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The Expanding Universe ~ Laurie Spiegel
The Expanding Universe ~ Laurie Spiegel
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Laurie Spiegel's music is endlessly fascinating and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in electronic music.

However, the vinyl reissue of The Expanding Universe has been a disappointment. I have no idea whether this is a general problem or not, but on the record I received the hole has been incorrectly centered - i.e. NOT centered! Consequently, the pitch fluctuates with the revolving of the record, and it gets worse as you're nearing the end of each side.

Luckily, a download code is included, so you have the option of downloading what amounts to the full 2CD version in lossless or lossy formats. However, I would definitely recommend buying the CD version.
Donizetti: Lelisir D'amore (L'elisir D'amore Perfo&hellip ~ Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
5.0 out of 5 stars An exuberant E'lisir, 3 April 2013
I was uncertain whether to rate this L'elisir 4- or 5-star. I may be a bit generous but settled for 5 since - although not perfect - it is a delight from beginning to end. Listening to this set, I am convinced that opera should always be recorded live. The spontaneity and enthusiasm of the performers easily make up for small imprecisions and the inevitable stage noise. The Glyndebourne audience is exceptionally silent by the way.

The star of the show for me is Mirella Freni as Adina. Her tone is exceptionally beautiful, warm, honeyed, but not in any way sugary. Sesto Bruscantini brings great character and humour to Dulcamara. Luigi Alva as Nemorino does very well too, and my only… Read more
Mozart: Don Giovanni ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart: Don Giovanni ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lifeless Don, 10 Jan 2013
Two stars for three singers who do their best: D'Arcangelo, Villazon and DiDonato all have much to offer and sing their parts splendidly.

Then the bad bits: This is a decidedly sluggish performance. The problem isn't just that tempos are slow but that any sense of direction or momentum is broken by overly long pauses and a much too generous use of rubato. At times, too, conductor Nézet-Séguin holds back the orchestra to the point where it becomes almost inaudible. Yes, it is subtle, but to the point of the sound of the music actually vanishing.

The true test, for me, of any Don Giovanni will always be the Don's seduction of Zerlina. This is the only time… Read more