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New Horizons
New Horizons
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice for background sounds, but nothing much else., July 7, 2008
This review is from: New Horizons (Audio CD)
If you've ever attended a wedding reception with a hired singer handling the background music, you will know the feeling this album conjures: the singer's music is strictly for ambiance duty; the main focus still stays on the married couple.

While I'll concede Aled's voice is certainly nice and pleasant, it's really nothing great to write home about. (Truly, I have officemates whose vocal quality easily surpass his--at least from what this album seems to show.)

The repertoire selection is very safe--no risky crescendos or powerful chords to hit. Surely, he has very clear enunciation (especially notable are plosive trails at the end of some lines), but his native accent (is that Welsh?) can become tiresome.

All these are not helped by a musical accompaniment that reeks of lackluster minus-one quality. You will be hard pressed to find rich and textured orchestration in this disc.

So while Aled's album is a fine attempt, I would put my money elsewhere, especially since we're in an age where more versatile vocal talents like Josh Groban and Russell Watson have become somewhat prevalent.


Moussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain/Pictures at an Exhibition
Moussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain/Pictures at an Exhibition
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An aural spectacle, musical storytelling at its best!, January 19, 2004
Having at least four versions of Mussorgsky's famous tone-poem (including the original piano version from which Ravel based his magnificent orchestration), I still maintain Lorin Maazel and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra's version as my hands-down favorite. This rendition, with the CSO's astute pacing, brings to mind the masterful storytelling abilities of today's best cinema scores-an attribute highly appropriate for a work of this sort.
I will agree with the Penguin Guide's assessment that this is "not one of the more subtle readings" of this work. Maazel takes advantage of the full force of the CSO with agile strings, confident, energetic winds, and deep, thundering percussions. And with Telarc's crystal-clear accuracy, you will find little in want here. Except perhaps the often-stated lack of chapter sectioning-a nice to have, though not critical, feature.


Masters of Chant
Masters of Chant
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The only prayer this album inspires is for itself!, August 8, 2001
This review is from: Masters of Chant (Audio CD)
Here's a collection of reinterpreted popular music that is not even fit for elevator use.
This is what you get when you blend mediocre voices (these guys have such poor enunciation that if you aren't already familiar with these songs in their original form, you would be hard pressed to make out the lyrics of these songs in this album), an artificial-sounding reverb setting that attempts to mimic cathedral or monastery acoustics, and electronic music accompaniment that is off-tangent at best.
I wouldn't suggest that anyone gamble hard-earned money on an album like this. Unless it's their way of starting their own purgatory on this life.


The Beatles Connection
The Beatles Connection
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful blending of voices and imagination!, February 2, 2001
This review is from: The Beatles Connection (Audio CD)
So you think you've heard just about every interpretation of the Beatles there is? Even in the remotest possibility that were indeed the case, you shouldn't miss out on this one.
For the hitherto uninitiated, King's Singers is a famous group of six Englishmen who sing a cappella (without accompaniment). They are at home performing a wide range of material, from classical to popular music.
In this recording, you'll hear many Beatles stand bys, as well as a few not-so-familiar ones-all of them taking a magical twist from the King's Singers rendition. Whether it's their heartwarming strains of "And I Love Her" and "Girl" or their amusing innovations in "Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da" and "Lady Madonna," the King's Singers take no prisoners here. This is one album every home should not be without!


Malcolm Frager Plays Chopin
Malcolm Frager Plays Chopin
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance with awesome piano sound!, November 29, 1999
If you've ever wanted a benchmark recording of Chopin, get this one!
This recording made waves more than a decade ago when it was one of the first to take advantage of Telarc's state-of-the-art digital recording process. On an LP, it challenged many styli to stay on-track during the lowest keys of the Tarantelle. (Telarc used this recording as a test track for audiophile equipment.) On CD, it still ranks among the best recordings in a now technically stringent industry.
But that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. This CD's success lies in its two main stars: Malcolm Frager and the Bösendorfer Imperial Concert Grand Piano. Frager gives a truly remarkable performance of Chopin. His selected pieces provide a rich sampling of what the composer has done for the piano. I particularly loved his rendition of Andante Spianato and Grande Polonaise-a work not often included in many repertoires. And the Bösendorfer (considered the "Rolls Royce" of pianos) sounds astounding-crisp, sweet treble and clear, resonant bass. This piano should really be featured in more recordings.


London Trios 1-4 / Divertisment
London Trios 1-4 / Divertisment
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haydn's genius with world-class performance and recording!, November 29, 1999
This is one CD any classical listener--whether novice or enthusiast--will love! Here's undeniable proof that Haydn was not only master of the symphony, but the chamber work as well. His London Trios and Divertissements are not as popular (indeed, these still aren't easily found in music stores), but they are certainly among his most beautiful of compositions. And who could ask for a better ensemble than three of the greatest musicians of our time? Truly breathtaking, spirited performance!
This CBS Masterworks recording demonstrates digital sound at its best: clean, crisp sound that has miles of dynamic range and channel separation. This is one CD I never fail to bring along to test-drive audio equipment at the showroom.


Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide
Coffee Basics: A Quick and Easy Guide
by Kevin Knox
Edition: Paperback
Price: $16.94
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73 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE coffee bible!, October 21, 1999
I have read a number of books on coffee, but Knox and Huffaker's book is simply the all-around reference on coffee. While other book publishers include snazzy photo plates and recipes to sell their expensive books, this book gives tons of useful information on what goes into a wonderful cup of coffee. The experience and the passion that the authors (who are industry experts) have for the bean shows throughout. Because of this book, I was able to significantly enhance my family and friends' coffee drinking experience. Whether you're a novice coffee drinker or a seasoned espresso barista, this is one book that should be in your reference shelf.


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