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5.0 out of 5 stars James Rhodes: poet, thinker, musician, 16 July 2010
This review is from: James Rhodes Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside (piano recital) (Audio CD)
I eagerly anticipated this disc from James. The disc's title is a cheeky tribute to the Glenn Gould and I'm sure would have been appreciated by the great prankster the Canadian master was! James is very serious when discussing the works on this CD, revealing how well read he is and shares his ideas about what the composer may have had in mind when composing each work. The music on offer represents peaks of the repertoire, so don't be put off by the title or cover of the CD.

James's performance of Bach's emotional and thorny sixth partita is beautifully thought out and he plumbs the depths in the music without losing sight of its stylistic provenance. The approach is very uncomplicated with clear articulation and dancing rhythms. As in his earlier recording of the 5th French Suite, James shows himself to be very fine Bach player playing with great intelligence and giving us an uncluttered and refreshing view on this great work.

Beethoven's Op. 109 is a tough nut to crack. Making sense of the wildly contrasting moods is very challenging: what's it all about ? James has his ideas that he articulates on the CD (its good to hear his thoughts, always fascinating and apposite). Upon listening several times over, its hard to think of an interpretation that makes more sense of the rhapsodic lyricism, the dreamy introspection tempered with steely Beethoven sturm and drang. So a very poetic, highly nuanced reading that's a triumph in every respect, and all the more amazing considering James's unconventional route to the recording studio! Having read several reviews in the mainstream press, I'm not the only listener to reach these conclusions.

I enjoyed the Bach Busoni transcription more that I thought I would. Its a huge work and performances from the likes of Horowitz have always cast a shadow over any pianist tackling it: so you need to have something different to say. James certainly does, though the tone is a touch lean at times and needs a deeper and more resounding sense of "organ" fortissimo.

Bonus tracks include a a Prelude and Chopin last, stormy Etude and the slow movement of Bach's transcription of Marcello's Oboe Concerto. In conclusion, a triumph. A serious musician is at work here, the playing is more focussed and determined than on his last disc and adds up to an exceptionally fine recital.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album! :-), 26 Mar. 2010
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This review is from: James Rhodes Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside (piano recital) (Audio CD)
I'd listened to some of James Rhodes' playing from his first album and rather liked it, so I was very much hoping that this CD would be more of the same - and I'm pleased to say that it was :-) I'm no classical music expert, but I love the images evoked by his playing, especially on those pieces where there is a lot of delicate fluttering over the keys - reminds me of butterflies for some reason! I really want to hear him play live now, if it sounds this good in a recording, it must be even better to hear it for real.
The interviews with Rhodes at the end were a brilliant touch: shedding light on the choice of pieces for the album, and also, perhaps unintentionally, giving us a glimpse into what music really means to him - this is the kind of thing that I wish more music artists would include on their albums, both classical and otherwise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 7 Feb. 2014
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James Rhodes passion and enthusiasm for and immersion in the music is beautiful and inspiring. He has become my nightly lullaby. Just lovely.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fantastic Recording from James Rhodes!!!, 26 Jun. 2010
This review is from: James Rhodes Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside (piano recital) (Audio CD)
This is a truly exquisite recording. The first thing I should say is that there are small some technical issues in a few pieces, fudged notes etc; but this in no way detracts from the musical quality and integrity of James Rhodes' piano playing! A first rate pianist indeed, who is not a purely technically driven machine. Both his passion and musical intellect emanate from his performances in superb fashion. The third movement of Beethoven's Op.109, in particular, is certainly one of the most beautiful recordings of the work I have ever heard.

Too often in recordings these days a pianist records the complete this or that, often feeling as though the pianist wants to just get all the Beethoven Sonatas out of the way, but in this recording; which is much closer to the recital experience, one feels as though these works share a common quality. This recording shows that it is fine to enjoy a recording of one Bach Partita in isolation, without having to be saddled with the other five.

It would also be prudent to mention the Bach-Marcello Concerto Adagio - the best recording of it which I have heard. In short James Rhodes is an excellent pianist and musician, this is an excellent recording and I hope there are many recordings to follow. I would dearly enjoy some Scriabin on his next album!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 29 Jan. 2015
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great album
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5.0 out of 5 stars A genius and legend in his own time., 17 Jan. 2012
This review is from: James Rhodes Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside (piano recital) (Audio CD)
A brilliant and gifted pianist capable of stirring the emotions without words. His style is unique and unmistakeable and his enthusiasm and interpretation of familiar pieces are a joy to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piano Playing with Passion, 19 Aug. 2010
This review is from: James Rhodes Now Would All Freudians Please Stand Aside (piano recital) (Audio CD)
This is an exelent C.D. James's passion for his music realy comes through on this C.D.
I am not (or at least wasn't ) a great fan of Classical music and this C.D. has shown me that the Classics can be brought alive by someone who has a passion for it.
I would recomend this C.D. to anyone whatever their taste in music is.
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