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Koanga/Song O/T High Hills
Koanga/Song O/T High Hills
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5.0 out of 5 stars Black Opera before Porgy!, Dec 5 2003
Let me begin by saying that I first met the music of Delius during my college years when I played with the London Symphony Institute in Daytona Beach. I fell in love with this music and learned the traditions from British conductors. Delius is at his best when he writes about nature and natural forces. His vocal lines are not always conventional and he makes great demands on voices and orchestra alike. Koanga is probably the most approachable of his operas. The story comes from a book called "The Grandissimes" by George Washington Cable. The recording is beautifully done, with Claudia Lindsey and Eugene Holmes as the two protagonists. Claudia has one of those creamy lyric voices that makes Delius' vocal lines work and Eugene Holmes baritone peals like bells. The role of Koanga is one of the great undiscovered baritone roles. Even the smaller roles are all sung with great care and the english is easy to understand. The recording is extremely atmospheric and the banjos played by the field hands anticipate Porgy and Bess by at least forty years. All in all, this is a performance that I, as a Delian would not be without. If you are just being introduced to Delius' sound world, this is a good place to start.

Requiem Mass
Requiem Mass
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flaws of Grandeur!, Aug. 29 2003
This review is from: Requiem Mass (Audio CD)
This was the best Requiem of its time with the greatest solo quartet of its time. Today to our ears, it sounds dated. That's why I gave it four stars instead of five. This recording has flaws, but they are flaws of grandeur! Caniglia was one the greatest italian sopranos, but the voice turned squally in the top. We know that! But she is a always extremely musical and strong in the middle voice. Gigli was the successor to Caruso. He had one of the most beautiful voices in history with a dynamic range capable of huge fortissimi down to the smallest mezzovoce pianissimo.BUT, he also had mannerisms that would not be accepted today. Stignani is always a rock of strength, singing in tune and on pitch. No one has ever sung the bass part better than Pinza. The dating shows in the chorus parts, where that extremely full climaxes tend to crumble, but remember, Serafin was a brave conductor. He was recording huge pieces like Aida and the Requiem in the Rome opera house, before WWII. The technology of the day simply did not permit a real reproduction of what he and the chorus were doing. Another interesting fact is that this was recorded on 1939, on the eve of WWII. All in all, to me, this is a great recording, with great voices, all of which far exceed the limitations of the technology. I would not be without this recording!

1964 Carmen Comp
1964 Carmen Comp
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5.0 out of 5 stars Callas does it Right!!!, March 1 2003
This review is from: 1964 Carmen Comp (Audio CD)
This is the perfect "Carmen". Callas has discovered the truth about the character. Carmen is NOT sexy! She is a gypsy and a fatalist, hence the powerful card scene. Whatever is in the cards must be dealt with and cannot be avoided, even though it be death. Also Carmen is the flame and we are all the moths. We must be careful not to get to close, or we get burned. Those who have seen the footage of Callas singing the "Habanera" will remember the body language that says, "Don't touch!" This is the secret of Carmen. Callas' interpretation is much closer to Merrimee than to Bizet. This is the real Carmen, RARELY seen or heard on today's operatic stage. The real tragedy is that Callas never put this opera on the stage.

Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions
Oneness: Great Principles Shared by All Religions
by Jeffrey Moses
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5.0 out of 5 stars Universal principles of life, Feb. 11 2003
Every now and then a book comes along that reminds us of the most important truth. Mainly, that when you get right down to it, we are all ONE. This is a book for resolving conflict and building respect, compassion and understanding. Mr. Moses has done a superb job of choosing categories and classifying the different religious statements. This is a great book for a Comparative Religions class or maybe a seminar on Oneness or Pluralism, or just for that late night inspirational read!

Radical Spirits, Second Edition: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America
Radical Spirits, Second Edition: Spiritualism and Women's Rights in Nineteenth-Century America
by Ann Braude
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Women Think They're Radical Today?!, Dec 19 2002
I first met this book in a seminar about Spiritualist history, and was most impressed by the research and breadth of the coverage. I was also startled by the involvement of the Spiritualist movement in all the major reform movements of the 19th century. Change was happening everywhere in the lives of women! Dress reform, marriage reform, divorce reform to mention a few. Also the involvement of major figures working in the suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. In the mid-nineteenth century, women became the leaders on the Spiritualist platform, as mediums. They brought through the messages and information. From being in charge on the platform, they went into other areas where they were dominated by men and began to take more control. This book is the story of that tremendous period on change that has landed women where they are today. Today's women stand on the shoulders of those courageous women of the 19th century. Some one said to me,"If today's women were as radical as those women were, they would be chaining themselves to trees!" Enjoy!

Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet
Edgar Cayce: An American Prophet
by Sidney D. Kirkpatrick
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars America's contribution to the Metaphysical world, Nov. 5 2002
I love this book! I've been a student of the Cayce readings for 15 years and a member of the A.R.E and have read Sugrue's and Bro's biographies. Harmon Bro is a personal friend and both of the previous biographies are great works, but this one surpasses both of them. The detail is absolutely amazing and the devotion to the truth about this amazing man and his work is awe inspiring. Cayce came from very humble beginnings and went on to save many lives through the medical readings. He also brought the metaphysical world to our very fingertips with the life readings. All this in America, the land of great skepticism. Read this book and come away convinced for once and for all that we are much more that just a body!

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