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reviewed Classical Guitar. June 22, 2014
posted in Music Matters
Classical Guitar
My fingers are short and stubby. They don't seem quite right for a first time learner holding a classical-variety acoustic guitar. The classical acoustic guitar, as per its name, produces a very beautiful …
reviewed Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho. July 10, 2011
Dream With Me by Jackie Evancho
To say a singer has matured is to applaud him/her for his/her hardwork and good grasp of singing technique.   To say that of Jackie Evancho seems to be a little too early in the game. She's …
reviewed Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos)). March 03, 2011
Tchaikovsky (Life and Works (Naxos))
Even from the earliest age, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, like so many other musically precocious world-class composers, displayed an emotional insecurity that was to develop into a string of personal crises, …
reviewed Jackie Evancho. December 05, 2010
Jackie Evancho
A 10 year old Soprano?! Goodness. Extraordinary! She sang like an angel and has 2 albums under her name! Absolutely amazing! Have you seen anything like it?      Her last album (O …
reviewed Andre Rieu. December 05, 2010
Andre Rieu
As a child, I was introduced to Johann Strauss J. music through the Mantovani Orchestra. It was a delightful way of having access to waltz, namely those from Johann Strauss. Because of that early conditioning, …
reviewed Fantasia. November 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Fantasia (movie)
First off, the Fantasia I had in mind was from those days I visited Disneyland and Disneyworld. I remembered the awesome music and when I accidentally chanced upon it on one of China’s biggest online …
reviewed Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel. September 11, 2010
Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
Moses Hogan was a genius in his own right. This arrangement of "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel" is incredibly exciting, using dynamic range and rhythmic variety to great effect. This choral …
reviewed Diana Damrau - Arie di Bravura (Mozar.... August 28, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Diana Damrau - Arie di Bravura (Mozart, Salieri,
Diana Damrau knocks each and every one of these arias and recitatives out of the ball park. She is truly a force in the world of opera and remains among the greatest sopranos of her generation and of …
reviewed Violin. August 26, 2010
Violin, when it’s played by the pro, is the medium to one’s soul. Through its strings, the musician imbues her/his expertise and interpretation to another’s consciousness. I thought …
reviewed 1812 Overture. August 15, 2010
1812 Overture
The 1812Overture written by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia's defense of Moscow against Napoleon's advancing Grande Armée at the Battle of Borodino …
reviewed Handel - Saul / Fischer-Dieskau · Rol.... July 25, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Handel - Saul / Fischer-Dieskau · Rolfe Johnson ·
I own two copies of Händel's oratorio, "Saul," the 2005 harmonia mundi edition conducted by René Jacobs (the RJ edition) Handel: Saul, and the 1985 Das Alte Werk (Teldec) edition conducted by Nikolaus …
reviewed Fantasia. July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Fantasia (movie)
I really enjoy this animation.    The plot was interesting and magical and had very good animation.   I was highly entertain throwout the movie. It meet …
reviewed Opera 101. June 14, 2010
Opera 101
Opera 101 by Fred Plotkin helped me get a broader taste of opera when I was stuck on Three Tenors and not in the mood to go further.      Reading this made me understand the cultures …
reviewed L'elisir D'amore. June 08, 2010
L'elisir D'amore
I love most operas, even when the tenors die in the end, but for me there's nothing better than the amusing frolicking wit of Gaetano Donizetti in his charming composition L'Elisir D'Amore. …
reviewed Carols for Choirs 1: Fifty Christmas .... May 13, 2010
Carols for Choirs 1: Fifty Christmas Carols
Carols for Choirs 1 comprises 50 carols, mostly for mixed SATB voices, well blended from both traditional and modern sources as well as secular versus sacred. Several familiar texts such as "Away …
reviewed The Life and Works of Chopin (Naxos A.... March 13, 2010
Jeremy Siepmann and Naxos Records have created a truly winning recipe with their "Life and Works" series. The combination of an audio book with music is an extraordinarily powerful and compelling …
reviewed Diana Damrau - Arie di Bravura (Mozar.... January 25, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Diana Damrau - Arie di Bravura (Mozart, Salieri,
... is soprano Diana Damrau's eagerness to champion neglected repertoires, in this case the operas of the unfairly maligned Antonio Salieri and the utterly forgotten Vincenzo Righini, both of whom were …
reviewed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Life and Wor.... January 14, 2010
Informative, educational, entertaining, breathtaking, moving and (fill in your favourite superlative here!) What an absolutely brilliant use of the audio book medium to combine a book and music into a …
reviewed The Life and Works of Beethoven (Naxo.... January 09, 2010
The Life and Works of Beethoven (Naxos Audio)
Informative, educational, entertaining, breathtaking, moving and (fill in your favourite superlative here!) What an absolutely brilliant use of the audio book medium to combine a book and music into a …
reviewed Mantovani (Annunzio Paolo Mantovani). September 11, 2009
Mantovani is a great conductor and I love his arrangements for many of the songs we are all familiar with. Although initially introduced to his music via the cassette Strauss Waltzes I eventually …
reviewed Johann Strauss, Jr.. September 11, 2009
Johann Strauss Junior
When I was just a child we drove about 3 hours to get to the famous Lake Toba. On the winding road it was Johann Strauss waltz which was played in the car repeatedly and every single piece on that cassette …
reviewed Opera. September 10, 2009
"        Nagasaki is the setting. Puccini's Madame Butterfly is the opera.       OPERA! Oh, what an intense, uplifting & inspiring encounter. …
reviewed Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica. September 02, 2009
Giacomo Puccini's Suor Angelica
    Giacomo Puccini: Suor Angelica Price: $12.98 Availability: In Stock   18 used & new from $7.06      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful: Ditto, …
reviewed J.S.Bach - Two and Three Part Inventions. June 20, 2009
bach 2 part
If you have ever learned to play the Piano you have undoubtably played some of Bach´s Two or Three Part Inventions.They are a part of the established canon of classical keyboard works and deservedly so …
reviewed Viva Vivaldi. June 01, 2009
Viva Vivaldi
In 1999 the Italian Opera singer Cecilia Bartoli published the CD the Vivaldi Album which contains arias from the operas of the Baroque composer Antonio Vivaldi ( 1678 - 1741) and that album is one of …
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