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BERTHE MORISOT : LE SECRET DE LA FEMME EN NOIR
BERTHE MORISOT : LE SECRET DE LA FEMME EN NOIR
by DOMINIQUE BONA
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE ONLY IMPRESSIONIST WOMAN, May 11 2003
DOMINIQUE BONA has produced a fine portrait of this woman who was the only représentant of her sex among the impressionists.BERTHE MORISOT had a close relationship with EDOUARD MANET(she married his brother EUGENE).Along the way,the book lets you know the other artists of this movement:MONET,DEGAS,RENOIR etc.The struggles of their acceptance is well documented.Nowadays,the litterature about the impressionist school is abondant.After all,this was the beginning of modern art.DOMINIQUE BONA is a gifted writer who wrote other biographies and a few novels.

Paris Belle Epoque
Paris Belle Epoque
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5.0 out of 5 stars BELLE ÉPOQUE ERA, May 2 2003
This review is from: Paris Belle Epoque (Audio CD)
All of those works are linked together and fit well in a so called BELLE ÉPOQUE concept.The masterpiece is of course the FRANCK sonata that also works well in a violoncello transcription.That famous sonata is undoutbtedly remembered as the epitome of the era.It has a particular sad mood that really gets to you if you are sensitive.It would be nice to put alongside this cd SUSAN GRAHAM'album of the same title.You can go to sleep peacefully after those two.

Leo Chante Ferre
Leo Chante Ferre
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE BARCLAY YEARS, April 22 2003
This review is from: Leo Chante Ferre (Audio CD)
Excellent résumé of LÉO FERRÉ's greatest years 1960-1974.Some of you out there will be put off by some of the songs in the second cd, because some of those are more like monologue rather than songs,anticipating the latest phase of his career.Mostly ,you'll find here songs with superb lyrics who means something.This is FRENCH poetic music of a superior kind.You won't find in this collection nothing from the records devoted to the FRENCH poets:ARAGON,APOLLINAIRE,BAUDELAIRE,VERLAINE and RIMBAUD.This is LÉO FERRÉ in his own turf and it's wonderful.AVEC LE TEMPS is often considered to be his greatest song. It is actually about the failure of his relation with his second wife.It was recorded by many other artists afterwards;PÉPÉE is about a chimpanzé(no it's not a joke);JOLIE MOME is an archetypical song from the early sixties with musette overtones.While there was a LÉO FERRÉ before and after that collection(the latter being hermetic),there is a conscencious among the fans that this collection represents the artist in full maturity.So you may not enjoy everything here,but often the best will simply overwheilm the rest.There are shades of greatness present to be sure.

One Heart
One Heart
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4.0 out of 5 stars EURYTHMICS,PRINCE AND THE MAINSTREAM CROWD, April 15 2003
This review is from: One Heart (Audio CD)
The first two tracks are reminiscent of ANNIE LENNOX and PRINCE,so much that you may ask yourself:is that really CÉLINE singing?Obviously,this disc is aim to please the most and probably will just do that.By now,CÉLINE has become an industry by herself.ONE HEART(a SHANIA TWAIN type of song) the title track is ideal for radio success.As a whole,i must admit that the cd is well produced,but is it enough to get us feel something when she sings in ENGLISH?I hope that JE T'AIME ENCORE is the prelude of an another disc with GOLDMAN in the near future.Let us pray the LORD(the manager)for a possible return of the diva singing in FRENCH.Maybe halfway through the LAS VEGAS shows?Aren't you tired of songs that always need to reach the top ten?After all,we've passed the age of driving all night.I am patient and i did not loose interest in CÉLINE yet.

Les Mousquetaires Au Couvent
Les Mousquetaires Au Couvent
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3.0 out of 5 stars IT DOESN'T RING TRUE, March 19 2003
One of the last among the FRENCH operetta revivals of the sixties and seventies that were all recorded.Even if it's considered a classic of the genre,there was always a problem with the libretto of this work.LES MOUSQUETAIRES AU COUVENT is always on the verge of naughtiness,but somehow manages to escape from it.This 1979 version of the work reunites two great FRENCH singers:MADY MESPLÉ and MICHÈLE COMMAND.It's hard to imagine an ordinary recording with those two.There are a few good numbers of course like JE SUIS L'ABBÉ BRIDAINE and POUR FAIRE UN BRAVE MOUSQUETAIRE,but the dialogue gets tiresome after a while.It is interesting to notice that in LE MEILLEUR DE L'OPÉRETTE, a two cds anthology,they choose the older recording of the work which i think tells a lot about the consideration they have for this one.I have a simple theory on why this operetta is still popular today:it's an old male fantasy to get stuck in a nun's place and find there are beautiful nuns waiting for them.

Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits
Hank Williams - 40 Greatest Hits
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE LEGEND IS THERE, March 18 2003
So many singers have recorded HANK WILLIAMS's songs after his death,that it is natural to get at least this two cds set that gives you most of the meat of his oeuvre.What distinguish WILLIAMS from others country stars of his generation is his naturelness that stands as authentic.There's a tendancy for people who are not fond of this kind of music to dismiss it ,like for instance professionnal wrestling because it's seems a fake.There's nothing quite like listening to songs like I'M SO LONESONE,I COULD CRY,HEY GOOD LOOKIN'(the original is still the best version)or JAMBALAYA.In fact,it simply definies the meaning of the word popular in a non selfish way.Getting down to bussinness,don't you think that BILL HALEY should have give royalties for using the music of MOVE IT ON OVER for ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK?Fifty years have gone by since HANK WILLIAMS's death,and while others have passed before and after,he can still be proud for being the guy who put country music on the map.

That's Amore [Import]
That's Amore [Import]
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4.0 out of 5 stars PLEASANT BUT FAR FROM COMPLETE, March 15 2003
This review is from: That's Amore [Import] (VHS Tape)
The best footage of this document ,that is certainly not a complete documentary on DEAN ,are the black and white clips of the singer who sings THAT'S AMORE,OH MARIE and MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS ,and the duets with PETULA CLARK and PEGGY LEE.Mostly,this is a reminicence of the 60's show commented by the producer, who obviously had a great relationship with DEAN.Don't look for clips of the movies with JERRY LEWIS or the films he made with SINATRA.There's nothing about the RAT PACK or LAS VEGAS. Very little also about his humble beginnings in showbussiness,before the radio show and the signature with CAPITOL records.One of the best moment has DEAN missing a lyric while singing BLUE MOON.So ,this is a pleasant affair,but if you are looking for a complete biography ,you are bound to be disapointed.

Dean Martin Hits Again - Houst
Dean Martin Hits Again - Houst
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4.0 out of 5 stars ONE LESSER,ONE GOOD, March 7 2003
DEAN MARTIN's discography is really something to behold.Those two lps on one cd are a typical example.The first DEAN MARTIN HITS AGAIN it seems is a quickie;one gets the feeling that the wine was pouring a little to hard on those sessions.Try to figure out how many songs are molded on the first track.Three songs in a row have the same word on the title and this is not a concept lp.On the other hand,HOUSTON is a good mix of country and pop songs and I WILL, the last top ten hit of DEAN's career was indeed perfect for him.Trying to figure out the many ups and downs of DINO's recordings can actually take a few years out of your life.This guy DEAN MARTIN,perhaps this is the main reason we love him so much is quite an enigma in itself.We all agree nevertheless that he was an accomplished singer.

Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again
Dean "Tex" Martin Rides Again
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5.0 out of 5 stars COUNTRY DINO, March 1 2003
I must confess that i am not a so called country music fanatic.However,those two back to back 1963 lps reunited are just what i needed to start my exploration.Perhaps it is the laidback DINO attitude that contributed to my enjoyment,but the singer was a natural for the genre and the classics like I'M SO LONESOME I SHOULD CRY,I WALK THE LINE and HEY GOOD LOOKIN are given first class treatment.My feeling was: let's try a country cd for a change,and unexpectedly i was pleased with the results.Maybe you are like me and thought you wouldn't buy a country cd of your life.Well,this could also do the trick for you like it did with me.With the recent réédition of the whole REPRISE catalogue,DEAN MARTIN is bound to gain many new fans.Let's hope so!

Essential Masters (Digipak)
Essential Masters (Digipak)
Offered by Music on the Web
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4.0 out of 5 stars YOU GOT YOUR MONEY'S WORTH, Feb. 21 2003
That PROPER collection is certainly not the first cd you should buy of SATCHMO's early recordings.However for the price,it's not bad at all.It includes famous stuff from the HOT FIVE,HOT SEVEN days:CORNET CHOP SUEY,WILLIE THE WEEPER;the first recording of NOBODY KNOWS THE TROUBLE I'VE SEEN and a fabulous STARDUST.ST-LOUIS BLUES pales when you compare it with the version of the 1954 lp that was entirely devoted to the father of the blues W.C.HANDY.If you want to amuse yourself,try to find out how many essentials or best of cds of the great man are available on the market.Good luck!

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