Joined: Aug 09, 2008
Sat Feb 28, 2015 9:41 am Post subject:
Completed an album from which I had already bought two tracks from a Telemann concerto.
Virtuosi Saxoniae led by Güttler is a nice ensemble with great solo players who understand the barok music well.
Different registrations from their concerts from the ' 90's on this album containing works by Telemann,WF Bach, JC Bach, Pisendel,and Förster. _________________
Joined: Aug 09, 2008
Mon Mar 09, 2015 4:29 am Post subject:
Next up since my recent visit to a huge Rotterdam library:
The new album by Dominican Republic singer Juan Luis Guerra.
"Todo tiene su hora"
Always great lyrics and hipswaying rhythyms.
Third album of him and his group 4:40 in my collection. This album particularly has the feel of the '70's french group Michel Fugain & le Big Bazar.
Fun listening experience.
I recently got VNV Nation's latest album "resonance".
It has Ronan Harris team up with the Filmorchester Babelsberg orchestra and
together they present some of the band's best songs in accoustic arrangements.
Even though some of the songs might lack a bit of the drive and power of the electronic originals,
the orchestral rendition adds an incredible amount of depth and emotion to every piece.
Also, all the songs are played rather slow, which might require some getting used to, especially if you're familiar with the originals,
but it further adds to the emotionality, too.
What I particularly like about the album is its somewhat dramatic arrangement: it begins with good songs and steadily increases in awesomeness up to an incredible climax.
I am really looking forward to hearing all of it played live in October.
Joined: Aug 09, 2008
Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:36 am Post subject:
During a midnight drive I encountered an interview with the new Professor Harmonica for the Rotterdam conservatory.
As I had heard more of her jazz work earlier (opening act on the North Sea Jazz festival last year) I was surprised when I heard her new album which is a sort of crossover with classic and folk. The review I put here couldn't say it better:
She's regarded as the 'new' Toots Thielemans.
Great relaxing music and to listen to with a good whiskey or wine. _________________
Outstanding album! I bought it because of "Experience". I heard this piece in Xavier Dolan's "Mommy" and I couldn't get it out of my head. Not the original soundtrack, but so far half of tracks (according to imdb) have been used in films, so maybe there is a chance to have this album in the SST library Anyway, Einaudi proves, you don't need a big symphony orchestra to play music full of power and emotions. _________________ “ Oh, Sugar Honey Ice Tea!” [Marty the Zebra]
I bought the album because it contains a recording of the entire last scene of Rubenstein's The Demon, about which I was very curious. I'm also hoping that my purchase will magically keep him healthy until I get to see him in April. Oddly enough, he's the second baritone with brain cancer I've liked. The other guy seems to be doing okay.
Buying the CD means that I have an actual paper booklet, so I'm not reading on the monitor, which I hate, and thus I am free to indulge the other pleasure this is giving me: deciphering Russian.
I just listened to Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman's latest offering, Braver than we Are. I won't mince words: it's terrible.
I think everyone here knows how much I like Steinman. But Meat is in his 60s, and his voice is shot. I don't think he ever learned how to take care of it, and given the kind of singing he does, it's no surprise. But this album is almost entirely songs that I've heard elsewhere, done better. Bonnie Tyler's "Loving You's A Dirty Job" is perhaps a bit '80s-cheesy, but it sounds great. The demos from Dance of the Vampires give you better versions of "Braver than we Are," and are floating around the internet for free.
I don't know who this album is for. Real fans have heard better from these songs, and Meat's voice isn't going to win any converts at this point. The songs have an underproduced, demo-like sound. The only good thing is the female background singers. They're awesome. I'd love an album of just them, but then again, I own one. It's called Original Sin by Pandora's Box, it's awesome, and you should just buy that and pretend this doesn't exist. _________________ I'm writing a novel in verse. 122 stanzas so far, 3 chapters completed, 1/3 the length of Onegin. Goal: 170 stanzas by December 31.
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