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Guitar Concertos [John Williams, Paul Daniel] [JCW Records: JCW3]
Guitar Concertos [John Williams, Paul Daniel] [JCW Records: JCW3]
Price: 10.08

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars essential listening, 9 Jun 2014
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i've just heard John Williams play the Goss concerto in Northampton and it is a beautiful piece, especially the Elgar-tinged 2nd movement. He made what is probably very difficult sound easy.
The other two concertos are equally interesting and should be on every guitar fan's must-have list.
JW is also to be congratulated for using his own label to get interesting repertoire recorded at a time when record companies seem timid about new material.


Stepping Stones  [John Williams] [JCW Records: JCW2]
Stepping Stones [John Williams] [JCW Records: JCW2]
Price: 11.63

4.0 out of 5 stars superb collection of contemporary guitar music; shame about the guitar, 22 May 2014
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Why not 5 stars for a recording by one of the world's greatest guitarists? The problem is the Smallman guitar which seems to provoke such strong reactions among classical players and makers. Nothing will persuade me to love the sound of Williams' guitar. However the performances are up to the usual standard and the repertoire is fascinating. However it might be worth listening to Roberto Morron'v version of the Dodgson to hear what a real guitar sounds like.


Captain Fingers
Captain Fingers
Price: 3.97

5.0 out of 5 stars essential listening for Rit fans, 22 May 2014
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This review is from: Captain Fingers (Audio CD)
I'm a big Ritenour fan but somehow this one passed me by. The standard of playing is mind-boggling even by his standards and the version of Dolphin Dreams makes a fascinating comparison with the same tune from On the Line.
I now need to find a reasonably prices copy of The Captain's Journey to replace my worn out vinyl


Fun & Passion
Fun & Passion
Price: 12.14

5.0 out of 5 stars superb guitar duos, 22 May 2014
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If you like first rate classical guitar then this is a must have. The virtuoso performances are as good as it gets and there is a nice balance of familiar repertoire with less well-known pieces. The title of the cd sums it up perfectly.


Roxy by Proxy
Roxy by Proxy
Offered by Comando Creativo
Price: 16.64

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must have for zappaphiles, 22 May 2014
This review is from: Roxy by Proxy (Audio CD)
I got this on ebay from Canada for twelve quid and it arrived within a week . The amazon price is outrageous. The performances are very good and the live ambience is wonderful; you can even hear the hiss on the PA but once the music starts it is completely involving.
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Journal of the Plague Year
Journal of the Plague Year
by Max Stafford-Clark
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You couln't make it up., 4 Feb 2014
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Max Stafford-Clark is probably the most important director in British theatre in the last 30 years. I've seen many of his productions and there hasn't been a dud yet; even when the plays were not up to scratch the production was always excellent.
Anywhere else in the world he would be a national hero and household name. Instead he has to put up with the madness chronicled in this book, in which he has to grovel to the Arts Council for pitiful sums to invest in new plays and produce the sort of work that will resonate for years to come. The low point in the story is when he discovers how much had been spent on a glossy brochure publicising an Arts Council project; the money could easily have commissioned a new play.
It's a wonder he has time to produce any work; he seems to have to waste huge amounts of time jumping through ridiculous bureaucratic hoops fighting the Coalition cuts.
This excellent book expertly articulates why there are so few genuinely challenging, provocative new plays at the moment and why the government seems hell-bent on squashing the Arts in this country.


Kin (<-->)
Kin (<-->)
Price: 11.55

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars even better than the first unity cd, 4 Feb 2014
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What is extraordinary about this cd is the sheer brilliance of the musicianship; the band had played a hundred gigs before they went into the studio and the empathy is evident in every track. Anyone who saw the band on their first tour won't need to be reminded about how tight this band is. The new cd has a bigger soundstage and the effect is a synthesis of the best of Metheny over the last 30 years. I was often reminded of First Circle which is no bad thing. There is much to enjoy here, so stop reading and get ordering


Purcor - Songs for Saxophone and Piano
Purcor - Songs for Saxophone and Piano
Price: 15.33

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars missing the point, 3 Nov 2010
The above reviewer seems to have completely misunderstood the recording, which is one of the most beautiful ecm offerings of recent years. The microphone is simply picking up the sound of the sax player breathing and deliberately using the full range of tones available on his instrument. You can also hear the sound of the keys as the notes are fingered. It is like standing next to the players in the church where the recording was made. The two players are completely in sympathy with each other and the use of the piano and harmonium (with audible wheezing) to match the sax is inspired. Fans of Jan Garbarek and Andy Sheppard will know what to expect and should grab a copy of this cd as soon as possible. A truly inspired and inspiring recording.Officium Novum


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