Geoffrey W. Fawcett

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 61% (45 of 74)
Location: Sweden
 

Reviews

Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,151,213 - Total Helpful Votes: 45 of 74
Carl Davis: Napoleon ~ The Wren Orchestra
Carl Davis: Napoleon ~ The Wren Orchestra
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This disc is in all, except one, departments magnificent. The music by Carl Davis is gripping from first to last. The playing of the Wren Orchestra could not be bettered and the recording has plenty of depth and presence. The exception is the playing time...a measly 52 minutes. The blurb accompanying the disc makes much of Davis's great acheivement in writing the longest film score ever at 5 hours and yet all we get is 52 minutes. This smacks of customer rip-off, and although the disc artistically is perfect, commercially it's plain bad value for money. But of course anyone interested in film music and/or Davis's music is going to buy this anyway so I suppose there's no incentive for the… Read more
Songbird Symphony ~ Songbird Symphony
Songbird Symphony ~ Songbird Symphony
I know that this sort of recording is viewed as tacky by most people, including myself, but I have to admit that once I put it into the player I was hooked.
The musical performances may not be of the highest calibre, but the disc is a joy from start to finish. I must explore more releases from NorthSound of America.
Verdi: Un giorno di regno ~ Jessye Norman
Verdi: Un giorno di regno ~ Jessye Norman
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only studio recording, 3 July 2010
This is the only studio recording ever made of Verdi's second opera, an immense flop at it's La Scala premiere in 1840. It's no masterpiece, Verdi himself would have nothing to do with it after it's one and only performance in Milan, actively dissuading further productions during his lifetime. One could hardly imagine a better case being made for this work, the cast is excellent, the conducting fizzes and the work comes across as an enjoyable but highly forgettable footnote to Verdi's output. The opera has never been and will never be part of the standard repertoire, even Verdi Festivals seem to run shy of it. Perhaps Verdi was right to shun it.