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Live In Paris
Live In Paris
Price: £14.09

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lost gem returned., 25 Sep 2014
This review is from: Live In Paris (Audio CD)
I can heartily recommend this to any and everyone who liked the original Fripp and Eno classics, or Fripp's later solo outings or his work with Theo Travis.

Rather wonderful versions of material from No Pussyfooting and Evening Star rub shoulders with hints and snippets of King Crimson and Discreet Music to magical effect.

The restoration work is excellent, as the sound quality is very good.

The inclusion of the drone tapes is the icing and cherry on a very rich and tasty cake.

What are you waiting for? Have you not bought a copy yet?


Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin
Subterranean - New Designs on Bowie's Berlin
Price: £13.65

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting alternative view, 20 Aug 2014
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As with a couple of other reviewers I vividly remember the impact "Low", especially Side 2, made on me when it first came out, and have lived with it and "Heroes" since the mid-70s. I have also been intrigued by Philip Glass' orchestral takes on this era Bowie and Eno. So Dylan Howe's new interpretation was definitely of interest.

And it is worth a place at the table with both the originals and the Glass, remaining true to its source material while expanding it in different directions with intriguing textures and colours.

A bonus for me is the presence, albeit brief, of Dylan's dad and Adrian Uttley.


Switch
Switch
Price: £13.18

5.0 out of 5 stars Miles meets Massive Attack and goes for a drink with Daniel Lanois, 20 Aug 2014
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This review is from: Switch (Audio CD)
As noted by other reviewers, this is reminiscent of Khmer.

I described Khmer as Miles Davis meets Massive Attack (Mezzanine era, although Khmer was out before Mezzanine), and Switch fits with that template, but with some added Daniel Lanois in the various guitars...

Personally I like what the different flavours of guitar (pedal steel, resonator, baritone and the sitar/guitar "Shankar" guitar) add to the textures of the music along with the varied percussion.

Excellent stuff!


Debussy: Preludes
Debussy: Preludes
Price: £17.42

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting alternative, 13 Aug 2014
This review is from: Debussy: Preludes (Audio CD)
To some extent I would echo what another reviewer has said about some critics having been a bit caught up in Lubimov's choice of pianos.

That said, this set does sound satisfyingly different to, say, a more modern Steinway, and the additional pieces with Zuev (Ravel's transcription of Trois Nocturnes and Debussy's own transcription of Prélude a l'apres-midi d' un faune) are well worth a listen and contribute to the appeal of this set.

Much as I like this one, it doesn't replace Gieseking or even Bavouzet as my first choice in the Préludes.


Mompou - Piano Works
Mompou - Piano Works
Price: £10.30

5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain set!, 13 Aug 2014
This review is from: Mompou - Piano Works (Audio CD)
After buying Volodos' Mompou disc I wanted to explore the composer's work further and came across this set.

The points of comparison made by other reviewers are valid: if one wants to explore the works of one of the less well-known 20th century European composers, then this is an excellent place to start.

A bargain!


Le Calme: Fernando Sor late works (SACD/CD - plays on all CD players)
Le Calme: Fernando Sor late works (SACD/CD - plays on all CD players)
Price: £14.82

5.0 out of 5 stars More beautiful music, beautifully played, 24 July 2014
As with the companion disc of Sor's early works, this is beautifully played and beautifully recorded (and yes, the SACD layer DOES sound better than the Red Book layer, which is still up to Linn's usual high standards).

Carter's notes are informative, both about Sor and the technical aspects of his playing.

If you liked the first disc you can't go wrong with this. In fact, you can't go wrong with this anyway if you have any interest in classical guitar music.


Fernando Sor - Early Works [Hybrid SACD - plays on all CD players]
Fernando Sor - Early Works [Hybrid SACD - plays on all CD players]
Price: £13.91

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful music, beautifully played, 24 July 2014
Contrary to what Amazon says this DOES play on CD players as it is a hybrid disc...However, if you do have a player which supports SACD you will get more out of this: the sound of the guitar and fingering is more realistic than the very good Red Book layer.

The music: I had heard some pieces by Sor recorded by Segovia ans was intrigued to hear more. This and its companion disc of later works are an ideal way to do so.

Carter's playing is beautifully sensitive and very well-recorded (as I have come to expect from Linn).

His notes, both about Sor and his music, but especially about his decisions on playing style and technique (the use of finger tips rather than nails, which is audibly obvious), are interesting and informative.

A worthwhile disc for all remotely interested in classical guitar repertoire.


Elgar: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococco Variations
Elgar: Cello Concerto; Tchaikovsky: Rococco Variations
Price: £8.76

5.0 out of 5 stars A straightforward approach, 24 July 2014
I've lived for years with recordings of the Elgar by Du Pre and Tortelier (even saw him play it live), and tend to prefer the Tortelier, as I find Du Pre (as another reviewer comments) somewhat over-done or even exaggerated, to the point that I can only play it about once a year.

Which brings us to the current recording, which is akin to Tortelier's more restrained approach. The music itself has plenty of feeling and so, for my tastes, it doesn't require more emotive, "expressive" playing. This more straightforward approach appeals to me more.

The orchestral support and the recording are excellent.

The Rococco Variations are well done and make an interesting contrast to the Elgar.

The Dvorak short pieces are a charming addition, making this an overall excellent purchase!


Visions De L'Amen 2CDs
Visions De L'Amen 2CDs
Price: £14.34

5.0 out of 5 stars A starting point for exploration, 22 July 2014
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This review is from: Visions De L'Amen 2CDs (Audio CD)
This is a very interesting compilation of pieces from across Messiaen's life, from the quite early Préludes to the much later Quatre études de rhythme, demonstrating how his style and approach evolved.

By Messiaen's standards the Préludes sound almost conventional and not too out of step with later Fauré or Debussy. The later pieces tend to fall more into what my partner still insists on calling - wrongly in my view - "plinky, plonky, avant-garde nonsense"...This does the music a great disservice, as, while it can still be challenging, it is far better than that.

The rapt passion of Visions De L'Amen, inspired as with many of his works by his deep Catholic faith, draws in even total atheists like me...

Peter Hill's performances are excellent, as Messiaen himself observed.

If one is feeling adventurous and wants to explore the works of one of the great, if challenging, figures of 20th century European music, then this set is as good a starting point as I can think of.


The Tudors At Prayer
The Tudors At Prayer
Price: £14.41

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sampler of Tudor choral music?, 22 July 2014
This review is from: The Tudors At Prayer (Audio CD)
I have been impressed with other recordings by Magnificat (Victoria's Officium Defunctorum, for example), and have a liking for Tallis, Taverner, Mundy and Byrd, so this was, to use the modern cliché, a bit of a no-brainer.

The pieces by the less-well known Robert White are not at all out of place, fully justifying Philip Cave's decision to include them.

The performances are every bit as good as I expected.

The recording is well up to Linn's usual high standard.

If you have the equipment the SACD layer is superior to the red book layer, offering more "air", a greater sense of the recording venue, more of the harmonics of the voices, a greater sense of reality. That said (and some seem not to like comments about high res formats) the CD layer is fine.

A minor quibble (and it is both minor and very personal) is that I still prefer the Tallis Scholars' old recording of Mundy's Vox Patris Caelestis, as I like their more ethereal quality. However, that is a matter of very personal taste and Magnificat are very good and are much preferable to the very earthbound The Sixteen in that piece.

Recommended to anyone who likes this repertoire or as a starting point to anyone wanting to investigate for the first time.


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