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Ground Of Its Own
Ground Of Its Own
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite special, 11 Aug 2012
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Not a long a detailed review; I am into vocal music, but not heavily into Folk. To summarize my impression of Sam Lee's CD - this is a unique treatment of the music, sung to perfection with deep understanding of what he is singing, combined with a very high degree of musicianship. The singing is haunting, and sensitive, paying as much attention to words as to music, and goes a long way to convert one to a fan of the genre. Impressive debut disc, evidently a labour of love. Looking forward to more. Thanks Sam.


The Portuguese Nun ( A Religiosa Portuguesa ) ( La monja portuguesa (La religieuse portugaise) )
The Portuguese Nun ( A Religiosa Portuguesa ) ( La monja portuguesa (La religieuse portugaise) )
Dvd ~ Leonor Baldaque
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Price: £32.69

16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unadulterated poetry, 31 Jan 2011
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Thanks to Amazon UK for pointing out that this item may not be in stock again [what an unfortunate decision...] which prompted me to order it from Amazon France.

This film - concept, script, acting, directing, photography - is of a unique quality [which it shares with films like Andre Delvaux's 1971 film Rendez-vous a Bray, based on Julien Gracq's Le Roi Cophetua]- that makes watching it an outstanding and rewarding experience - intellectually, emotionally, and aesthetically.

As The Guardian film critic Peter Bradshaw, in his review, described and rated it, Eugene Green's film - "is a true gem".

Not to be missed.
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Music for Films
Music for Films
Price: £17.27

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This music should come with a health warning, 21 Feb 2009
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Elizabeth Schwarzkopf said that the sign of a good lieder recital is, that one comes out of a different person from the person who went in. Ms Karaindrou's music does not need the endorsement of the great Schwarzkopf; by quality, it is the sort of music that has the same effect on the listener; nor does it need the visual support of the films it was written for in order to be appreciated; all it needs is your open, receptive, and responsive heart.

Its beauty, delicacy, and piercing quality should make ECM [the label to be credited for all her recordings] put a warning on each of her CD's - "Caution - Highly Addictive".

I hope that Amazon will soon include among the listings of Ms Karaindrou's CD's the newly released Dust of Time, yet another gem to treasure.


Eleni Karaindrou: Elegy of the Uprooting
Eleni Karaindrou: Elegy of the Uprooting
Price: £23.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Don't let the good be the enemy of the best, 16 Feb 2009
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This review does not concern the music; after all, nobody would buy a CD of film and stage music without knowing the composer - either directly, or indirectly [probably through films of Theo Angelopoulos], if the music did not have its own merits, and legs of its own to stand on. As for the performance - I have expressed my opinion on the DVD of the same concert. The CD is good, but the DVD is excellent, so - if you can - go for the DVD. One word about presentation - it is quite surprising that ECM, not exactly the cheapest label on the market, showed surprising disregard for the music, as well as for the buyer, by deciding not to include texts and translations of the songs on these CD's; nor did they include subtitles in the DVD. For reason of timing, probably, there are more items on the DVD [e.g. the encore of the stage music to The Seagull]. Well done performers, in making full justice to music coming from the heart and soul of Ms Karaindrou. No marks for ECM, who have already released few CD's of the Composer, and are about to release yet another one in February 2009, until they reconsider their attitude to Composer, and to buyers, and put on the market a complete and well considered package.
If you are thinking of buying this [good] item - do not do it until you have considered the option of buying the [best] DVD.


Elegy of the Uprooting - Eleni Karaindrou [DVD] [2008]
Elegy of the Uprooting - Eleni Karaindrou [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Eleni Karaindrou
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where does one start?, 13 Feb 2009
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Even if you have the CD of this concert - do not hesitate to buy the DVD; it brings out all the pain, sorrow, and sadness in the music - which is so well matched to the Angelopoulos films it is written for - to a level that can only be described as intense, all-embracing, existential. No way is it right to single out just the one instrumental soloist, but the contribution of Konstantinos Raptis, playing the accordeon, is deeply moving. Maria Farantouri is as serene, sensitive, and totally committed to this haunting music, as she was in her first recording [for EMI] of The Ballad of Mauthausen by Theodorakis. And if you are man enough, you will not be ashamed to admit that watching this DVD, you will have a lump in your throat, and a haze in your eyes, more than once.


