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Mozart: Cosė fan tutte ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart: Cosė fan tutte ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
118 of 119 people found the following review helpful
If it is slightly unusual to have 2 recordings of the same opera by the same conductor in the shops 30 years after they were recorded, it is ever more rare to find 3. Karl Bohm’s expertise as a Mozartian conductor amply justifies this extravagance, and of his 3 recordings, this is his best. The overwhelming impression the recording leaves is one of sympathetic tempi. Bohm could never be accused of rushing Mozart, and to some tastes, he may seem a little slow. For my taste however, a more relaxed tempi allows every nuance and phrase to be articulated correctly, and so great is his control over Philharmonia Orchestra that this recording is a near flawless appreciation of… Read more
Mozart: Don Giovanni ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mozart: Don Giovanni ~ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Don Giovanni is an opera not easily placed into any of the established categories: although there are a number of comic scenes, the impact both of the attempted rape and murder in the first few minutes does hang over the rest of the opera until the terrible moment of reckoning in the penultimate scene. No more however can it be described as a tragedy. It is therefore a very difficult opera to perform, as the characters don't have the same degree of certainty as to their role that they do in other operas.
In terms of the cast, among the major parts, Renee Flemming is the best. Donna Anna is a hard part to sing, as the role demands dramatic elements in her first big aria "Or sai… Read more
Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch
Thomas Cranmer: A Life by Diarmaid MacCulloch
76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
Thomas Cranmer was one of the inexperienced of all the 103 Archbishops of Canterbury when he was elevated from his brief tenure as Archdeacon of Taunton, after 20 years as a don at Cambridge, however despite this was to prove one of the most significant occupants of St Augustine's throne: his liturgy, the Act of 39 Articles, most of them identical to his 42 Articles, and the Royal Supremacy remain on the statute book to this day. In this magnificent and beautifully written book, MacCullock weaves together the theological and political parts of Cranmer's life, and provides a comprehensive account as to how these two motivations, often in conflict, impacted upon him.
Thomas Cranmer is… Read more

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