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The Book Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Book Thief (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Profoundly Beautiful Score, 18 Nov. 2015
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One of William's very finest scores: low key but involving, haunting, and very, very beautiful. I have listened to it many times and it develops, and deepens. (There are hints of Debussy). As I get older, such scores, in contrast to those famous, signature Spielberg scores form the 70s and 80s, are the ones that really last. Listen to 'Stepmom', for instance. Or 'Lincoln'. Add 'The Book Thief' to those and you have an alternative collection of profoundly beautiful works.


Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Interstellar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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4.0 out of 5 stars I understand why this might not be thought of as a great score, but there are moments of greatness in ..., 18 Nov. 2015
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Fascinating, inspiring, and incredibly moving. I understand why this might not be thought of as a great score, but there are moments of greatness in it, indeed. Listening is a thrilling, involving experience.


The Ides Of March
The Ides Of March

5.0 out of 5 stars A Minor Masterpiece, 18 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: The Ides Of March (Audio CD)
One of Deplat's finest, though a smaller scale work compared to his heroic scores. I didn't notice the music so much in the film, but that doesn't lessen it's impact, when you listen to it, or it's quality. In fact, there are two or three pieces I return to often: Molly's Solitude and Steven Meyers, each a minor masterpiece, and only a few minutes long.


The Imitation Game (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Imitation Game (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Fine Soundtrack, 18 Nov. 2015
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A very fine soundtrack; compelling, and beautifully scored. The notes suggest he scored and conducted this within two and half weeks, which makes it a minor miracle. I have grown to admire, and then to love Desplat's work, which seems to me to stand up as music beyond the film. This a superb example


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Having loved the first film, 11 Oct. 2015
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Having loved the first film, Newman's score for the second serves up more of the same, but that's no criticism. Even when some of the tracks seem duplicated, there is enough to delight. My favourite track is 'Sagai'. It's a for a funny, protracted scene in the film, but only I wish Newman could have written a longer version of it, so much do I love it, with it's rolling rythmns, tabla, bells and vocals. The track 'Second Best Exotic' is a version of 'Chimes at Midnight' from the first film, and is one of the loveliest things he has written. And 'Wedding' is a version of another track in the first film which, in it's sustained quiet meditation, fills me with wonder and peace. A joy!

I should like to add this: that both soundtracks prepared me for several months travel in India, and I listened to them even as I travelled. None of them seemed at all inauthentic. They accompanied me when I needed them, just as they did the films.


The Singles Collection
The Singles Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 11 Oct. 2015
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This review is from: The Singles Collection (Audio CD)
Love it. Love them, and love her.


Ravi Shankar: Symphony [LPO: LPO-0060]
Ravi Shankar: Symphony [LPO: LPO-0060]
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3.0 out of 5 stars I was looking forward to this, and have listened ..., 11 Oct. 2015
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I was looking forward to this, and have listened to it several times. It's a lovely, if thin, and unmemorable work whatever the reviews. Too many western orchestral cliches, and not enough Sitar. Perhaps this should not surprise. Shankar was not an orchestral innovator, and nor was his talent taking us to new and different places with an orchestral medium. Worth a listen though.


The Architect and His Wife
The Architect and His Wife
by Jane Ridley
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Read, 11 Oct. 2015
Just finished it for the second time and it remains a very good read. I like that Jane Ridley believes we should see Lutyen's life contrasted and complemented by his wife's. She lead an equally fascinating, if flawed life. In many ways it is a portrait of a strange and unhappy marriage, hardly satisfying in the conventional sense, but it was long-lasting, and was filled with respect. Emily fought for, and achieved independence of thought and belief from one of the most conservative of men, in an age where women did not yet have the vote. But while that seems a triumph, it made them both very unhappy.

Architect's are a weird bunch - a group of artist cum technocrats (not always in that order, or the best at both) who desire the utmost control over other people's lives and who subsume so much of their frustrations with life, and sex, in their work that they often miss the blindingly obvious. Poor Ned Lutyens. He was, perhaps, half a man, but he was certainly a 'great' architect! In the book, I would have loved more on Delhi and the later years, but this is no complaint. It means finding other books, and continuing to read.


Last Chance Harvey [DVD]
Last Chance Harvey [DVD]
Dvd ~ Dustin Hoffman
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3.0 out of 5 stars One for a rainy afternoon..., 12 July 2014
This review is from: Last Chance Harvey [DVD] (DVD)
The names drew me in. Hoffman is an undoubted 'great', and I've loved almost everything I've seen Thompson in, too. Hoffman does what is required of this small film, and while Thompson isn't unrecognised, at times her acting performance here reveals the effort, possibly because the script is thin - too thin, really, to lift this film above the generally pleasant. Hoffman's wedding scenes are genuinely uncomfortable, but unsubstantiated. His Willy Loman character could have had more depth, and Thompson is defined almost purely by her mother (the always excellent Eileen Atkins - another actress who deserves more than she ever gets), so that it is, when it comes to it, less character examination, and its more fairy tale than plausible drama. Enjoy it late at night, or on a rainy afternoon with nothing else to do.


Debussy: Volume 2
Debussy: Volume 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten masterpieces, 12 July 2014
This review is from: Debussy: Volume 2 (Audio CD)
This has become one of my favourite discs, not least because of the recorded sound, which is spacious and lush, but because we get to hear Debussy's authorised orchestrations (all?) by his contemporaries and played so beautifully by the Philharmonia under Simon. Listen to Clair de Lune and revel in the sound. It doesn't replace the piano version, but it sure does offer a rewarding alternative. The Premiere Rapsodie is short and lovely and worth having, but again, listen to the delightfully orchestrated Petite Suite, and the Deux Arabesques. Altogether delicious.


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