In retirement - 2010
Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (189 of 212)
Location: Isle of Wight, UK
In My Own Words:
Former headmaster and teacher of English, I have had twenty years of happy retirement devoted to my books, my music collection, my garden, my dogs and, above all, my family, most especially my wife of fifty years, Marie. I am the luckiest of men, having all four sons and their families living no more than ten minutes away.

Music (especially opera and song), reading, family history, history in general. As a younger man, I enjoyed singing and amateur dramatics


Top Reviewer Ranking: 16,555 - Total Helpful Votes: 189 of 212
Love Duets - From Puccini to Bernstein ~ Stephen Costello
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Stephen Costello is a competent tenor. If he adheres to the right (lightweight) repertoire, he will do OK. His wife, Ailyn Perez, is not in the same league. Her soprano is weak and often reedy, and she certainly should not be singing the operatic repertoire featured on this disc. Their marriage may well be a very happy one, but the vocal partnership is already under heavy strain. In this field good looks are not of themselves enough.
The Verdi Album ~ Jonas Kaufmann
The Verdi Album ~ Jonas Kaufmann
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I almost didn't buy this album. I haven't been a Kaufmann fan in the past, having been disappointed by his Pinkerton with Angela Gheorgiu, but I decided to take a chance, and I'm so glad I did.
His voice is the most virile tenor since Franco Corelli, capable of blazing top notes, yet with the most affecting piannissimi. He shows great respect for the wishes of his composer, giving us the last note of `Celeste Aida' exactly as Verdi stipulated, and including the drop of an octave and a half in `Di' tu se fedele' from Un ballo in maschera, which many tenors, including Pavarotti, reduce to half an octave.
The word which comes foremost to my mind for this album is `thoughtful'… Read more
Verdi: Requiem (Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano) [DVD]&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Daniel Barenboim
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This is the first DVD I have bought of a concert/recital rather than a dramatic or operatic performance and I didn't know quite what to expect. I have three audio recordings of the Verdi Messa da Requiem, of which my favourite is the Giulini version with Schwarzkopf, Ludwig, Gedda and Ghiaurov as the soloists. I have to say that I find this DVD version under Daniel Barenboim equally satisfying.
The choral and orchestral forces of La Scala, Milan, respond well to Barenboim's direction, with the brass and woodwind sections in particular making the most of the opportunities Verdi gives them. The `Tuba mirum' is very exciting and the woodwind provide a delicate and delightful backdrop… Read more

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