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The Rest is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Cent&hellip by Alex Ross
1.0 out of 5 stars mostly noise, 17 July 2014
sadly the author is rather uninformed about MUSIC, so he packed the book with lots of what he probably thinks is factual research and is dismissive about some of the more crucial information because he doesn't realise their importance. There is no clear direction, either the author hasn't been able to step back far enough to see a clear picture, or doesn't have what it takes to understand the myriad musical phenomena. What he gives you is a lot of 'noise'. In the hands of a better informed and less shallow writer, a cohesive composition that features themes and variations and developments would have emerged, and I am still waiting for such a book.
Scriabin - The Composer As Pianist ~ Alexander Scriabin
Scriabin - The Composer As Pianist ~ Alexander Scriabin
3.0 out of 5 stars misleading cover, 3 Jun 2014
The three stars are for half the CD, ie the tracks played by Scriabin and Lhevinne. The rest are just fillers, incongruous pianists with no musical merits whatsoever. Frankly I was aghast someone actually put such a cd together.

The cover is deliberately misleading and makes no mention that half the tracks are played by people whose Cds I wouldn't look at let alone buy.

The Scriabin by Scriabin CD I would recommend is - 'Scriabin and the Scriabinians: Preludes, Etudes, Mazurkas' which is available on amazon. On this one instead of 9 scriabin tracks, you only get 6, but the rest of the Cds, each track a jewel, is music to die for!
Medtner - Piano Sonatas ~ Nikolay Karlovich Medtner
Medtner - Piano Sonatas ~ Nikolay Karlovich Medtner
its unfortunate about the performer because the selection of Medtner sonatas is a perfect selection to this wonderful composer's piano works.
There are a few other Medtner piano sonata Cds, but I am still waiting for THE one that ticks all the boxes.

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