H. W. Davies

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Edward Elgar The Apostles Op.49 (Recorded Live) ~ Hallé
Though I've never been a huge Elgar fan, heard just a few bars of this on a typically expensive CD review episode on the radio one Saturday and duly purchased. Initially I was a little lukewarm on it I must confess - beautifully sung, and played, yes, but I wasn't so thrilled musically - "Standard English Choral" as it were. However, on each listen it's grown on me, with some highlights being some very moving episodes - perhaps akin to "Negro Spiritual" style of singing and rhythm. . Whether these are Elgar's intention, co-incidence, or Mark Elder's spin on it, I can't say - but it certainly works. Not as spectacular as something like Belshazzar - a(nother) favourite of mine, but this is… Read more
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos ~ André Cluytens
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos ~ André Cluytens
I've just been listening to this for the first time and it is fantastic. I'd never heard the Great Man's piano concertos previously, though very much an admirer of his symphonies and quartets, but gather he was a formidable pianist as well as one of the great composers.

First of all the music - from the first few bars I was enthralled! Clearly it is Shostakovich's music, so if you like his stuff, you'll like this. To described the music, something notable in many of the concerto movements, was the piano, though clearly very separate from the orchestra, was still playing alongside the orchestra if that makes sense. Dare I say most piano concertos each take turns almost. Here the… Read more
The Tomorrow People ~ Delia Derbyshire
The Tomorrow People ~ Delia Derbyshire
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
No doubt like others considering this disc, I have become interested by early electronic music, including Delia Derbyshire's work. It's hard to sensibly review - since apart from the signature tune, most of the incidental tracks are just that, and not intended as music per se, but almost sound effects or background. That said, I found it intriguing and quite compelling, but more of a curiosity or part of an exploration than as an album to listen to. Many of the tracks are somewhat reminiscent of the Barron's work for Forbidden Planet, albeit not at their level of greatness - in fairness Forbidden Planet's budget (for music) would doubtless have dwarfed the time / money available to Delia… Read more