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Eye hEar The Visual in Music
Eye hEar The Visual in Music
by Simon Shaw-Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 58.01

5.0 out of 5 stars Seminal, 3 Dec 2013
From the endorsement on the book jacket:

'By claiming boldly that music is a subject for art historians, Simon Shaw-Miller has laid down the gauntlet for musicologists in this remarkable book. Rich with references to historical and philosophical discussions on the links between music and visual art, Shaw-Miller has produced a work that is also replete with profound aphorisms and sharp insights into specific case studies. Seminal in its contribution to our understanding of the interlocking relationship between the visual and the musical, this book is no less than a manifesto for future scholarship.'

Alan Davison, University of New England, Australia

This book has also been elected A Yankee Book Peddler UK Core Title for 2013


Zen [DVD]
Zen [DVD]
Dvd ~ Rufus Sewell
Price: 6.50

5.0 out of 5 stars TV Crime Drama with Style, 11 May 2013
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I love Zen; it is witty, suave, sexy, exciting, graced with good acting (by its international cast – Sewell is perfect, a finely judged urbane performance), intelligent and very stylish. Not a bad package for a little over 5!


Pickard: Tenebrae | Piano Concerto | Sea Change (Martyn Brabbins)
Pickard: Tenebrae | Piano Concerto | Sea Change (Martyn Brabbins)
Price: 12.81

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich contemporary fare, 11 May 2013
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This is a CD of accessible but rich contemporary music. This piano concerto has a jazz feel but sustained with a complex rhythmic structure and a fugal finale. Sea Change is more straightforward; a minimalist driving ‘bolero’ type orchestral showpiece. The real meat of the CD is the title track Tenebrae, a complex and very dark elaboration of a Carlo Gesualdo fragment: a work that rewards many, many returns. Highly recommended to those who want testing, but accessible contemorapary orchestral fare.


Canto Ostinato (New..
Canto Ostinato (New..
Price: 12.27

5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and perhaps the best available version of Canto, 14 Feb 2013
This review is from: Canto Ostinato (New.. (Audio CD)
This is an excellent, more compact and concentrated performance of ten Holt's most well know work than any other currently available (half the length of some versions, although the harp version by Cunego is also about 75 minutes, and is also to be recommended.) Such compression is entirely appropriate as the various sections that make up the work can be repeated at the performers discretion. The recording quality is very high, with a resonant, but beautifully well balanced piano sound. The performance is dynamic, controlled and marvellously musical (intelligent phrasing over long stretches and electric dynamic control.). Very highly recommended.


Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos 1-3 - Concert Fantasy
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos 1-3 - Concert Fantasy
Price: 9.74

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gramophone review, 16 April 2012
I simply reproduce the Gramophone review of this performance in case it is helpful:

There are now over 50 recordings of the Tchaikovsky B flat Concerto in the catalogue. To the three selected comparisons--all well established and enjoying wide favour--I could add perhaps a dozen more with some kind of special appeal (who would want to be without one of the two Horowitz/Toscaninis reissued by RCA, for instance?). Probably every one of these could have something fairly substantial said against it, however. Then I suppose there are about 20 I definitely would want to be without, and another 20 I've simply yet to hear.
But in the select dozen, or certainly in the Top 20, I would want to find a place for Pletnev. He has the kind of technique which makes for clarity where others have to fudge, his touch is full of colour and spontaneous inflexion, and he can spring surprises without breaking the musical thread. He brings a lovely romantic suppleness to the middle movement, plus a genuine virtuoso fantasy in the prestissimo; and the finale is consistently creative


Poulenc: Organ Concerto, Gloria, Concert Champetre
Poulenc: Organ Concerto, Gloria, Concert Champetre
Offered by MMT-UK
Price: 21.06

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Recordings, 22 Feb 2012
These are all excellent recordings. Both Brown and Malcolm are fine soloists, with solid and sympathetic orchestral support, in a good acoustic with appropriate balance (not easy to achieve in works for harpsichord and organ and orchestra). All three pieces are also available on a Decca 2 CD set with the addition of the piano concertos etc.Poulenc: Vocal, Chamber and Orchestral Works (also excellent performances). For this low price, and if it is primarily these three works you want, don't hesitate.


Lindberg: Graffiti (Graffiti/ Seht Die Sonne)
Lindberg: Graffiti (Graffiti/ Seht Die Sonne)
Price: 11.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music, 14 May 2011
I write simply to counter the 1 star review.
Both works recorded here represent Lindberg's most recent incarnation, after his early works culminating in Kraft and the second modulation in his musical language resulting in the magnificent Aura, in effect his first symphony. With Seht die Sonne we reach his (perhaps) second symphony. This second stage of his musical syntax is a fascinating blend of tonal and chromatic elements, less experimental but instead assured and masterly in its sophisticated craftsmanship.


Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works
Lutoslawski: Orchestral Works
Offered by shakedownrecords
Price: 10.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive recordings, 5 May 2011
This now rare disc contains definitive recordings of key orchestral works, by one of the 20th centuries most important composers, conducted by the composer himself. The Concerto for Orchestra, performed by the National Youth Orchestra at the Proms last year, has never sounded so exciting and beautifully shaped as it does here. If you have a Lutoslawski shaped hole in your library this is the disc to fill it! Enjoy.


The Music of Painting: Music, Modernism and the Visual Arts from the Romantics to John Cage
The Music of Painting: Music, Modernism and the Visual Arts from the Romantics to John Cage
by Peter Vergo
Edition: Hardcover

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little disappointing, 23 Dec 2010
The author of this book brings a great deal of knowledge to the subject, and the book is full of information. However, what it doesn't have is a real argument. It says a lot about 'what', but doesn't dig deep on the issue of 'why'. Books on similar material which do have a central argument are Shaw-Miller's 'Visible Deeds of Music: Art and Music from Wagner to Cage' (Yale, 2002), I would recommend this as ultimately is has more of a point to the analysis; another is Albright's book 'Untwisting the Serpent: Modernism in Music, Literature, and the Other Arts' (Chicago, 2000).


Unsuk Chin: Rocana, Violin Concerto
Unsuk Chin: Rocana, Violin Concerto
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 12.24

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No reservations: a major new violin concerto, 19 Nov 2010
This is a major new violin concerto, idiomatically written, subtly orchestrated and consummately structured. Viviane Hagner plays magnificently and Nagano provides solid support. His direction is Rocaná, for orchestra alone, is similarly impressive. Chin avoids the sound world of late 19th century central European orchestral writing, providing instead a palette of subtle and shifting timbres and textures. This too is a substantial work and although there is just under 50 mins music on this CD, it is of such high quality you won't notice.
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