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Grechaninov - Passion Week - Phoenix Bach Choir, Kansas City Chorale
Grechaninov - Passion Week - Phoenix Bach Choir, Kansas City Chorale
Price: £15.45

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC FOR PASSIONTIDE, 6 April 2010
This is wonderful music by one of the creators of what we now recognise as Russian Orthodox music. It fully reflects the mysticism and spirituality of Holy Week.

Restored, Returned
Restored, Returned
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good musicians do not do the same thing for ever, 22 Nov. 2009
This review is from: Restored, Returned (Audio CD)
Some of the reviews of Tord Gustavsen's latest CD seem to be predicated on the belief that once any musician has found a successful genre they somehow owe it to their audience never to move on. Music does not work that way. Think of how Miles Davis' and John Coltrane's output changed out of almost all recognition over their careers. Keith Jarrett's music continues to evolve. Not every step along the way will stand the test of time, but that does not invalidate an artist moving in (to quote Miles Davis) new directions.

Restored, Returned is a quality set and shows that Mr Guistavsen too is moving on. We should regard this CD as evidence of an artistic Work in Progress. I for one look forward to the next instalment.

Being There
Being There
Price: £15.06

50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ECM's new Keith Jarrett, 17 July 2007
This review is from: Being There (Audio CD)
I am 61 years of age. It is probably not too extreme to describe Keith Jarrett is the pianist of choice for many of my generation who love jazz. We were bowled over by Facing You all those years ago and have been thrilled by most of his output ever since. Even the pieces that we might individually have thought were a bit off-track (and doubtless these varied from one of us to another) subsequently made sense in the context of the overall development of his art.

Being There gives me the sense that we have, in Tord Gustavsen, a pianist whose talents will build from their already formidable level for years to come. We used to wear out vinyl LPs by playing them too much. If a laser jet can similarly wear out a CD, this one is the most serious candidate in my collection. It is, quite simply, perfect music that cannot be recommended too highly.

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