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5.0 out of 5 stars Mike Batt - Eccentric or Genius?!, 11 Feb 2013
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This review is from: The Hunting Of The Snark From The Mike Batt Archive Series (CD+DVD Set) (Audio CD)
Watching Mike Batt's face as he conducts the LSO (who are all wearing stripey sailor style t-shirts!) you are left wondering if the man is a genius or a nut-case! However, it's obvious he is the former, even if the story and the words are utter nonsense! (Was Lewis Carroll a genius or a nut-case?!)
Sometimes a bit of nonsense is just what we need these days. The quality of the recording (on CD & DVD) is excellent considering this was recorded over 25 years ago. The sound is very good and does justice to the sound of the full orchestra which on this occasion was augmented with big band and rock musicians. Mike was clearly in his element as he conducts his way through the various songs. Seeing the joy on Billy Connolly's face and the obvious interplay between the other singers leaves you thinking that they must have had a lot of fun rehearsing and performing this piece. John Hurt's performance as the narrator (on the DVD) takes his part with a seriousness that shows just what a professional he really is!

I love these sort of shows that are pure fantasy and have a genuine 'feel good' factor. (My family think I am mad so I usually end up banished to my office to watch such things!)

I was not familiar with this work until my sister sent me a link to a Youtube excerpt. Having ordered the DVD/CD set I was soon disappointed that the DVD wouldn't play properly on my DVD player (freezing and pixelating), though it did play a little better on my PC, though not without some serious glitches. Although I purchased this item from Amazon I contacted the record company (Dramatico) direct and they kindly sent me a new DVD disc. Unfortunately this too has some serious errors but not until much later in the concert. I have lost the will now in terms of seeking a refund and the CD plays perfectly. I will try the DVD in my other DVD players around the house and hope I might find one that is a little more forgiving of my faulty discs. I've found previously that some discs will play perfectly well on some machines and not on others.

I hope that Dramatico can sort the quality issues on this disc. I have awarded my 5 stars purely for the composition/performance. Enjoy!
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