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Samson & Delilah [CD] ~ V.V. Brown
Samson & Delilah [CD] ~ V.V. Brown
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
While V.V Brown first album was full with energy, her second outing was, well, quite boring. Nearly all the songs are drown in a kind of soup reminding more of modern day opera pieces than pop songs. What's worse, nearly all the songs are in the same mold. I did listen the whole album 4 or 5 times just to see if it would grow on me, but it was sometimes quite painful.
Shaboyan Plays Rachmaninoff Abramyan & Babajanyan ~ Shaboyan
This is the only recording I found of Babajanyan's 'Elegy' (heard on the radio) and I bought the CD for that piece alone. The surprise was the other Armenian composer, Abramyan. All four preludes recorded here were very pleasant. The other pieces of Babajanyan were not as interesting as his Elegy although the 'Capriccio' wasn't too bad.
As for Rachmaninov's piano sonata, Lugansky's interpretation is a lot better.
The Complete Solo Piano Music (Capriccio In F Shar&hellip ~ Howard Shelley
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Once again, Howard Shelley did not disappoint. His interpretation of the Book I of the Songs Without Words is simply wonderful. I have the complete Songs by Barenboim but have always found that version, while technically superb, not taking enough its time to let the music breath. Shelley, on the other hand, allows the songs to develop their emotional potential. I was surprised to see that, for one piece, while the timing is exactly the same between Barenboim and Shelley, I thought Shelley's tempo was a lot slower but it was just how his version 'breathes'. A more natural as opposed to metronomical breathing that I really appreciate more.

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