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Joy to the World
Joy to the World
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4.0 out of 5 stars FOR WHISTLING OR SINGING ALONG, Dec 27 2003
This review is from: Joy to the World (Audio CD)
The gifted Richard Hayman (Boston Pops arranger for more than 30 years) offers an interesting collection of holiday favourites. The back cover says "Orchestra and Chorus" - beware, there is no chorus. The sub-title "Philharmomic Symphony Orchestra" is rather pedantic. Why not simply "Richard Hayman and His Orchestra"? The opening and closing numbers are sing-along medleys... the liner notes offer the words. Two Leroy Anderson numbers receive a fair treatment: SLEIGH RIDE and SONG OF THE BELLS, the latter being played rrather slowly. There is a beautiful rendition of MUSIC BOX DANCER, the only version I know that uses the music box. The counter-melody is too loud and takes away the charm of the main theme. A few compositions by the conductor himself. A great collection for tree-trimming, whistling or singing along.

Best of
Best of
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4.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL HARMONY, Nov. 30 2003
This review is from: Best of (Audio CD)
The Chordettes at their best. This collection includes their great hit NEVER ON SUNDAY as only this group could do it. I can't think of a better vocal rendition of this song. A stereo rendition, made in 1961. Their biggest hit, MR. SANDMAN, is included. It was on the top ten chart for 16 weeks. Also included are their wonderful renditions of LAY DOWN YOUR ARMS and BORN TO BE WITH YOU. A little sour note: many of the songs here are of the teeny-bopper kind, popular in the 50's with the teenagers. Still, this is a CD worth having.

Baxter's Best
Baxter's Best
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5.0 out of 5 stars PERCUSSIONS OF LES BAXTER, Nov. 29 2003
This review is from: Baxter's Best (Audio CD)
This is the master Les Baxter at his best. Some of his greatest hits - APRIL IN PORTUGAL, POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS, UNCHAINED MELODY - are here. (The latter was Leroy Anderson's biggest hit.) All the magic of Baxter's crisp amd marvelous percussions are here, well captured by Capitol. His imagination shines through in songs like NEVER ON SUNDAY. This master never forgets the melody. No one has captured the instrumental side of Piaf's song (La Gualante du Pauvre Jean) like Les Baxter... POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS. Maestro, well done.

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture  Igor Buketoff, New Philharmonia Orchestra; Beethoven: Wellington's Victory  Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture Igor Buketoff, New Philharmonia Orchestra; Beethoven: Wellington's Victory Eugene Ormandy, The Philadelphia Orchestra
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST 1812, Jan. 26 2002
What is the best version of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture? I have not heard all of them, but this one, I would venture to say is the best if not one of the best. The playing of the New Philharmonia Orchestra is keen, with a sense of climax, and conductor Igor Buketoff leaves no note by the wayside. The magic is all there... and the original choral parts are included. As for Ormandy and the Wellington's Victory, it is also top rate. The playing is gorgeous, the sound very clean. Top marks.

The Oxford Hachette French Dictionary: With FREE SpeakFrench pronunciation CD-ROM (available to UK and Europe only)
The Oxford Hachette French Dictionary: With FREE SpeakFrench pronunciation CD-ROM (available to UK and Europe only)
by Marie-Helene Correard
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SUPERLATIVE DICTIONARY, Dec 15 2001
The OXFORD HACHETTE bilingual dictionary is a superlative work. I am using the 1997 edition and it serves me well as a language enthusiast and a translator. It provides many, many different examples of translations, always easy to find and in the idiomatic language. In the French-English section for instance, the development given under the word TEMPS is just oustanding. One learns new ways of saying things: "Ils sont cruels, témoin le massacre de tout un village." - "They are cruel, as evidenced by the massacre of an entire village." This was interesting: "They have been badly serviced by their advisors" -"Les conseillers ne leur ont pas été trÃs utiles." The various encyclopedic features such as the subject and grammar boxes are very useful. One would have liked a more North American approach, or even Canadian, but that does not distract from the overall quality. It is interesting to find a word such as DÉPANNEUR (convenience store), while one cannot find GUIGNOLÉE or BANC DE NEIGE. It is a modern dictionary, with equivalents given for email (one slight mistake there... MESSAGE PRÉCÉDENT given as NEXT) and such things. Verbs, model letters, etc. One would have liked the use of colour, but the dictionary is still well presented. I have used the Harrap's Shorter and I have the Collins Robert on CD-ROM. This is equal to any of them, it is perhaps even superior. Do not hesitate to buy it.

