellent + influential.


Sounds Good
Sounds Good
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3.0 out of 5 stars great d n b tracks .poor unmixed collection, 19 Aug 2014
This review is from: Sounds Good (Audio CD)
for those looking for melodic class LTJ Bukum influenced d n b tracks this cd appears attractive. it isn't alas..

20 tracks featuring classic GLO tracks. to those in the know in drum n bass : LTJ Bukum's Good looking records released many fine atmospheric, melodic tracks over the years. many are here from label stalwarts Bukum himself, PFM w /Conrad, Tayla , Nookie etc BUT this cheap cd collection IS NOT MIXED with each track only lasting 2-3 minutes usually and with often poor non-matching bpm s so as well as unmixed quite a few tracks jar against each other in bpm s and feel with a gap of a silent second or so also between tracks. mmm....

a great shame bit SG01 is a miss. go for Bukum's label Logical Progression series ,PFM s own releases , or the later Hospital records roster their vol 1-4 mixed series . all excellent.


Symphony 1 " Titan "
Symphony 1 " Titan "
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3.0 out of 5 stars over cautious Mahler by Kubelik, 15 Aug 2014
This review is from: Symphony 1 " Titan " (Audio CD)
a recent re-aquisition on amazon from many years ago when i first heard this recording by Rafael Kubelik. as a fan of Mahler's symphonies for some 20 years or more, revisiting his 1968 version as here on DG Classikon label with the Bavarian RSO, it has not alas been a rewarding revisit. why ? well Mahler's first symphony seems to receive either a almost care free pastoral reading by many conductors as is here or a over tortous reading heavy on the angst and ambivalence that was Mahler's life towards the austro-hungarian empire and his "alien in a foreign land" feelings that were to remain with him throughout his life depsite his seeming success as conductors then composer.

this recording re-issued by DG at budget price also includes the composers source material for the first symphony : the song cycle "songs of a wayfarer" is certainly enjoyable enough with expressive singing here by Diestrich Fisher-Dieskau makes up an attractive fill up on this 66 minute length cd. however the sound is not up to top flight standards , be it the best of decca s analogue recordings in the 1950's and 1960's nor the best of digital sound enjoyed today. dynamics and soundstage are a little compressed.

the Symphony no,.1 as presented and played here simply does not plumb the depths of darker ambivalence or irony (the Landler movement tongue in cheek irony is missed here by Kubelik and co. a shame). the funereal third movement with its slow ominous tread forward is not portrayed fully here and the final shattering climax of the final movement again does not fully convey Mahler's evolving pre-occupation with fate and it final hammer blows that were to surface so forcefully in his 9th and unfinished 10th symphonies.

there are many fine alternative versions of Mahler's first on the market that this version by Kubelik only rates 3 stars going on 4.


Mahler: Symphonie no 1, Lieder/Kubelik, Fischer-Dieskau
Mahler: Symphonie no 1, Lieder/Kubelik, Fischer-Dieskau
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Price: 5.78

3.0 out of 5 stars over-cautious Mahler by Kubelik, 15 Aug 2014
i first heard this recording by Rafael Kubelik many years ago and as a fan of Mahler's symphonies for some 20 years or more, revisiting his 1968 version as here on this Penguin classics release (it was orginally on DG then the DG Classikon label) with the Bavarian RSO, it has not alas been a rewarding revisit. why ? well Mahler's first symphony seems to receive either a almost care free pastoral reading by many conductors as is here or a over tortous reading heavy on the angst and ambivalence that was Mahler's life towards the austro-hungarian empire and his "alien in a foreign land" feelings that were to remain with him throughout his life despite his seeming success as conductor then composer in Vienna.

note: this recording re-issued by Penguin at budget price does not include the composers source material for the first symphony : the song cycle "songs of a wayfarer" as stated . so if you want the version sung by Diestrich Fisher-Dieskau that is included on the various DG releases see my other reviews. not on this Penguin release. however the sound is not up to top flight standards , be it the best of decca s analogue recordings in the 1950's and 1960's nor the best of digital sound enjoyed today. dynamics and soundstage are a little compressed.

the Symphony no,.1 as presented and played here simply does not plumb the depths of darker ambivalence or irony (the Landler movement tongue in cheek irony is missed here by Kubelik and co. a shame). the funereal third movement with its slow ominous tread forward is not portrayed fully here and the final shattering climax of the final movement again does not fully convey Mahler's evolving pre-occupation with fate and it final hammer blows that were to surface so forcefully in his 9th and unfinished 10th symphonies.

there are many fine alternative versions of Mahler's first on the market that this version by Kubelik only rates 3 stars going on 4.


