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Felt Mountain
Felt Mountain
Price: £5.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!, 7 April 2016
This review is from: Felt Mountain (Audio CD)
This music just blows me away every time I hear it - and I cannot stop listening to it. A lifelong Classical Music junkie, this album has single handedly converted me to the joys of the popular end of the spectrum. My favourite tracks are "Lovely Head", but, most especially, "Pilots", which is a work of utter genius. Soft, sensual, mystical, with some absolutely mind-blowing key and texture changes "Pilots" is without doubt one of the most astonishing pieces of music I've ever heard in ANY genre - and what Alison does with her voice on the track defies logic - and is intense and beautiful. The lyrics sum up the essence of life...Pilots is now my absolute favourite piece of music - EVER. And I could and will happily listen to Alison and Will all day - and especially all night...:-)

STRONGLY recommended - to ALL lovers of music - of whatever genre. If, once you've heard the album you don't love it, you have a heart of stone and are irretrievable.

I wish I could give this 10 stars!


Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 and 3
Price: £7.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 30 Mar. 2016
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Sublime and beautiful, one of the very best interpretations out there!


Jurowski:Russian Painters [Michail Jurowski, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra] [CPO: 777875-2]
Jurowski:Russian Painters [Michail Jurowski, Norrkoping Symphony Orchestra] [CPO: 777875-2]
Price: £13.30

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is terrific music if you like Khachaturian (which I definitely do, 30 Mar. 2016
This is terrific music if you like Khachaturian (which I definitely do!). Also, I want to defend the cd against the rather unkind remarks made by another reviewer. While this is not quite in the class of a Shostakovich, and while Jurovski did not expose the lies at the heart of Soviet Russia in the manner of a Schnittke (and nobody else did it as well or as comprehensively as he did), Jurovski's music is not bad at all, in fact it is rather enjoyable in the same way that, say, the music of Eric Coates is - and on the same terms. I never thought I'd hear a Russian composer working like that, but this one does, and it's a revelation. I shall definitely be returning to this disc often, especially when I need to relax...

Recommended highly...:-)
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Symphony in G Sharp Minor - Pacific Symphony
Symphony in G Sharp Minor - Pacific Symphony
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, Gutsy and Powerful!!, 13 Nov. 2015
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Superb, powerful modern symphony. I hope there will now be many more concert works from Mr Goldenthal. And to have the guts to say openly that it is written in a KEY!! Bravo! The piece comes across like Mahler and Shostakovich, but that's just a pointer. He has his own way of doing that which is unique to him. Don't be afraid to try this. You'll soon see why it received a very well-deserved ovation at the premiere. Now it MUST go round the world and into the repertoire of every major orchestra. This symphony is a major find and I give it my highest possible recommendation.


Atterberg:Cello Concerto [Nikolaj Schneider; Johannes-Theodor Wiemes; NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Ari Rasilainen] [CPO: 999874-2]
Atterberg:Cello Concerto [Nikolaj Schneider; Johannes-Theodor Wiemes; NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, Ari Rasilainen] [CPO: 999874-2]
Price: £13.85

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly Beautiful!!, 13 Nov. 2015
This music is for the heart, body and soul and refreshes them all. The Cello Concerto would be a very worthy addition to the regular repertoire and stands comparison with the very best. I'm reminded in the slow movement especially,of the Miaskovsky Concerto, in the same key, which was written in 1944, quite a while after the Atterberg. But the great Swedish engineer has his own distinctive and eloquent voice. In the Horn Concerto he rises to similar heights, the slow movement is absolutely breathtaking. The recording here is a great improvement on the Caprice CD, now some 30+ years old (but still worth checking out for the magnificent coupling of the mighty 3rd Symphony). Altogether this new cd is excellent and extremely beautiful. Nobody who is seriously in love with music should be without it.

I give it my highest possible recommendation!!


Howard Blake: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Howard Blake: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra
Offered by Bridge_Records
Price: £14.63

5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Concerto for Princess Diana, 16 Sept. 2015
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This is another set of masterworks from Howard Blake. The piano concerto, written in 1991 for the birthday of Princess Diana is a perfect tribute to a woman who is beautiful inside and out. It reminds me of (but is not the same as) Ravel's G major Piano Concerto, written 60 years earlier in 1931. The slow movement is particularly beautiful. The other two works are terrific too, especially the Toccata.