J-P Rameau In Convertendo [DVD] [2010]
J-P Rameau In Convertendo [DVD] [2010]
Dvd ~ Les Arts Florissants
Price: £14.99

9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5* for In Convertendo & Documentary, 0* for the rest., 13 Feb 2007
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To be charitable, I shall start with saying that the performance of the Grand Motet In Convertendo is up the the usual standard of excellence one associates with William Christie. As a bonus comes a comprehensive - as far as a DVD in concerned - documentary, despite the silly chit-chat between two surplus-to-requirement Deus ex Machina characters. Otherwise - very poor general presentation - no reference to the vocal Soloists in the Motet - either in the booklet, or in the Biographies bonus on the DVD. If the Soloists are good enough for W Christie, they should be good enough for Opus Arte to say something about them. This is disrespect to the Artists, and disregard where the consumer [probably not The Consumer to this label] is concerned. Nor is there a mention of the source of the text, taken from the book Psalms. The three instrumental pieces would have been perfect on a CD, when one cannot notice that the performers do not seem to have much fun participating in the playing [for a model of sheer fun in playing - and how much it enhances the viewer's pleasure - see DVD of Argerich & the late Economou playing Mozart]. Thanks Christie et al, try harder - much harder - Opus Arte.


Time To Leave [DVD] [2006]
Time To Leave [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Melvil Poupaud
Price: £7.04

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart breaking in parts, 7 Feb 2007
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Death is too big to be dealt with without the occasional touch ofmelodrama and bathos - but who can blame the dying, specially if the Big C is going to claim the life of a 31 years old. On the whole - moving, and in parts heart breaking, due to the excellent actors in the major roles - with Poupaud as the main character, Moreau in a small but important part, and of course writer-director Ozon. Well chosen music too. Deserves watching more than once.


Concerto Em Lisboa
Concerto Em Lisboa
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Price: £12.48

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mariza Mia Bella, 27 Nov 2006
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A great CD from an accomplished Fadista - but the DVD will add a great deal to the pleasure. If you cannot watch the DVD [reviews of the DVD have been posted on Amazon] - this is still a must-have CD


Concerto Em Lisboa [DVD] [2007]
Concerto Em Lisboa [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Mariza
Price: £8.28

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mariza Mia Bella, 24 Nov 2006
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This is no longer Mariza singing to a non-Portuguese audience; this is a performance in Lisbon, the homeland of the Fado, and where the legendary Amalia Rodrigues lived and sang - no small challenge. Mariza, here, is an accomplished Artist, like a rose in full bloom, full of colour and freshness in the morning dew, singing with poetry, or drama - as the song requires. She is accompanied with great sensitivity and discretion by her usual guitarists, and an orchestra. Amongst others, you will find here the usual Primavera, and she finishes her concert with a tribute to Amalia Rodrigues, singing her song "O Gente de Minha Terra", during which she is overcome with emotion; just as Ferrier, while singing Mahler in Edinburgh, or Salonen conducting Sibelius' second symphony. Not bad company at all... in total, watching this DVD is a rewarding and truly moving experience. Thank you, Mariza Mia Bella


Gérard Souzay - Recital
Gérard Souzay - Recital
Price: £10.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Model of sensitivity and beauty, fit for a Master Artist, 23 Feb 2002
This selection of works by Faure, Schubert, and others represents the accomplished combination of intelligence with regards to words, sensitivity where musicality is concerned, and beauty of voice and vocal line. Just listen to Beethoven, or Faure, or indeed each and every item. Pearl's usual hiss is virtually non existent, and items released by other labels do sound clean and well balanced. A must for vocal music Lovers and vocal performings Artists alike.


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