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Turandot
Turandot
Price: £11.42

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive live performance of one of the great nights in operatic history., 6 Nov. 2015
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This review is from: Turandot (Audio CD)
This live performance captures one of the greatest nights in operatic history. It records Vishnevskaya's debut at La Scala, combined with the great Calaf and Turandot of Corelli and Nilsson. Their duet/competition in Act 2 is one of the finest moments of recorded history you will ever hear. The astonishing thing is that it is all live, and you can hear how amazed the audience is. Superbly conducted and beautifully played, this a must have recording. The supporting roles are very well-taken, especially Zaccaria as Timur.
Pavarotti's performance with Sutherland is also a must have, but for authentic full-blooded Puccini singing, this is unmatched, and in a league of its own. Don't miss Dame Eva Turner's recording for the definitive Turandot from Bolton's greatest Diva.
Those three recordings should suffice for a complete Turandot experience


Drums Of Autumn: (Outlander 4)
Drums Of Autumn: (Outlander 4)
by Diana Gabaldon
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Best of a Brilliant Series so far., 14 Feb. 2015
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I'm really surprised that some of the reviews of Drums of Autumn were negative. I found it the best one so far, although I have found them all superb. I enormously enjoyed the plot twists and turns and loved the real dilemmas facing both 18th and 20th century characters. The depiction of life in Colonial America was fascinating, and I confess to shedding a few tears at appropriate moments. Yes, it's long but hard to put down.


Falla: La Vida Breve
Falla: La Vida Breve
Offered by music_by_mail_uk
Price: £24.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Recording of a Masterpiece. Buy!, 31 Dec. 2014
This review is from: Falla: La Vida Breve (Audio CD)
Grab this recording if you can. It's far better and much more authentic to Andalusia than the de los Angeles version. Berganza is imperious and thrilling, even if some of the role is high for her. Carreras is magnificent, pre leukaemia, and in glorious voice. Pons and Nafe are excellent and praise also for the offstage voice of Manuel Cid. Navarro and the LSO play as if their lives depend on it..


Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2
Mahler: Symphonie Nr. 2
Price: £18.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect performance, 16 Jun. 2014
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A great work perfectly performed. Every nuance seems right, and the end is transcendent. Never underestimate Haitink, especially in Mahler and Bruckner. Listen and weep for joy!


R Strauss: Daphne
R Strauss: Daphne
Price: £15.12

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Performance of a Lifetime, 16 Jun. 2014
This review is from: R Strauss: Daphne (Audio CD)
This is just a miraculous LIVE performance of a rarely heard but wonderful Strauss opera. I was lucky enough to sing Peneios in a concert performance with Chelsea Opera Group in the QEH some 20 years ago, with a fabulous cast, but this recording gives us a chance to hear some of the greatest voices of the 20th Century singing one of Strauss' masterpieces. Wunderlich and King are simply unbeatable in the roles of Leukippos and Apollo, and Hilde Gueden sings Daphne as if her very life depended on it. Boehm, to whom the opera was dedicated, plays it to the hilt, and my only caveat is that the great Paul Schoeffler was well past his best when he recorded Peneios.
Buy this and give yourself a treat. You will never hear two tenors as good again, ever!


Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Wagner: Tristan und Isolde
Offered by encorerecords
Price: £59.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumphant Tristan, 10 Dec. 2012
I grew up with this recording and still turn to it most often out of my five others. For me, its greatness rests with the close relationship between Vickers' supreme Tristan and Karajan's deeply felt conducting. Dernesch is perfectly decent as Isolde and her voice was still fresh and youthful at the time, Ludwig is peerless as Brangaene (her Wacht is sublimely beautiful and heartfelt), Ridderbusch was at his best vocally and sings with a deep sense of grief and sorrow and Berry goes from the swaggering arrogance of Act 1 to the overwhelming sadness of Act 3 with touching clarity.
Vickers is simply magnificent as Tristan, from the heroic but vulnerable warrior of Act 1 through the desperate, doomed lover of Act 2 to the devastated, delirious lost soul of the wonderful third Act. The voice was at its most glorious at this time, a huge virile, thrilling instrument capable of sublime pianissimos and overwhelming climactic fortes. I was lucky enough to hear his Tristan live in 1978 at Covent Garden, and this recording is a testament to his genius. Suthaus for Furtwangler is the only recorded Tristan to get close but he was already a little past his best in 1952. The Furtwangler is for me the other must have Tristan recording and only limited by the sound quality compared to the Karajan. Both are superb. Bohm's version is excellent for his conducting and Nilsson's wonderful Isolde but I'm afraid Windgassen, for all his intelligence and stamina, is not the real Tristan. Similarly, Vinay always sounds to me like a pushed up baritone and not a real heldentenor. None of the modern tenors seem to me to get close to the role yet, but we can but hope.
All in all, for the magnificent playing of the Berlin Philharmonic, the big 70s sound, the depth of Karajan's reading and the splendid cast led by Vickers' overwhelming Tristan, I rate this (just) the best recording of Tristan und Isolde.


Mahler: Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen / Kindertotenlieder / Rückertlieder (DG The Originals)
Mahler: Lieder eines Fahrenden Gesellen / Kindertotenlieder / Rückertlieder (DG The Originals)
Price: £7.59

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utter Perfection, 22 May 2012
This is one of the finest recordings of Fischer-Dieskau's distinguished career, and in the wake of his recent death, must stand as a fitting memorial to one of the greatest singers of all time. His vocal control, the godlike beauty of his instrument, the deep intelligence behind his interpretations, all of these combine in this recording of Mahler's most heartfelt music to create a cd of utter perfection. With the addition of Kubelik and Boehm's conducting and the fine playing of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Berlin Philharmonic, we are lucky enough to have this performance captured forever. I would recommend any singer to listen carefully to these interpretations to learn how words and music can combine to produce such sublime beauty. At the end of my favourite of these songs, "Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen", DFD sings "I am dead to the bustle of the world, and repose in tranquil realms. I live alone in my heaven, in my devotion, in my song." Sadly, the great artist has now gone from us, and one can only hope that we who survive him can keep burning the eternal flame of his genius.


Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel / 4 Poems by Fredegond Shove / The House of Life
Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel / 4 Poems by Fredegond Shove / The House of Life
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Travels of a Cornishman, 1 Sept. 2011
This is a beautiful recording of a well-known cycle, along with some other unfamiliar songs. Ben Luxon was one of England's finest singers of the last fifty years, and his retirement due to hearing problems was a huge loss to British music. He is also one of the nicest people you could meet and I had the privilege, many years ago, to study and work with him. His performance of the Songs of Travel is deeply committed, beautifully sung and sympathetically accompanied by David Willison, who was Luxon's recital partner for many years.
He eschews the over-dramatic style of Bryn Terfel, whose mannerisms intrude too far into his recording, but gives a more personal reading than the well-sung but slightly bland recording of Roderick Williams.
Obviously, all reviews are subjective, but I would say that Luxon's reading of Vaughan Williams' wonderful setting of Stevenson's beautiful and heartfelt poetry is as good as one could find, and is an absolute bargain at this price. The unfamiliar songs are also perfectly performed, and add to our understanding of Vaughan Williams as the quintessential English composer of the 20th Century. I write as a Scotsman, with a great love of Stevenson's writing!


Renaissance of the Celtic Harp
Renaissance of the Celtic Harp
Price: £9.20

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great Albums, 24 Sept. 2009
I first bought this album as a record in the early 70s, and converted it to cd as soon as it became available. This is my number one Desert Island Disc and I play it regularly, at least once a week. It can soothe when stressed, stir when lethargic and console when sad. It is a marvellously played and arranged album with a wealth of wonderful melodies, wrapped in an atmospheric glow of seascapes and timeless Celtic mythology. Stivell created a work of great beauty and depth, and I would heartily recommend this to anyone, and not just folk fans. It is a one-off creation, a litle oasis of perfection and tranquillity to relax with in our over-stressed lives.


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