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Carl Davis: Napoleon
Carl Davis: Napoleon
Price: £11.84

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Space for much more music, 15 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Carl Davis: Napoleon (Audio CD)
This disc is in all, except one, departments magnificent. The music by Carl Davis is gripping from first to last. The playing of the Wren Orchestra could not be bettered and the recording has plenty of depth and presence. The exception is the playing time...a measly 52 minutes. The blurb accompanying the disc makes much of Davis's great acheivement in writing the longest film score ever at 5 hours and yet all we get is 52 minutes. This smacks of customer rip-off, and although the disc artistically is perfect, commercially it's plain bad value for money. But of course anyone interested in film music and/or Davis's music is going to buy this anyway so I suppose there's no incentive for the releasing company to pay much attention to giving cutomers a good deal for their hard earned cash. I note, with regret, that the disc is
released under Carl Davis's own logo.
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Songbird Symphony
Songbird Symphony
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Price: £3.60

5.0 out of 5 stars A disc you'll hate to love, 3 July 2010
This review is from: Songbird Symphony (Audio CD)
I know that this sort of recording is viewed as tacky by most people, including myself, but I have to admit that once I put it into the player I was hooked.
The musical performances may not be of the highest calibre, but the disc is a joy from start to finish. I must explore more releases from NorthSound of America.

Verdi: Un giorno di regno
Verdi: Un giorno di regno

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Only studio recording, 3 July 2010
This is the only studio recording ever made of Verdi's second opera, an immense flop at it's La Scala premiere in 1840. It's no masterpiece, Verdi himself would have nothing to do with it after it's one and only performance in Milan, actively dissuading further productions during his lifetime. One could hardly imagine a better case being made for this work, the cast is excellent, the conducting fizzes and the work comes across as an enjoyable but highly forgettable footnote to Verdi's output. The opera has never been and will never be part of the standard repertoire, even Verdi Festivals seem to run shy of it. Perhaps Verdi was right to shun it.

An American in Paris
An American in Paris
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Price: £5.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gershwin, 3 July 2010
This review is from: An American in Paris (Audio CD)
A good Naxos disc of Gershwin favourites, extremely well played by the New Zealand SO. Judd was a somewhat under estimated conductor while working in the UK, but his
recordings for Naxos with this orchestra have revealed him to be a top notch musician with a wide ranging repertoire.

Overtures & Intermezzos
Overtures & Intermezzos
Price: £11.37

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant listening, 3 July 2010
This review is from: Overtures & Intermezzos (Audio CD)
This is an excellently played and produced program. The interpretations may be a little lacking in the nth degree of theatrical flair but all in all it's an attractive disc and includes one or two rarities. Well worth buying

Verdi - Overtures & Preludes
Verdi - Overtures & Preludes
Price: £13.57

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creme de la Creme, 3 July 2010
This is just superb!! To have the BPO and Karajan playing these, sometimes, hackneyed pieces restores them to their rightful place in opera history. You'll never hear them
played like this again so snap up this set before it vanishes. Compared with the Downes set on Chandos (which is very good too), the taut dramatic energy and flow
brought by HvK hits you right between the eyes, or ears. Pity that DGG didn't go for a complete set of all the preludes, overtures and ballets, but nothing is ever perfect in this world is it?

Andrea Bocelli - Sogno
Andrea Bocelli - Sogno
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Price: £4.00

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Il Sogno...more like a Nightmare, 3 July 2010
This review is from: Andrea Bocelli - Sogno (Audio CD)
My first Bocelli purchase and it will be my last! It only cost me 95p (so I can't really complain). I just don't get the other reviewers at all, they can't ALL be tone-deaf, or....!!!
If this is 'popular' Bocelli at his best (?) I just dread to think what his Opera recordings must sound like!! I suppose this is meant for the Valium and Sainsbury Wine Box Clubs,
I can't believe that anyone who seriously likes music or the human voice will find this in any way satisfying

Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
Mozart: Cosi fan tutte
Price: £12.13

4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars McLaughlin 10 - Mozart O, 1 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Mozart: Cosi fan tutte (Audio CD)
This performance is stymied by a really dreadful recording, how can any engineer of producer worth their salt have agreed to record in this locale?
Aircraft hangar is too good a description for the accoustic. The performance itself is not up to the competition, although as a fan of Marie McLaughlin I just have to own everything she records, and she does not disappoint. I'm not happy with the other principles at all. The conducting of Sir Charles is good, very good but he needs more involvement from his singers than this.

Scarlatti - Sedecia
Scarlatti - Sedecia

5.0 out of 5 stars Scarlatti Trionfo, 1 Aug. 2009
This review is from: Scarlatti - Sedecia (Audio CD)
A stunning recording. I can't remember being more excited by a (for me) unknown work than this thrilling oratorio. The previous reviewer is right when he descibes it as an opera. Scarlatti's dramatic writing belongs on stage, not in the concert hall. The performance is staggeringly good and Virgin deserve our thanks for recording this little known masterpiece. Sadly it would seem that this CD set has already been deleted.....great pity!

Strings Latino/Latin Hits I Missed
Strings Latino/Latin Hits I Missed
Price: £15.14

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great...but!!!, 11 Jan. 2009
These two LP's are just wonderful...what standards they had in recording studios in those days. I am a big classical fan have only recently got into what used to be called 'easy listening'.
How old fashioned and boring I used to think artists like Edmondo Ros were in the 50,s & 60,s.
These recordings are staggeringly good, the arrangements, presumably by Ros, are great...I've only one reservation...did he really have to sing ? His voice can kindly be described as 'awful' ! However for the sake of 2 - 3 tracks with him warbling away you get listening pleasure that will last for years. They really don't make them like this anymore...so great praise to Vocalion for re-releasing all these old LP's and a special big thank you to Edmondo and his wonderful orchestra... if only he'd kept his trap shut !!!

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