J. Goh

"Jason Goh"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 90% (63 of 70)
Location: Birmingham, West Mids United Kingdom


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,387,750 - Total Helpful Votes: 63 of 70
Beethoven: Fidelio ~ Jonas Kaufmann
Beethoven: Fidelio ~ Jonas Kaufmann
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic, 24 Aug 2011
There is no shortage of wonderful recordings of this opera - Can we live without the mighty characterisation and rock solid vocals of C Ludwig and J Norman? How about the sublime performance of the lead role by Gundula Janowitz? The unforgettable dungeon aria by Jon Vickers? The near-definitive conducting of the score by Klemperer? But how about a new recording with 21st century sound and recording quality? Well, we should not be looking for pale imitations of historical giants of the work. Indeed, this recording by Abbado is redolent of the golden age of new opera recordings in the 90's (accepting this is not a studio recording), which gives listeners the rare pleasure of re-discovering a… Read more
La Roux ~ La Roux
La Roux ~ La Roux
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
I am 42 and have been in love with music since my childhood. I am deeply passionate about a very wide variety of music, from serious classical music to opera, lived through the 80s with the the New Wave movement, then Madonna and Pet SHop Boys formed the soundtrack of life from the 90s on; discovered trance and danced till it died in the 21st century.

I still buy CDs and always try to keep up with pop other than those from winners of TV talent shows. Why is all this relevant? Let me say this, this album is one of the most refreshing pop releases in recent years!! Yes she has got an odd voice, yes, the lyrics are odd, yes, she looks odd, yes, at first and second listen many of the… Read more
Kafka On The Shore (Vintage Magic) by Haruki Murakami
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical, 5 Jun 2007
A modern classic no less. The power of Murakami lies in the simplicity of prose, the juxtaposition of the mundane and the extraordinary, the relentless gear-shifts from a tedius bus ride to magical surrealism, punctuated by plenty of deadpan humour, zen, philosophy, music and literary cross-referencing. It is hard to believe you are not reading the book in its original language. The translation itself must surely rank as a major literary achievement. The prose ebbs and flows beautifully in sharp stylistic contrast to Salman Rushdie or Ian McEwan (which i equally love). In musical terms, it is almost reminiscent of the comparison between the dreamy passages of Debussy or Chopin and the… Read more

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