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on 4 August 2008
Please ignore the review below - the gentleman quite clearly has cloth in his ears. This is a splendid collection of "artificial" piano concertos from the golden age of cinema, the best known being the Warsaw Concerto. Philip Fowke is admirably partnered by his Irish conductor and orchestra and they give these slight but gorgeous scores their all. In particular, the Warsaw Concerto comes off splendidly well in EXCELLENT SOUND. Richard Rodney Bennett's waltz from Murder on the Orient Express is another winner. This is a super selection if you have a taste for romantic piano concertos. Great stuff.
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on 11 October 2008
Congratulations to Naxos for compiling this fine CD. The genre of romantic film music is admirably represented here in works from the 1940s and 50s, and gets first-rate performances and commitment from Fowke and the RTE Orchestra conducted by Ó Duinn.
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on 12 June 2009
This compilation was an brilliant idea. All the pieces are jewels of the piano concerto music on movies. And many times they stay obscure to the listener in the movies (such as the Warsaw concerto). It is a great buy!
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on 30 October 2013
Loved this cd, the music is great and you can listen to it over and over again
each time you hear something new
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on 2 February 2014
Good slection of old favourite semi-classical piano pieces.Definitely not the sharpest recording in the world, but then, it's not the most expensive CD in the world either.
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on 6 September 2012
I love the Warsaw Concerto from various listenings on Classic FM, and when I saw this CD I was immediately grabbed to try it. As stated by other reviewers, the pieces aren't essentially 'piano concertos' in the formal sense, but the listening experience is terrific and the pieces themselves are fantastically self-contained outside of the movie setting. Not hugely substantial pieces, but brimming with razmataz and excitement.
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on 5 September 2008
I can only agree with Dr Scott.
Quite what disc Mr. M. F. Allen was listening to,and with what equipment I don't know.
However his whole review sounds more like a rant,than a balanced and informative review.
As this is a Naxos disc it is budget price as well, and certainly worth adding to your collection.
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on 9 February 2010
A stunning recording! It totally recaptures the mood of the wonderful romantic films from which the music is taken.

I find Mr Allen's review completely bewildering and can't agree with it. (Pity he has to stoop to insults, too: hardly sign of a balanced opinion; but, each to his own.)

This is pure gold, not least for the price!
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on 11 January 2013
This was a gift for a friend but I heard it also. Lovely music, played by a great orchestra. Buy!
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on 21 October 2011
Sound quality leaves a lot to be desired.
Seems like it was taken from the actual film, as sound quality is very poor, not up to the usual quality you would expect from NAXOS.
Would not recommend it to anybody that hopes for a digital sound!!
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