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Henri Dutilleux Retrospective
Henri Dutilleux Retrospective
Price: £14.10

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars special mention should go to Seiji Ozawa's brilliant version of The Shadows of Time - I would ..., 30 Mar. 2015
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The recordings of (or at least the transfers of the recordings) of the 1st and 2nd Symphonies are rather disappointing - dry, flat and a bit muddy (compare with Tortelier's sparkling versions of both on Chandos). However, the remainder of this box set has much to commend it; special mention should go to Seiji Ozawa's brilliant version of The Shadows of Time - I would never have guessed this was a live recording until the applause at the end! CD2, with works conducted by Paul Sacher and Mstislav Rostropovich, is also excellent. But really, if you're a Dutilleux fan, for the money there is no need to hesitate.
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Nearly Human
Nearly Human

4.0 out of 5 stars great songs, lousy production, 10 Mar. 2014
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This review is from: Nearly Human (Audio CD)
A top-notch selection of songs, but (considering his reputation as an engineer-whizz-kid) absolutely terrible production - harsh, trebly; Todd really needs to revisit the master-tapes with this one.


Holmboe: Symphony Nos. 8 & 9
Holmboe: Symphony Nos. 8 & 9
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Price: £16.82

3.0 out of 5 stars Great music, shame about the recording, 12 Jan. 2013
The music is fantastic - bracing, astringent and dramatic, but unfortunately the experience of listening to it on this recording is marred by a very 'boxy' unnatural sound, almost as though the orchestra have been recorded in the next room; there just isn't enough clarity in the upper registers in particular, making the whole sound sit uncomfortably around the middle frequencies. A shame, because Holmboe is a terrific, and terribly underrated, composer.


Jardin Au Fou
Jardin Au Fou
Price: £10.63

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 17 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Jardin Au Fou (Audio CD)
Polished like a jewel by Tangerine Dream's Peter Baumann, this is Roedelius's best album (and there are many to choose from). More than 30 years on this record is still having an effect on the best contemporary musical artists: just listen to Actress's 'Jardin' (surely a deliberate reference) from 2012's 'R.I.P'. The bonus tracks are neither here nor there, but this CD is loveliness personified.


Kill For Love
Kill For Love
Price: £7.99

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars not 90 minutes long, 5 Aug. 2012
This review is from: Kill For Love (Audio CD)
Why do people keep repeating the myth that this CD clocks in at 90 minutes, because it doesn't - it lasts 77 minutes.
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Katzenmusik
Katzenmusik
Offered by newagemusicstore
Price: £11.91

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful, 9 Sept. 2011
This review is from: Katzenmusik (Audio CD)
Undoubtedly Michael Rother's masterwork - this album is still mystifyingly unknown and underrated. Perhaps it's because, at first listen, the tracks all sound rather similar, and in fact Rother does use the same basic musical material as his building blocks--a mix of arpeggiated cadences, echo-drenched flourishes, soaring 'fuzz' guitar, and synth washes--all underpinned by Jaki Liebezeit's awsomely metronomic beats (no one hits a cymbal quite like the former Can drummer). And the result is - just utterly blissful! This is music that is easy to listen to, but there is nothing superficial about it: there's lots going on and it repays repeated listens--the whole thing is lovingly constructed. Here and there (e.g., Katzenmusik 11) the sound textures and playing betray Rother's nostalgic love of the late 50s/early 60s jazzy-folk style of Danish guitarist Jorgen Ingmann, whom he heard as a young teenager. My view is that Rother is one of the truly original guitarists of rock music--untainted by (or uninterested in) blues and rock-n-roll influences, he was free to follow his own vision both within Neu and in his solo work. You really have to surrender to this music, but trust me, it's worth it.


A Journey
A Journey
by Tony Blair
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

53 of 88 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars "A journey . . . along the path of self-righteousness" (John Crace)., 6 Sept. 2010
This review is from: A Journey (Hardcover)
Simon Jenkins in the Guardian described this book as "a mildly engaging stream of auto-eroticism", and that just about sums it up for me. Blair is severely deluded; and he uses too many exclamation marks!!


Nicholas Sinclair: Five Cities
Nicholas Sinclair: Five Cities
by Nick Sinclair
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning and unique portrayal of five European cities, 24 July 2010
Nicholas Sinclair's 'Five Cities' is an extremely beautiful book. The twenty-five (or twenty-six including the frontispiece) photographs explore the scarred and marked surfaces of walls, trees, and telephone booths, depicted in either richly gradational black and white or glowing sepulchral colour. The cover image, where the deep orange flecks appear as small flames against a penumbral 'background', is a good indication of the intensity of these images when viewed sequentially. Ultimately this is the book's strength: it is not simply a collection of images gathered from diverse sources (in this case the eponymous five cities of Berlin, Palermo, Paris, Budapest and Istanbul), but a `photographic book' in which the photographs themselves seem to have been produced specifically for this format. It is also a bracing antidote to the numerous `City' photography books, in which famous landmarks, clichéd cultural stereotypes, or the ubiquitous `aerial view' are predictably set out, often adding nothing to one's perception of a sense of the place in question. By contrast, Sinclair's photographs focus upon the apparently slight and inconsequential, surfaces where nature, technology and the human seem to converge, reiterating these quotidian images as if searching for meaning. What the viewer gains is a growing sense of familiarity, and a desire to unpick or decode the many pictographic marks, shapes and mottoes revealed here, as somehow covertly and mysteriously explanatory of the places they represent. Highly recommended.


Good Morning
Good Morning

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Morning world!, 1 Jan. 2010
This review is from: Good Morning (Audio CD)
This is a truly beautiful record, and how rare is it to have a bonus track that is a valuable addition rather than an embarrassing afterthought. 'Good Morning' is Daevid Allen at his crazy, meditative and melodic best - the tunes here are to die for, Song of Satisfaction is particularly gorgeous; but actually there isn't a bad track on this record. The production (in spite of Allen's reservations) is wonderful - warm and home-made (all done on a teac 4-track apparently). Ultimately though, for all his annoying hippiness, this is quite simply a breathtakingly beautiful record...


Portraits
Portraits
by Derren Brown
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £19.99

9 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up the day job!, 8 Jun. 2009
This review is from: Portraits (Hardcover)
Derren Brown is a highly entertaining, funny and original performer. I've enjoyed watching him both live and on his TV specials, and it's fair to say that he has transformed modern magic. But his 'portraits' are truly terrible - grotesque (and not in a good way), amateurish and dull. Actually the title of the book is rather misleading as these are caricatures, but of the very worst kind - aiming for the most facile exaggeration accompanied by crude technique. In the introduction Brown talks about discovering art at school, and these are certainly of sub-'A' level standard: this book would never have been published if it's author were not already famous. The caricaturist's art is a subtle and skillful one - if you want to explore it, don't start here.
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