Dr. J. M. Vilanova

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (4 of 4)
Location: Leicester, United Kingdom
Birthday: 26 Oct


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Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women As I Knew Them by Frank Langella
5.0 out of 5 stars failure dissected, 16 Jan 2014
I don't usually read auto-biographies, and I have never before read anything autobiographical by any actor. I made an exception with this book by Frank Langella, because he is someone I recently discovered and I felt intrigued about him and because I like the concept of his book: a collection of short chapters about the people, more or less well known, he has met during his life.

Some reviews, like the one by the New York Times, can be misleading. This is not a book about his sexual conquests, as it has been suggested. This is a far more interesting book: this is a book about failure.
Mr Langella has met plenty of successful people, but he has also met with lots of actors… Read more
Symphony No. 5 (Vpo/Abbado) [European Import] ~ Anton Bruckner
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Abbado and Bruckner, 7 Sep 2013
Abbado came relatively late to Bruckner. His last performance of Bruckner 5th with the Lucerna Orchestra (available on DVD/bluray) was a revelation to me and I decided to buy his earlier recording with the Vienna Philharmonic. The performance, is obviously, quite different, but sharing some basic elements, like a lean, dramatic, but not over dramatic approach, never heavy, and with a strong propulsive line. Maybe, over the years, his conception of Bruckner's 5th has lost weight and gained in some degree of playfulness, but here we have a valid performance in its own right, sonically beautiful, and with a satisfying accumulation of dramatic weight, movement by movement, towards a fully… Read more
Verdi: Requiem ~ Montserrat Caballé
Verdi: Requiem ~ Montserrat Caballé
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound problems, 24 April 2013
I basically agree with the previous reviewer regarding the artistic qualities of this Requiem. I discovered Verdi's Requiem through this recording, in vinyl, back in the eighties. Caballe is in, still, good form (it all went downhill after that) and Domingo is also in great form. I assume is the last time they sang together. We've all been waiting for this recording to come out on CD and no one knew why it wasn't released.
The answer now is clear. The sound is atrocious. There's an incredibly annoying fluttering noise that is really loud at the beginning of the recording, when listening to it with headphones. Is it a problem of my particular CD or is it something to do with the… Read more