Stanley Crowe

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Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (355 of 419)
Location: Greenville, SC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 757 - Total Helpful Votes: 355 of 419
Berg / Beethoven: Violin Concertos ~ Ludwig Van Beethoven
Berg / Beethoven: Violin Concertos ~ Ludwig Van Beethoven
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderful recording, 30 July 2014
This recording has been received with the kind of awe that is reserved for Abbado as he struggled through the last part of his life under the shadow of death, but I think the praise is warranted -- not because of "depth" or any special kind of elegiac expressiveness, but because these are lucid, beautifully recorded performances. Santa Fe Listener thinks the violin too prominent in the aural mix, but, listening on my Bose headphones I didn't feel that, though I admit I'm not familiar with many recordings of the Berg concerto. I was struck here by the opening of the second movement -- after a first that seemed to me suggestive of the life and beauty of the young girl whose death occasioned… Read more
Bright Star [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Ben Whishaw
Bright Star [DVD] DVD ~ Ben Whishaw
The jury is still out on Fanny Brawne, but Jane Campion has made up her mind: here she is steadfast, deeply feeling, aesthetically gifted (the opening shots of the needle and fabric are among the best images in the movie), and in every way worthy of the affection of John Keats. Keats's friend Charles Armitage Brown warns Keats that she is a distraction, a flirt, and a tease, but that is not what the movie shows. Brown, for his part, is presented as jealous of his intimacy with Keats and becomes a rival for Keats's attention and affection. He is portrayed as unpleasant and unprincipled. So . . . as Jane Campion says in one of the Special Features, the story is a love triangle, with Keats… Read more
Mahler: Symphony No.9 ~ Gustav Mahler
Mahler: Symphony No.9 ~ Gustav Mahler
Some years ago, I heard Sinopoli conduct this symphony with the Philharmonia in the Royal Festival Hall. I swear that he took ten minutes at the end of the last movement, where Boulez takes about four-and-a-half. I was on the edge of my seat (and not looking at my watch, so my sense of the time might be totally off!). But Boulez's account was every bit as compelling. First of all, it's beautifully recorded -- transparent to an extent that neither the loudest parts nor the most delicate are compromised (I listen on decent Bose headphones) -- and for me that takes care of the "cold" issue. The music just isn't cold, and I don't think Boulez could chill it if he tried. What he does do… Read more