Mr. A. N. Matthews

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Location: UK


Top Reviewer Ranking: 43,267 - Total Helpful Votes: 81 of 93
Die Walkure ~ Wagner
Die Walkure ~ Wagner
I have to confess at the outset that despite having heard Solti live both in the opera house and concert hall I never like his conducting. I found it harsh, driven and lacking in warmth and lyricism.
This set came as a complete revelation. The orchestra plays wonderfully in all departments but the depth of string sound (so often lacking in British orchestras ) shines out magnificently. The ebb and flow of the piece is captured vividly. The playing is committed and transparently glowing. The extreme elements of the score (the blackness of Hunding and tenderness of Sieglinde) are encapsulated in outstanding digitally remastered mono sound.
On paper I expected Hotter to tower over… Read more
Keeper's Beach by Mark Ryder-Jones
Keeper's Beach by Mark Ryder-Jones
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A really enjoyable novel that weaves many themes together intricately and with great finesse. The subject of loss and bereavement is examined within the characters and we see how they deal with them, some stoically, some rationally some pragmatically and some not very well at all. However they all come across as Human. The backdrop of the novel is rural south west England in WW2 and the lives of the farming community. It is told through the eyes of a young German refugee who grows up amongst farming stock. Like the previous reviewer I felt absorbed by the pace of the plot and it became more complex and yet moved quickly and held you spellbound. The writing is finely coloured yet precise and… Read more
Brahms- Complete Symphonies 1,2,3,4, Variations on&hellip ~ Wilhelm Furtwangler
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Brahms, 22 Mar 2014
This box contains not only all the Brahms symphonies conducted by Furtwangler but also the Haydn Variations, 3 Hungarian Dances and Beethoven's Coriolan and Leonore No II overtures.
The Brahms are recorded between 1947 and 54 all with the BPO save for the 1st (VPO). They are all live recordings. As they are all over 50 years old you expect the sound to be rather aged. However the quality of the performances transcend the sound quality. The power of the Fortes comes searing through. I have always had a slight problem with Furtwangler's gear changes which at times can be disconcerting but he gets that something from the orchestra in the way of depth of tone and commitment that you… Read more

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