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Aura
Aura
Price: £15.76

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Soul of Spain, 24 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Aura (Audio CD)
This Opera delves deep into the dark soul of Spain and is based on a novel by Fuentes. This is a chilling story with as much power as Britten's Turn of the Screw.The music is a wave of sound - dont look for big tunes though there is said to be a reference to a Montiverdi Madrigal from the Sixth Book of Madrigals - read that and your soul in relation to this work will be chilled further.

The label Kairos has failed to let us have a English translation of the Libretto - so unless you can speak Spanish you have to make do with the notes. This does a grave miservice to a very good composer - this is the way to ensure that this man is ignored outside Spain.

Buy this at all costs


Langgaard - Antikrist
Langgaard - Antikrist
Price: £29.70

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new one for the Cannon, 9 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Langgaard - Antikrist (Audio CD)
This work is one to value, it is musically engaging and deals with a biblical subject - not that enticng for some. But remember Salome comes out of the pages of the New Testament also. An Opera from a wrongly maligned composer - acquire this work at all cost


Langgaard - The Symphonies
Langgaard - The Symphonies
Price: £45.99

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Very Much for the Collection, 28 Jan. 2011
Having only recently discovered Langaard I have become a massive admirer. He has been cited as being flawed verbose etc etc by the critics. Without these wonderful works my collection of music would be the poorer.
I reccomend that you purchase this and treat yourself to a feast of Late Late Romantic utterences.
He leaves some other composers way behing


Leoncavallo: I Medici
Leoncavallo: I Medici
Price: £40.31

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PLUSH MURDER, 14 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Leoncavallo: I Medici (Audio CD)
This is very definitely an opera to add to your collection - plenty of melodies & high drama.
Takes you into another world far removed from Murerous Clowns or does it - listen and see
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Violin Concertos
Violin Concertos

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP FIDDLER, 29 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Violin Concertos (Audio CD)
Whatever you do and even if you have some other performances by as well revered artists give this bargain set a hearing. This man has a fluency and power to be marveled atLong may he reign


Sullivan: Ivanhoe
Sullivan: Ivanhoe
Price: £27.56

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars VICTORIAN ROMANTICISM, 29 Mar. 2010
This review is from: Sullivan: Ivanhoe (Audio CD)
Composed around the time of Yeoman of the Guard.This is an altogether "more serious work" - I beleive even Sullivan thought you couldn't have too much fun in an Opera. This is a shame this work does not share the vivacity that I had hoped for but does musically share a lot with the Savoy operas. It is a case that Sullivan would not have been the great man he is now without his association with Gilbert - no wonder the other was so furious about the lack of a knighthood. This is however being able to look back in comfort and hear an opera long out of the repetoire - I would be surprised if it was given an airing by the ENO but then i never mind being proved wrong.
You, however, may love it.


Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook
Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook
Price: £5.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Midnight Sun, 8 Feb. 2010
Have you wanted a disc of songs to play around midnight - pick this one. If it only had Midnight Sun on it would be worth the price


Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book
Ella Fitzgerald Sings The George And Ira Gershwin Song Book
Price: £29.24

5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB & DEFINITIVE, 8 Feb. 2010
Ella Firzgerald delivers here as she has done with al the other songbook albums. Buy it and be enthralled


Stillness
Stillness

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Album is a must have, 8 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Stillness (Audio CD)
If you ever wanted to own the ultimate Sergio Mendes album - from start to finish this is the one - each track a winner


Film Works
Film Works
Price: £5.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Good Home Should have One, 8 Feb. 2010
This review is from: Film Works (Audio CD)
On this disc are selections of music that you know but you don't know who by.This is a good point to start to to get to know Craig Armstrong - if you are fed up with atonal music listen to this man.


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