Stanley Crowe

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 700
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (398 of 471)
Location: Greenville, SC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 700 - Total Helpful Votes: 398 of 471
The King Of Comedy [Blu-ray] <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Robert De Niro
The King Of Comedy [Blu-ray] Blu-ray ~ Robert De Niro
"The King of Comedy" (1982) isn't itself a comedy. Rather, it's an anatomy of a cultural disorder, and it presents that disorder with a prescience that's amazing, for in our 2014 world of "reality" TV we see made manifest what Paul Zimmerman's script (written in the 1970's) seems to be getting at -- that part of our attraction to or fixation with "celebrity" is a kind of illness: it comes to seem to us that to be publicly acknowledged as existing can blind us to what would normally seem shameful or embarrassing in our own behavior and seems to require a degree of violence of self-assertion in compensation for manifest inadequacies in our lives. There's a tendency to force ourselves upon… Read more
Massenet: Tha´s ~ Jules Massenet
Massenet: Tha´s ~ Jules Massenet
Five stars for the recording -- the opera itself is not up there with Massenet's best, but it is so well sung and recorded here that one has to give the performers what they deserve. The problem with the opera can be simply stated: Massenet isn't up to providing music of the expressive power that his dramatic situations require. Only perhaps in Thais's "Mirror" aria in Act 2, does he come close. Elsewhere, the music is lovely and charming, and more than that is needed in a tale about salvation and damnation. Nicias's "divertissement" at the end of Act 2 is meant to express the infernal, disgusting life that Thais is leaving behind -- but it comes across as a charming and… Read more
Berlioz: Te Deum ~ Hector Berlioz
Berlioz: Te Deum ~ Hector Berlioz
I don't know the Davis recording from the 1960's, but it's hard to believe that it could do a better job with the choral writing than the DGG engineers do here, in a recording of a live performance from St. Alban's Cathedral. There was absolutely no distortion, and the tonal qualities of the choral parts were distinct and good-sounding. Not all the problems of recording, live, a work on this scale, in what I would guess was a pretty resonant acoustic, were solved. The choruses were set back relative to the orchestra and organ (well played by Martin Haselbock), and if the sound was tonally clean, the loud concerted passages still tended to create a blur of sound -- a pleasant blur, to be… Read more