Rejoice: A String Quartet Christmas
Rejoice: A String Quartet Christmas
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4.0 out of 5 stars CLOSE INTIMATE SOUND, POOR PHRASING, Jan. 3 2001
I listen to music very intently, like it is rarely in the background... just to be there. I find that this CD (REJOICE! A STRING QUARTET CHRISTMAS) may be suitable as low and soft background music, but it lacks in overall interest, especially the phrasing. The recorded sound is very good and close. The idea is a new one, and quite refreshing as a concept. But when you listen to the continuous music, you get a sense of boredom that sets in. There seems to be some element lacking, maybe a distant bell here and there or a choir in the distance. The program is quite varied, with melodies ranging from JOY TO THE WORLD (opening number) to O SANCTISSIMA (next to last). And speaking of the opening number, I found it to be too quickly or randomly played. This is music that I have heard many times before and it requires a high degree of perfection. For this collection, 4 stars. I have heard better, though not necessarily from a small ensemble.

Chamber Music Favourites
Chamber Music Favourites
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5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHT FROM START TO FINISH, July 5 2000
This CD of chamber works features the pianist Jeno Jando as the uniting element between the three works presented. A dream program! The Haydn "LARK" QUARTET, the Mozart QUINTET FOR PIANO AND WINDS, the Schumann QUINTET IN E FLAT MAJOR. All three are very well played and very well recorded. The Schumann perhaps a little too laid-back for my taste (compare with the version featuring Glenn Gould). The presence one feels here is almost palpable... the music sings for the young and the young at heart. This is a delight from start to finish. A lot of the credit goes to the Kodaly Quartet, first prize winners at the 1968 Leo Weiner Quartet Competition in Budapest. A gem.

Smetana: Ma Vlast
Smetana: Ma Vlast
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOME MONO RECORDINGS SOUND BETTER THAN SOME STEREO, June 22 2000
This review is from: Smetana: Ma Vlast (Audio CD)
Rafael Kubelik, that careful craftsman who did such a great job on works by Dvorak (New World Symphony) and Mahler (Symphony No. 1), presents his homeland in wonderful musical fashion. Listen very carefully to the 4th section (From Bohemia's Forests and Meadows): echoes of the land, whispering and yearning... so well rendered in its minute detail. The whole work is articulated and played with great precision. It is surely a credit to Kubelik, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Mercury sound engineers that this mono recording sounds better than a lot of stereo recordings. Sound quality: 10 out of 10. Performance: 10 also.

Lullabies and Forbidden Games
Lullabies and Forbidden Games
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4.0 out of 5 stars STRINGS TO LULL YOU TO SLEEP, June 17 2000
A beautiful recording by Angèle Dubeau and her all-female string group, La Pietà. The sound is lush and very soothing, the playing always well tempered, with a soft, almost romantic touch. LULLABY by Brahms is the opening number. Lovely rendition of the FORBIDDEN GAMES theme (no guitar). Strange mix of UN CANADIEN ERRANT and DANNY BOY... Trouble is with this CD, it may well lull you to sleep. It does start with a lullaby.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Russian Easter Overture
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4.0 out of 5 stars MUSIC FOR THE SENSES, June 5 2000
I first heard this recording on the radio, a few years back, then decided to buy the CD. The overall offect is quite pleasing - hypnotic at times - and Bernstein's orchestra, the NY Philharmonic, is captured in great form under Temirkanov. The playing is also first rate, the violin solo by Glenn Dicterow is well executed. I found the orchestral contrasts between soft and loud passages to be exaggerated and in general, the various sections lacking in continuity of purpose. Music for the senses, but also music that has to make sense, I mean musically. Phrasing is the key - as in the New World Symphony or the Symphonie fantastique. This is lovely, but the whole thing seems to lack in perspective. The RUSSIAN EASTER OVERTURE is very well done, great sound, à la Russe.

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