J. W. Rainey

Helpful votes received on reviews: 68% (13 of 19)
Location: Belfast, N.Ireland


Top Reviewer Ranking: 337,583 - Total Helpful Votes: 13 of 19
On Air - Live At The BBC Vol 2 ~ The Beatles
5.0 out of 5 stars Lennon does Berry!, 25 Mar 2014
Not quite as startingly original as Volume 1, but worth it just to hear John Lennon ripping into Chuck Berry standard, 'Talking bout you". Lennon to my mind has the rawest, most expressive voice in rock history and his Berry cover proves it!!
Brahms: Works For Solo Piano Vol 1 (Chandos: CHAN &hellip ~ Barry Douglas
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life of Brahms, 25 Mar 2014
The running order of tracks on this recording give the impression of a live concert performance, rather than a staid recording session. The beauty of Brahms later pieces steal the show here - Douglas manages to capture the wistful yearning of a comtemplative man looking back on his life with some profound regret - "Frei aber einsam". Brahms later works including his mellow clarinet pieces are to be treasured, and Barry Douglas has allowed us a glimpse into Brahms soul. His Brahms and Schubert recording projects are daunting in their complexity, but I feel sure they will be deeply rewarding.
Brahms: Piano Concertos [Stephen Hough, Mark Wiggl&hellip ~ Stephen Hough
11 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brahms with gravitas, 5 Dec 2013
Hough's empathy for Brahms comes shining through in these performances. He is technically flawless, combining muscularity and gentle lyricism. All Brahmsians will rejoice at the new Hough and Barry Douglas releases.

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