E. J. Garbutt

Helpful votes received on reviews: 89% (47 of 53)
Location: Welkom, South Africa


Top Reviewer Ranking: 177,946 - Total Helpful Votes: 47 of 53
The Gramophone and the Voice by John Steane.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master of Voice, 27 Jun 2012
What can one say about the writings of J B Steane? Any who have read "The Grand Tradition" will know he is the master of his subject. His use of the English language is a delight. His knowledge of singing from the first recordings up to the present (actually 2011 when he died) is absolutely phenomenal. His reviews are touched with a hankering for past glories; but he is impartial in criticizing the old Prima Donnas & Prima Dons (if I may be permitted to coin a phrase) and giving credit to fine singing amongst current singers.
This book is actually just a collection of second opinions on reviews from the "Gramaphone" magazine which serves to bridge the gap between 1970 (where "The Grand… Read more
Ferrucio Tagliavini: Recital ~ Verdi
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gigli's true successor, 25 Jun 2012
It is well known that Gigli resented the tag "the Second Caruso", but I am sure Ferrucio Tagliavini did not feel the same way about being labelled the "Second Gigli". While Gigli's voice and style were very different from that of Caruso, Tagliavini sounds uncannily like Gigli. It is no secret that he modelled his singing on that of his famous predecessor. Indeed, at times he sounds like Gigli without his notorious mannerisms. He too can produce a wonderful honeyed sotto voce and his pianissimii are rapturous. He enjoyed a considerable reputation in the 1940s & 50s singing with all the top singers of the time. Unlike his closest competitor (Giuseppe di Stephano) his star seems to have waned,… Read more
Scarlet Pimpernel - The Complete Series 1 & 2 [DVD&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Richard E.Grant
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I must agree with all who have acclaimed Richard E Grant's assumption of the title role. He shows the mettle such a hero would have needed. However, I consider that much of the flair and spirit of the books are lost in this production. The books have charm, innonence, period nostalagia and use poetic license to avoid graphic depiction of the horror and bloodshed which are an obvious part of the tale. By implying, and leaving the sordid details to the reader's imagination, the effect of the books is just as telling and far more appropriate as entertainment for the whole family. One of your reviewer's rightly observed that large parts of the books have been thrown out of the window. The… Read more

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