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Bach: Goldberg Variations
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £16.95

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit of a plodder, 7 Jan 2008
I must confess to being a lifelong Keith Jarrett fan, long before he started recording classical music for ECM. I am also a great fan of the Goldberg Variations.

Whilst he achieves a rich sound via a splendid instrument, as well as executing the written music with technical correctness, what this version lacks is flair and tempo. For that reason only in my opinion, the recording is outshone by many other versions of this incredible work.

A worthy, but maybe misguided, rendition of a great work from an undeniably superb keyboard player.

The Well Tempered Clavier: Book 1
The Well Tempered Clavier: Book 1
Price: £21.06

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthy, 7 Jan 2008
This is a very good introduction to the keyboard repertoire of JS Bach, as well as a fine example of Jarrett's ability to cross over to classical music when the mood takes him. His rendition is relatively pure and unadorned, which some may find a bit pedestrian. My only criticism is that at times, his playing can seem a little "clunky", somewhat lacking in lightness.

See for yourself.

Metheny Mehldau
Metheny Mehldau
Price: £8.83

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelmed, 24 May 2007
This review is from: Metheny Mehldau (Audio CD)
As a Metheny fan and a new listener to Mehldau, I was a little disappointed by this album. My only previous experience of Mehldau was Live in Tokyo, which I found a bit sterile and constricted, pure maybe but lacking passion. I was looking to this duet to realign my impression of his playing with that of his many vociferous fans.

With the exception of Make Peace, which is a beautiful and moving piece, I was fairly untouched by this album. I am worried that I seem to be the only music lover who does not heap praise on Mehldau, but the tentative and constricted playing is what I notice most. As a firm Keith Jarrett fan, maybe I am looking for the wrong thing.

Please buy the album and decide for yourself, but for me this goes on the same pile as Metheny's duet with Charlie Haden: a bit slow, a bit pedestrian, a little uninspiring.

Piano Music (Roge)
Piano Music (Roge)
Price: £12.78

8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime, 27 Jun 2005
This review is from: Piano Music (Roge) (Audio CD)
All lovers of piano music from this period - especially those drawn to Faure, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel - should have this disc. Pascal Roge plays through a tantalising repertoire with such dexterity and lightness of touch that it is impossible to resist repeating tracks over and over again.
A truly great rendition of some ravishing music.

Matt Molloy / T Peoples / P Br
Matt Molloy / T Peoples / P Br
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £42.95

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, 25 May 2005
If you love dynamic, authentic Celtic music, specifically Irish in this case, you have to have this album. If you are new to this type of music, you should at least try this album; it is a great synthesis of a vibrant musical tradition.
The three musicians featured are legendary in Irish circles and the music you will hear is neither over-produced nor spruced up by modern electric instruments, as is the case with many "traditional" bands today.
There are many fine gigs and reels, as well as the plaintive song "Shamrock Shore", which laments the passing of part of Ireland into the hands of the colonial British.
Several of today's more commercially aware bands owe many of their tunes and much of their inspiration to these fine musicians, who conspire to give us all "a mighty session" on this great album.
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Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2005 (Mitchell Beazley Drink)
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book 2005 (Mitchell Beazley Drink)
by Hugh Johnson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £9.32

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An essential wine lover's companion, 2 Nov 2004
The author's own preface to this pocket compendium sums it up perfectly. You will find in this book the vast majority of the basic information you need to choose wines in a shop, a restaurant, on holiday - even from your own cellar. It is an immensely valuable resource and as yet, I know of no other published book which can compete. It is well organised, well written, reassuringly comprehensive and excellent value.
Anyone looking for detailed profiles of particular producers or wines is barking up the wrong tree. You simply can not compare this book to, say, a Parker wine buyer's guide. Besides which, you would look and feel a bit silly wading through a huge reference book in a restaurant. But this little companion works well if mixed with intuition and some common sense.
I have bought nearly every annual edition of this book for the last 21 years. Out of my library of over 45 books on wine, this is still the one I would choose to save if faced with imminent shipwreck. The torture would be in not being able to save any bottles !
My only criticism comes from a suspicion that Hugh Johnson himself has less and less to do with the book with each new edition - hence four rather than five stars. But as one previous reviewer said, the book would make a great present for both amateur and serious wine lover alike.

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