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Women on the Renaissance Stage: Anna of Denmark and Female Masquiring in the Stuart Court (1590-1619): Anna of Denmark and Female Masquing in the Stuart Court (1590-1619)
Women on the Renaissance Stage: Anna of Denmark and Female Masquiring in the Stuart Court (1590-1619): Anna of Denmark and Female Masquing in the Stuart Court (1590-1619)
by Clare McManus
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Two left feet, 7 Sept. 2012
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This is a dreadful book on a wonderful topic, remorselessly turgid in style, and deeply unsympathetic to its ostensible subject matter, as reflected in the fact that there is no mention of music whatsoever, and precious little on dancing. It clearly never for one moment occurred to the author to ask if Anne of Denmark and her courtiers might have enjoyed dancing, let alone whether she herself may indeed have been a good dancer. Nor is there even the slightest attempt to consider Inigo Jones' amazing costume or set designs as anything other than supposedly monolithic expressions of what she regards as invariant patriarchal oppression. Bristling with tiresome academic jargon, it tells us nothing of any insight or significance about the riches of Jacobean court culture or stage-craft, which are alas entirely obscured by a very few endlessly repeated and largely anachronistic political generalisations.


Beethoven; Sibelius - Violin Concertos
Beethoven; Sibelius - Violin Concertos
Price: £11.57

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream ticket, 26 Nov. 2010
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Superbly remastered from Czech radio tapes of a 1957 concert in Prague, this CD brings together two figures of towering musicality - the conductor Karel Ancerl, and violinist Ida Haendel, alongside the splendid ensemble playing of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. It provides an immensely welcome addition to Haendel's celebrated studio recordings of the Beethoven concerto with Kubelik (1949), and the Sibelius concerto with Berglund (1975) and Rattle (1993). It also provides a most welcome addition to the back catalogue of recordings from a period in which neither Haendel nor Ancerl were hitherto well represented. This reviewer cannot sufficiently strongly recommend it and its appearance has been one of the great musical joys of 2010.
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Balm in Gilead
Balm in Gilead
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £5.40

5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant return to form, 27 Dec. 2009
This review is from: Balm in Gilead (Audio CD)
A triumphant return to form for Rickie Lee Jones, one of few enduringly great and uncompromising original singer-songwriters.


The Celtic Viol - An Hommage to Irish and Scottish Musical Traditions - Jordi Savall
The Celtic Viol - An Hommage to Irish and Scottish Musical Traditions - Jordi Savall
Price: £14.25

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A noble perspective, 26 Dec. 2009
Nobody in my lifetime has contributed more to our knowledge of British viol music than Jordi Savall, to say nothing of his many other remarkable achievements. He approaches the Celtic tradition from the deepest knowledge of the long traditions of British and other European string music. These marvellous performances mark his loving respect for Scottish and Irish traditional music, here properly appreciated in its wide-ranging geographical and historical perspective. They help us appreciate how fortunate is the survival of so much Celtic folk music, and are always nimbly alert to the direct rapturous connections between such music and life at its most joyous and tragic. This was for me much the most moving new record of 2009.


Queen Of Soul The Atlantic Recordings
Queen Of Soul The Atlantic Recordings

4.0 out of 5 stars Woman of the future, 31 July 2009
Claiming to be 'the cream of Aretha Franklin's canon' this is really an expanded souped-up Greatest Hits. Surely what we're entitled to by now is the complete Atlantic back-catalogue, including the superb 1975 (and Curtis Mayfield produced) 'Almighty Fire', and also 'La Diva', neither of which have appeared on CD? Whatever else she may be, Aretha is also the Queen of Dance, as some snobbish fans seem (alas) to forget, or worse, to regret. 'Almighty Fire' remains a gaping and inexplicable absence in her available discography.


Wolf Hall
Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
Edition: Hardcover

23 of 52 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Misguided, 29 April 2009
This review is from: Wolf Hall (Hardcover)
Hilary Mantel is one of the greatest living British novelists and like every real artist she is clearly not afraid of taking risks. Alas the great gifts of humour and insight that she brings to bear on the contemporary world in most of her work conspicuously fail to materialise in her historical fiction. Her epic sprawling novel 'A Place Of Greater Safety' was little short of a catastrophe, and one only wishes that someone close to her might have cautioned her against repeating the same disastrous mistake of again running directly against the grain of her prodigious talents. Sad to say I found 'Wolf Hall' completely unreadable and gave up after two increasingly dissapointed attempts.
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Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 21, 25 & 27
Mozart: Great Piano Concertos Nos. 20, 21, 25 & 27
Price: £4.99

10 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 12 Mar. 2009
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A dream coupling of Abbado and Gulda, these are majestic and incomparable recordings to treasure for a lifetime.


It's Like This
It's Like This
Offered by trec002
Price: £11.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 12 Mar. 2009
This review is from: It's Like This (Audio CD)
If you loved her Pop Pop album (& how could one not?) this is like a dream coda. Happily re-released in 2008 it is one of her most life-affirmng collections, infinitely subtle, intimate, touching and inspiring. A great artist at the peak of her powers.


Nested
Nested
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £10.90

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last, 2 Oct. 2008
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This review is from: Nested (Audio CD)
Inexplicably unreleased on CD until now, Nested marked the emergence of Laura Nyro's mature artistic identity, gloriously announcing the musical world of her later work with its increasingly rapturous visionary take on life. It was a perfectly sequenced LP from the sadness of relationship-failure in the first song 'Mr Blue' through to the majestic 'Child in a universe' of which there are also happily live performances available, unlike most of the songs here, which is another good reason to treasure it.
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Gonna Take A Miracle
Gonna Take A Miracle

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Standards, 2 Oct. 2008
This review is from: Gonna Take A Miracle (Audio CD)
This was the first time that the songs of the Shirelles and the Miracles etc. were acknowledged as great 'standards', rather than just covered by singers seeking success with other people's material. It is the first and still probably the greatest musical celebration of the genius of early Sixties American black pop music. The collaboration between Nyro and Patti Labelle is unparalleled, and anticipates a host of later, less successful partnerships. The Gamble & Huff production and musicianship throughout is immaculate. It is one of the great timeless classics of pop music, and the summit of a particular phase of pop history.


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