Stanley Crowe

a friend of mine . . .
Top Reviewer Ranking: 711
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (386 of 458)
Location: Greenville, SC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 711 - Total Helpful Votes: 386 of 458
Anna Moffo - La Bellissima: The Debut Recordings ~ Anna Moffo
The first opera movie I ever saw was the Moffo "Traviata" with Bechi and Bonisolli, and I loved it. I bought her RCA "Traviata" on vinyl, but wasn't all that impressed by Tucker and Merrill, and so when Caballe/Bergonzi/ Milnes came along, I went with that, and was very pleased. I later got the Bergonzi/Sutherland, and thought Sutherland's singing was just stupendous indeed. Until now, the only recording of Moffo that I owned was her "Luisa Miller' with Bergonzi and Sereni, and very nice it is. The "debut recordings" I'm reviewing here I found second hand for under $4.00! They represent Moffo in her mid-twenties (she was born in 1932), and for a young singer --… Read more
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming
A Foreign Country by Charles Cumming
4.0 out of 5 stars an enjoyable thriller, 16 Aug 2014
A woman, Amelia Levene, is about to be named head of MI6, the British equivalent of the CIA. Some of her colleagues aren't happy, and apparently there are elements of the French Secret Service who aren't happy either, for they foresee, with her ascension to power, the possibility of increased British interest in the North African field, where they have had a pretty free hand up to this point. But the French have an ace in the hole . . . they have discovered a secret from Amelia's past that they can perhaps use against her. No one in MI6 knows anything about it, and then Amelia disappears from her vacation place in Nice . . . Panicked, an MI6 officer asks Thomas Kell to find out what's going… Read more
Berlioz - Harold in Italy (Harold en Italie) LSO ~ Hector Berlioz
3.0 out of 5 stars sabotaged by the sound, 15 Aug 2014
A couple of reviewers on American whom I respect really like this disc -- John Kwok and Santa Fe Listener -- but I find myself agreeing with the one-star reviewer that the sound is a serious let-down. There's no doubt about Davis's pacing and feel for the textures of this wonderful music, but the balances from the engineers seem to oddly highlight sections of the orchestra in ways that strike me as artificial-sounding, and the violist, Tabea Zimmerman -- is miked a tad too closely throughout. And to make things worse, the sound, for all its presence lacks warmth -- the strings and the lower brass sound charmless in timbre; the woodwinds get a better deal. Zimmerman has warmth… Read more