Mr. S. Brown

"Stuart Brown"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (158 of 169)
Location: Wiltshire, UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 128,949 - Total Helpful Votes: 158 of 169
Vaughan Williams and the Symphony (Symphonic Studi&hellip by Lionel Pike
I sang under Lionel Pike at Royal Holloway College from 1974 to 1977, so I was fascinated to learn that he had authored this book. It is not a relaxing read: but if you want to come at these symphonies from an academic perspective, aimed at demonstrating that the composed was a master of the form, then this is the definitive text.
Holst - In the Bleak Midwinter [DVD] [NTSC] <b>DVD</b> ~ Tony Palmer
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Other reviewers have said that Holst's music deserves to be better known; and the score of 'The Planets' fascinated me at school. Yet within ten minutes of the start of this film I found myself feeling irritated. Why? I could have done without the numerous versions of "I vow to thee, my country": however good the words may be, they are not Holst's nor did he approve of the setting (as the film rightly points out), and the 'Jupiter' theme is in any case in completely the wrong key and ranges too widely to make it singable without having to transpose part of it - so I cannot think of a less appropriate way to convince people of the merits of Holst's music. As for the imagery - if one is going… Read more
Shine and Shade - Works for Recorders and Piano ~ Sir Lennox Berkeley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Somehow I expected more from Piers Adams. He is a technically brilliant recorder player: he glides over top F-sharps on a treble (difficult to do without kicking one's front teeth out ...) with admirable smoothness; and his playing has a precision that is very pleasing. Yet he succeeds in making the recorder sound like a second-rate instrument played brilliantly rather than a seriously beautiful instrument played seriously beautifully. A top-flight treble such as Adams is using is capable of a lot more expressiveness than one hears demonstrated on this CD. His is - so I understand - a custom-built treble, which should in theory be at least the equal of my own instrument (a handmade rosewood… Read more

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