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Portrait Gallery by Edward Greenfield
Portrait Gallery by Edward Greenfield
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a life!, 4 May 2014
As a very elderly and self-admitted disabled man it's wonderful that Mr Greenfield can look back on a most fulfilled life. This is not a memoir in the continuous chronological sense, but an absorbing collection of vignettes about the most important musical figures he has interviewed, achieved friendship with, or whose work he has simply followed and reviewed over many years.
I have followed his reviews and articles since the 1950s and have usually trusted his opinions.
It is also informative about the great musical occasions he has attended, and I am sure that as he compiled these memories they must have given him great satisfaction and often brought a smile to his face.
I… Read more
Mozart: Die Zauberflote [Bregenz 2013 Pountney] [A&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Alfred Reiter
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly magical, 25 April 2014
David Pountney's set on the lake at Bregenz is a circular mobile island surrounded by water along which turtles, eggshells and other craft transport the cast, who also appear on a perilously high rope bridge high above the island which itself grows dense foliage, acts as a platform for the Queen of the Night, and transforms into Sarastro's temple. The whole is colourfully, magically lit, and the jaw drops with the beauty of it all.
With all this excitement the singing, (from people who are not household names in opera), could easily be an anti-climax, but it's not.
To my ears all the cast perform excellently well, coping easily with a moving set often packed with hazards. Oh yes,… Read more
Conducting Business: Unveiling the Mystery Behind &hellip by Leonard Slatkin
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You don't need to be a 'wannabe' conductor to find this interesting, informative and sometimes amusing. Yes, Mr Slatkin does give advice and encouragement to those future maestros, but it's never so technical that interested lay readers can't understand it.
Partly the book is autobiographical, partly professional and partly commentary on other masters of the podium and why all of them are so different in style. We learn much of interest about major orchestras, their rules, tantrums, strikes and loyalties. Mr Slatkin takes us in detail through 10 problem points in 10 different famous musical scores, and shows how to negotiate them.
Occasionally I would have liked more detail. eg… Read more