M. J. Nelson

Michael Nelson
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Helpful votes received on reviews: 93% (738 of 790)
Location: Leeds


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,370 - Total Helpful Votes: 738 of 790
Dances ~ Benjamin Grosvenor
Dances ~ Benjamin Grosvenor
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pianism Par Excellence, 19 Aug 2014
"Benjamin Grosvenor may well be the most remarkable young pianist of our time.....this is a disc to prompt wonder and delight in equal measure." So wrote the reviewer of this disc in Gramophone, which awarded it the accolade of Recording of the Month. The superlative playing apart, what distinguishes the disc is the unhackneyed choice of works. Bach's Partita No 4 and Chopin's Andante spianato et Grande Polonaise brilliante may be reasonably familiar but how often on recital discs are Scriabin's attractive Mazurkas and Granados's delectable fragments Valses poeticos featured ? Just as unfamiliar are Morton Gould's racy Boogie-Woogie Etude, a scintillating encore piece, and the… Read more
Pops in Space ~ John Williams (Composer)
Pops in Space ~ John Williams (Composer)
This disc of what have become iconic scores in the history of American film music was recorded 34 years ago and I have had it in my collection for nearly all of those years. They established John Williams as the most accomplished and successful member of a whole school of composers who introduced a new style of symphonic scores appropriate to the rash of space age and fantasy-based Hollywood blockbusters which have long dominated cinema screens. But what makes these particular scores really interesting is the classical influences that can be detected in them. Williams is a serious composer with a clear appreciation of the classical repertoire and there are hints here of a number of works… Read more
Love Duets - From Puccini to Bernstein ~ Stephen Costello
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Until I read the enthusiastic review of this disc in Gramophone I had never heard of the featured artists (he's American, she's Puerto Rican). Looking at some of the accompanying notes and the slightly 'showbiz' photographs, and bearing in mind several of the other reviews here, I thought perhaps this was a case of 'opera-lite' : more than a notch or two above Katharine Jenkins and Russell Watson but somewhat below Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. But no : it seems the singers' credentials are quite impressive, including, for example, having sung La Traviata together in a number of major opera houses around the world. Moreover, the disc is 'produced in association with BBC Radio 3… Read more