R. J. Barton

Helpful votes received on reviews: 92% (223 of 242)
Location: South Africa


Top Reviewer Ranking: 259,887 - Total Helpful Votes: 223 of 242
Mahler: Symphony No. 4, Lieder eines fahrenden Ges&hellip ~ George Szell
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Firstinfourth, 20 Oct 2011
Obviously, any appreciation of any performance is entirely subjective; that being said, this really would be my first choice in Mahler's fine Fourth Symphony. From the first note it is obvious that Szell is going to let the music breathe. Nothing hurried, as is the case with so many performances. If speed is your criterion, better look elsewhere. Szell has always struck me as meticulous in his tempi and this fourth is no exception. The Cleveland orchestra respond to their conductor as though conductor and musicians form one organic whole. Again, that is no more than one has come to expect from these forces. And the sound from Sony is nothing short of stunning! I played this with my 5.1… Read more
Oliver Twist [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Robert Lindsay
Oliver Twist [DVD] DVD ~ Robert Lindsay
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I agree with most of what's been written by other reviewers, so am giving it four stars. Now for that "but" in my title: Where in the book does Fagin come in as a conjuror -- not to say clownish? My reading of his character is that he was exploitative, fawning and self-serving. The scene devoted to his sojourn in prison is also over-long, and could have been considerably curtailed. I also don't remember him being of Czech descent.

The background to Oliver's birth in an orphanage is also over-long, but it does make for interesting viewing, as well as filling in many gaps. It's not Dickens, but serves the story quite well. There are also too many unnecessary appearances and… Read more
Becket [1964] [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Peter O'Toole
Becket [1964] [DVD] DVD ~ Peter O'Toole
Dated, sure....... But they really made good cinema in those days! Made in the heyday of two of filmdom's great icons, Peter O'Toole and Richard Burton were outstanding! Depicting as it does the clash of two contrasting yet in some ways complementary personalities, it's riveting stuff from start to finish. Take, for example the super-ego of Henry II. Who could possibly do it better than O'Toole? Burton brings all his Shakespearean experience to his potrayal of Thomas Becket - gentle, wise and apparently in the pocket of Henry, but unyielding in the end.

And then one comes to sets and settings. From the hunting and wenching scenes in the days of their close relationship to the… Read more

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