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reviewed New Tristano. May 18, 2010
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New Tristano
What do they have in common, Gould and Tristano? Both pianists, to start with, of course. Both eccentric semi-hermits, both 'withdrawing' from any regular exposure to their concert public, both intensely …
reviewed Duet. February 01, 2010
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Duet
This is arguably Doris Day's finest hour in the recording studio. DUET was Day's first and only musical partnership with jazz composer André Previn in 1961. The album surprised Day's harshest critics, …
reviewed Handel: Judas Maccabaeus. September 15, 2009
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Handel: Judas Maccabaeus
... about this performance. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has a less-than-consistent history of recordings, ranging from excellent to "okay but...". And there's a choir. Murky, whooshy choral performances …
reviewed Handel Operas - Alessandro, Lotario, .... May 20, 2009
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Handel Operas - Alessandro, Lotario, Partenope,
Here's a 22-CD BOX of Handel's operas - at least six of them, though you'll have to squint at the picture of the box to discover which - but there's no identification of the performers, not a word about …
reviewed Haydn - Armida / Bartoli · Petibon · .... September 22, 2008
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Haydn - Armida / Bartoli · Petibon · Prégardien ·
For five centuries, the confrontation between east-west "super powers" took place at the border between the Hapsburg dominions of Austria-Hungary and the Ottoman Empire, a confrontation that had become …
reviewed Love in the Time of Science. August 31, 2008
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Love in the Time of Science
This CD came up as an Amazon suggestion. I listened to the preview tracks and liked what I heard. Now that I've had the CD for about a month, I really like this disc. It's very pleasant. Emiliana has …
reviewed 1946-1951. January 25, 2008
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1946-1951
The finely-tuned, finely-timed riffs of the Swan Silvertones, whom I heard as a teenager in the trailer parks of the South, have stuck in my mind ever since, so I was thrilled to find this CD in the collection …
reviewed Princess-Ultimate Song Collection. November 07, 2006
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Princess-Ultimate Song Collection
Ever since my family and I went to Disney World in August 2006, my son has been smitten with Ariel from the Little Mermaid. He's such a little romantic (at 8 years old!), enjoying playing the "prince" …
reviewed The Best of 1980-1990 / The B-Sides. October 01, 2006
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The Best of 1980-1990 / The B-Sides
U2's 'The Best of 1980-1990' may be straightforward, but that simply shows how important and successful they have been for harnessing passion. This compilation works because their singles are often their …
reviewed No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology. June 11, 2006
No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology
This is a well thought out and well produced compilation that gives a good overview of Sandy's work. The insert notes, by her biographer Clinton Heylin, are very good, except that they inexplicably omit …
reviewed Human After All. April 19, 2005
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Human After All
I had high hopes for this album after 2 previous great releases. And at first listen it does sound good. The hooks are VERY catchy. The problem is, that's all this album has got. Hooks looped over and …
reviewed Lehár: The Merry Widow. February 23, 2004
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Lehár: The Merry Widow
THE MERRY WIDOW, Franz Lehar's dizzying and delightful operetta chestnut, is given the grand treatment in this highlights album featuring Joan Sutherland.There have been many widows (including June Bronhill, …
reviewed Darling Lili. November 25, 2003
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Darling Lili
DARLING LILI was one of Julie Andrews' biggest flops, a movie musical about a German spy masquerading as a cabaret singer. Henry Mancini's score for the film (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer) is haunting, …
reviewed Showboat; Broadway Musical Series. November 18, 2003
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Showboat; Broadway Musical Series
This release from the budget UK label Prism includes selections from the landmark 1946 Broadway revival of SHOW BOAT, along with bonus selections from the original 1928 London production.The 1946 revival …
reviewed No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology. July 08, 2003
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No More Sad Refrains: The Anthology
There will always be musicians out there who you know are at the top of their game, masters of the craft who should not be missed -- and yet you never really find the time to explore their musical gifts. …
reviewed Songs From Andrew Lloyd Webber's The .... July 05, 2003
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Songs From Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom Of
This studio-cast album of THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA features a brilliant cast, accompanied by the Munich Symphony Orchestra under the direction of John Owen Jones as well as the National Symphony under …
reviewed Coast to Coast. September 04, 2001
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Coast to Coast
Westlife is THE best boyband out there right now! Heck, their not even much of a boyband as they are a GROUP! In all their songs they SING like a group! They LOOK like a group! And their songs SOUND like …
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