Hats off to Howard! Do check out his Violin Concerto too, available on ASV. That is one of the most moving works of its kind in the last 100 years.


Eleventh Symphony
Eleventh Symphony
Price: £15.15

5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Eloquent and Powerful!, 16 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Eleventh Symphony (Audio CD)
George Lloyd's Symphony No.11 is a beautiful and powerful work that isn't played anything like as much as it should be. It has everything. Eloquent emotion, powerfully stated, brilliant orchestration and a superb performance and recording. To think this was written in 1986 is astonishing and proves the timeless nature of Lloyd's art. Now let's see a recording on Deutsche Grammophon with the BPO or VPO. This is worthy to stand alongside anything else they do from any era!


Howard Blake: Violin Concerto "The Leeds"; A Month in the Country Suite; Sinfonietta
Howard Blake: Violin Concerto "The Leeds"; A Month in the Country Suite; Sinfonietta
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £22.95

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Violin Concerto written since Korngold's in 1945, 10 Dec. 2014
The most astonishing Violin Concerto I have heard in the last 30 years! This blows all the "modern" pieces off the map. It is an absolute disgrace that beautiful works like this languish unheard and un-played. Truly real music lives! Just listen to this marvellous piece for two minutes and you will know. This is a rallying call to composers who hear music but are afraid to write what they hear because they think they will be classed as "irrelevant" by the likes of Pierre Boulez and the BBC. Ignore them. Write with your heart as Howard Blake has and reach out to everyone. And to violinists like Hilary Hahn I say - dump your modern pieces in favour of something that is truly beautiful. Get out of your head and listen to your heart.

Seriously - buy this cd if you can find a copy - you won't be disappointed. It may even change your life. At the very least, the Concerto will restore your faith in beauty...


Blackwood plays Blackwood
Blackwood plays Blackwood
Price: £14.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Real, Beautiful Music at LONG last!!!, 3 Dec. 2014
At last! A 21st century classical composer is brave enough to write beautiful, inspired music in clear diatonic keys, and say so too!!! This album is an absolute revelation. Easley Blackwood plays this wonderful selection of his recent piano music beautifully. And the music is marvellous from beginning to end. I have nothing but praise for everything here. My special favourites are the most recent works, from 1996, the two Nocturnes op.41, especially the first, in C major. Music does not get any better than this. Now, a challenge. Blackwood has proved here, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it is still possible to write music in the diatonic key system. More composers need to come along now to, like him, challenge the inherent fascism in the world of contemporary music and focus on sheer beauty of sound and form once more. Rachmaninov is my favourite composer. Blackwood here in this album comes closer than anyone since the great Russian's death in 1943 to writing real, beautiful, inspired music. Long may he continue to do so.

Just one warning. If you are tempted to find out more about Blackwood, be aware that his music prior to 1981 is the complete opposite of what he writes here. It is dissonant, noisy and very uncomfortable. But in a recent interview, he admits that he realised that this kind of music was in fact a dead end creatively, which is why he returned to diatonic tonality. In this he had a similar epiphany to the great Finn Rautavaara. I urge you to check his works out too, especially the 7th Symphony, "Angel of Light", first performed in 1994, two years prior to Blackwood's Nocturnes op.41. Blackwood however goes even further into Diatonic Tonality than Rautavaara. He has done wonders here and thrown down a mighty challenge which deserves to be emphatically answered in the affirmative.

I only wish I could have given this magnificent CD 10 stars. He has restored my faith in Classical Music.


Symphony No. 4
Symphony No. 4
Price: £10.64

5.0 out of 5 stars Shows Modernism Up!!, 5 May 2014
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This review is from: Symphony No. 4 (Audio CD)
See - it IS possible to write tunes in serious concert works in the 21st century. This piece inhabits a timeless and beautiful world far removed from the ugliness of Modernism. Let's have more of this. Now that Schmidt-Kowalski has shown the entire world how to do it, can there not be more young composers out there willing to take up the challenge of writing concert works of substance again that people can actually like? Come on!! Let's DO IT!!!

This is a wonderful CD of two absolutely beautiful works. Please Naxos, record his ENTIRE WORKS. And do it SOON!!!

This is revolutionary stuff. Joyful, beautiful and uplifting. And BOTH pieces were written AFTER the year 2000!!!

If there was any justice in the world, these works should be the beginning of a revolution that would see ugly Modernism swept away. Hopefully forever!

Buy this! You will not be disappointed!


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