David G. Davies

Helpful votes received on reviews: 82% (87 of 106)
Location: Berkshire, UK

Music, particularly classical and jazz, Musicals, Theatre, Doing stuff with technology, Good radio - plays and comedy in particular, cycling, good food


Top Reviewer Ranking: 187,517 - Total Helpful Votes: 87 of 106
Il Cappello ~ Nino Rota
Il Cappello ~ Nino Rota
This is a poor recording of a live performance in Brussels on 6th March, 1976. It is distantly recorded as if from microphones a little way from the stage and from we can hear, the performance itself is rather scrappy - the orchestral playing is far from that of a well rehearsed professional pit orchestra.

It's very unfortunate because the opera itself , based on an 1851 comic play, is a joy from start to finish - it so deserves a good modern recording, or even just a reissue of the far superior recording conducted by the composer and released by RCA on 2 stereo LP's in 1975. This version was originally made for film and the RCA issue was taken from the soundtrack. A CD… Read more
Wonder Man (L'Uomo Meraviglia) <b>DVD</b> ~ Otto Kruger
Wonder Man (L'Uomo Meraviglia) DVD ~ Otto Kruger
As others have said, the film is superb. Funny throughout, so many classic comedy scenes, culminating in Danny trying to sing grand opera whilst communicating with the D.A. who is in a box alongside the stage, constantly being interrupted by the soprano, AND avoiding the two thugs with guns who are out to kill him... brilliant. Of course, the Marx brothers did something like it earlier and Danny does similar routines in other films but so what? It's all near-genius.

Have no fears about the sound - even if you don't understand a word of Italian, getting the English option from the menu is very straightforward.

What I couldn't solve was the aspect ratio. As it says… Read more
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos Nos.2 & 3 <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tchaikovsky-Piano-Concertos-Nos-2-3/dp/artist-redirect/B001N9YBB6">Charles Dutoit and Peter Jablonski and Philharmonia Orchestra</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I wouldn't necessarily disagree with the very negative review here. However, interpretations apart, this recording is important, if only as a curiosity. As far as I can see, it is the only available recording of the "completed" version of the third concerto - this has three movements and all other recordings have just one.

The history of this work is that Tchaikovsky started it as his sixth symphony, abandoned it and then re-wrote the first movement as a piano concerto. It was published posthumously as Allegro Brilliante, also called Piano Concerto 3. After his death Tanyev took two more movements from the symphony and re-worked them for piano and orchestra as "Andante and… Read more

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