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Ute Lemper Sings Weill
Ute Lemper Sings Weill
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Affecting but oversold, November 27, 2006
This review is from: Ute Lemper Sings Weill (Audio CD)
Prompted by both friends and reviewers, I've tried to learn to like Ute Lemper's Weill, but after valiant efforts, I must say I don't. She has great facility, it's true, in several languages, and she knows the timbre of a song and works hard to put it across. For me, however, she works too hard, whether it's the distracting breathiness of "je ne t'aime pas" or the "street kid" Berlin Rrrs in "Mackie Messer" or the aggressive Noo Yorking in "I'm a Stranger Here Myself", I end up feeling that I'm having the song pushed at me rather than allowed to flower for itself. In a cabaret setting they might (maybe) work better, but on disk, I don't find her vocally strong enough to carry the music alone. Too much wobble in the voice and not always either the breath or the pitch to make the longer phrases work. The comparison with Theresa Stratas in "Je ne t'aime pas" (or even better, the terrifying German version "Wie Lange Noch") is instructive. Lemper is small, touching, you can feel why someone would have left her, she oozes powdery pathos over a nightclub table. Stratas, Piaf-like, is riven by love and music alike and takes the song's lines where they naturally lead. For me, it's no contest.

The Singing Detective [VHS]
The Singing Detective [VHS]
Offered by Dream Books Company
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great work of art, October 5, 2002
The great work of the only real master dramatist ever to have written for television, so far. All of his work should be available, from "Stand Up Nigel Barton" from the 60s through "Karaoke" and "Cold Lazarus", his last works, written when he knew he had about six months to live from pancreatic cancer. Dennis Potter was one of the last century's finest artists, a writer to compare with great dramatists of any century. No praise is too high for this work. It astonished me when I first saw it and continues to today. I join the chorus longing for a DVD edition.

Fungus the Bogeyman (Picture Puffin)
Fungus the Bogeyman (Picture Puffin)
by Raymond Briggs
Edition: Paperback
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fungus rules, July 10, 2001
Fungus the Bogeyman is one of the funniest, richest, not to say murkiest, children's books I know. The detail of Bogey life is brilliantly conceived and illustrated (the contents of a Bogey bathroom shelf alone are worth the price of the book), and the guiding story of Fungus' own vague existential doubts about Bogey life are a delicious parody of some much more heavy-handed English fiction. Raymond Briggs is a master (see also his two books for adults "While the Wind Blows", about nuclear war, and "Ethel and Ernest" about his parents lives).

How to Kill a Dragon: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics
How to Kill a Dragon: Aspects of Indo-European Poetics
by Calvert Watkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $170.00
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this book is astonishing, September 13, 1999
With enormous learning, grace, and brilliant insight into the arts of anicent poetry, Calvert Watkins illuminates whole areas of human linguistic experience. Time and again a small detail in an ancient text, under his patient eye, will open itself to reveal the roots of poetry in the oldest strata of human experience left to us. What Watkins can do with a simple children's poem or an old Russian nursery rhyme puts most contemporary "language" criticism to shame.

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