Mahler: Symphony No.1; Songs of a Wayfarer
Mahler: Symphony No.1; Songs of a Wayfarer
Price: 7.99

3.0 out of 5 stars over cautious Mahler by Kubelik, 15 Aug 2014
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a recent re-aquisition on amazon from many years ago when i first heard this recording by Rafael Kubelik. as a fan of Mahler's symphonies for some 20 years or more, revisiting his 1968 version as here on DG Classikon label with the Bavarian RSO, it has not alas been a rewarding revisit. why ? well Mahler's first symphony seems to receive either a almost care free pastoral reading by many conductors as is here or a over tortous reading heavy on the angst and ambivalence that was Mahler's life towards the austro-hungarian empire and his "alien in a foreign land" feelings that were to remain with him throughout his life depsite his seeming success as conductors then composer.

this recording re-issued by DG at budget price also includes the composers source material for the first symphony : the song cycle "songs of a wayfarer" is certainly enjoyable enough with expressive singing here by Diestrich Fisher-Dieskau makes up an attractive fill up on this 66 minute length cd. however the sound is not up to top flight standards , be it the best of decca s analogue recordings in the 1950's and 1960's nor the best of digital sound enjoyed today. dynamics and soundstage are a little compressed.

the Symphony no,.1 as presented and played here simply does not plumb the depths of darker ambivalence or irony (the Landler movement tongue in cheek irony is missed here by Kubelik and co. a shame). the funereal third movement with its slow ominous tread forward is not portrayed fully here and the final shattering climax of the final movement again does not fully convey Mahler's evolving pre-occupation with fate and it final hammer blows that were to surface so forcefully in his 9th and unfinished 10th symphonies.

there are many fine alternative versions of Mahler's first on the market that this version by Kubelik only rates 3 stars going on 4.


Spore
Spore
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3.0 out of 5 stars Scanner - "spore" : hit n miss electronica, 10 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Spore (Audio CD)
a 1995 release by Scanner aka Robin Rimbaud of experimental mainly downbeat atmospsheric electronica interspersed with Rimbaud's trademark interventionist phone tapping electronics samples. yes, years before certain uk newspapers used similar methods to phone hack celebrities and public figures..

"Spore" suffers for me from these interventionist samples (of mainly it seems witless Londoners conversations on the phone) as its not mixed in to the actual pretty good idm/downbeat electronica but used as tacked on intro samples that grate after only a few seconds as unnecesary and condescending (ie the selected witless conversations).

Rimbaud continues to be a influential audio-sound artist (see wikipedia etc)but for me "Spore" suffers from overuse of these interventionist samples (of mainly it seems witless Londoners conversations on the phone) as but here on "Spore" thephonetapped samples merely irritate and get in the way of the music. a cautious recommendation. 3 stars going on 4.


Scanner vs. Signs Ov Chaos
Scanner vs. Signs Ov Chaos
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4.0 out of 5 stars remix collaboration dark beats collection - recommended, 10 Aug 2014
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a new purchase as Robin Rimbaud aka experimental electronica act Scanner is always worth a listen and having seen himlive at the QEH in London back in 1996 or there about i decided to delve deeper. here he collaborated with Micheal Wells (as Signs ov Chaos, Tecnohead, Greater than One etc)on this varied dark beats EP

this colab remix cd is very good for any open minded fans of beats be it drum n bass, idm / electronica or hard techno/industrial and deep dub. 6 tracks in all cover a total of 33 minutes.

released in 1997 on the otherwise almost 100 pct metal/grindcore uk label Earcache : Scanner v Signs ov Chaos offers a wide palette of beats with just enough hard beats to tie in with the metal/ industrial fraternity. for fans of no u-turn dark d n b , industrial acts such as meat beat manifesto and experimental electronica acts such as yes Scanner, Aphex Twin, or warp label IDM. recommended.


Mozart - Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1
Mozart - Piano Sonatas, Vol. 1
Price: 4.63

4.0 out of 5 stars fine playing by Jando of marvellous piano music, 6 Aug 2014
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another recent amazon purchase as keen to expand my piano cd collection into mozart after long being a fan of debussy, shostakovich, messiaen, janacek, bach, bartok etc. this naxos cd dating back to 1990 of Mozart piano sonatas vol.1 offers spirited sometimes muscular playing from jeno jando the hungarian stalwart of the naxos label (see his extensive recordings for the label) . this cd offers many many repeated hours of listening pleasure both for the rich variety of moods and inventiveness by this sublimely melodic composer, and for the articulate pianism itself here.

the recording is natural and lifelike with fairly detaild cd booklet notes explaining the composer's writing of the three sonatas here :
k.310,k.333 and k.533 which is y favourite here for its greater clarity and depth of expression.

if sometimes Jando overplays in this naxos series, over projecting some sonatas with the attendant loss of some delicacy (when compared to Uchida or Schiff for example) - he plays the works with infectious enthusiasm, clarity and admirable technical address. recommended particular at present bargain price before perhaps going deeper into the music with Uchida, Brendel, Schiff or the underrated Zacharias for deeper insights and more repose.


Metamusic
Metamusic
Offered by TOTAL RECALL UK 2
Price: 1.16

4.0 out of 5 stars decent techno compilation on force inc., 29 July 2014
This review is from: Metamusic (Audio CD)
a decent compilation of mainly techno based 4/4 progressive beats from such scene notables vladislav delay, donnacha costello, twerk and sutekh.

released in 2001 it features various 4/4 based beats around techno and tech-house and , away from the minimal or detroit based school but gladly away from the "bosh bosh bosh" high hard bpm techno. this solid selection of tracks may not offer stand out tracks or melodic highlights as offered by the likes of the cool minimal sounds of hawtin or his minus label, or the classic detroit sound or the later wave of minimal, but for fans of more experimental 4/4 beats "metamusic" offers some interesting alternative mainly techno . a few of the final tracks veer off into hard techno with little interest for this reviewer but overall a decent collection of tracks unmixed or homogenous from force inc. 4 stars out of 5 for some good chunky techno and exploratory tracks.


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