Stanley Crowe

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 685
Helpful votes received on reviews: 84% (407 of 483)
Location: Greenville, SC


Top Reviewer Ranking: 685 - Total Helpful Votes: 407 of 483
Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11 ~ Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
Haydn: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 11 ~ Norwegian Chamber Orchestra
If you think of the piano concerto as a deeply expressive genre -- as it became from late Mozart on -- then Haydn's three concertos (the only three that seem undoubtedly his) can seem slight by comparison. But they're lovely pieces, with plenty of energy and surprises in the phrasing, and Leif Ove Andsnes does a fine job with them here. His touch seems calculated to create something of the effect of a fortepiano, an effect that some reviewers find unduly percussive, but you can't make a modern concert grand sound totally like its predecessor, and there's warmth and color in Andsnes's phrasing, even in the quicker passages, that makes them arresting to hear. The slow movements have gravity… Read more
Native Guard by Natasha D. Trethewey
Native Guard by Natasha D. Trethewey
To say what these poems are about is not really to give an idea of their quality and interest -- for that, you just have to read them. But the book hangs together in an intriguing way. If it has a central concern, it seems to me to be the question of belonging, and in particular Trethewey's insistence in belonging to Mississippi. Early in the book is "Graveyard Blues," a poem about her mother's funeral, a poem whose formal oddness (it's a sonnet made up of four off-rhyming tercets and a rhyming couplet) is no impediment to the reader's understanding, for the diction and the syntax are quite standard. The last poem in the book, "South" (seventeen oddly-formatted unrhymed… Read more
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos.12 & 17 ~ Alfred Brendel
5.0 out of 5 stars robust and energetic, 7 Sep 2014
Thirty years, give or take, after his Mozart recordings with Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Brendel is back, this time with Mackerras and the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. The older recordings still sound very good, and no lover of Mozart or the piano should be without them, but it's good to hear this music and this musician in more present sound and in a performance that is no less lively. The two concertos on this disc (nos. 12 and 17, from 1782 and 1784 respectively) were recorded in 2004, and they're among the last concerto recordings that Brendel made before he retired in 2008. There is no lack of energy in the playing, and the recording catches it very faithfully;… Read more