brotagonist

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 618
Helpful votes received on reviews: 74% (28 of 38)
Location: Calgary AB Canada
Birthday: Aug. 14
In My Own Words:
I don't collect music, no matter how great, that lacks staying power or gathers dust. Mostly, I listen to classical music. I buy CDs only; digital files are for the uncommitted. To reflect recent impressions, I sporadically revise my reviews.
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 618 - Total Helpful Votes: 28 of 38
Red Exposure (bonus track) ~ Chrome
While listening to some of Cabaret Voltaire's songs from the mid-70s, I suddenly realized that there was a marked similarity to some of Chrome's music. More than 30 years later, I still get nostalgic for this album, so I decided to get it. While the rest of Chrome's albums are frenetic, collage-like edits of electronic sound overlays on hard metal-punk that were difficult listening in their time, Red Exposure contains polished songs that don't sacrifice Chrome's unique electro-industrial metal-punk sound. It is no wonder that it is their only album to appear on a major label. This album has remained among my most appreciated rock albums for decades.
Organ Symphony / Dance Symphony / Short Smphony
5.0 out of 5 stars I am impressed!, July 11 2013
My exposure to Aaron Copland had amounted to Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid, Rodeo, Fanfare for the Common Man and the Red Pony. It all came across as populist: I was not impressed. Decades later, I stumbled across this album. These four short early symphonic works, with a hint of jazziness, but not to the extent of George Gershwin, are not trite, by any measure. This music is firmly rooted in the Western classical tradition, but it has a hint of 'that American sound' that Copland pioneered. I am impressed!
Sym 7 ~ Claudio Abbado
Sym 7 ~ Claudio Abbado
In the 1990s, I had 10 Symphonies, but Rafael Kubelik's interpretation felt dry. I feel much more responsive to Claudio Abbado. Mahler's Seventh Symphony is said to depict a journey from dusk to dawn. Awash with delightful sonorities, due to a rich instrumental palette, it readily evokes glorious nighttime walks in the summertime. It is mostly lighthearted, but there is a spooky spell in the middle, too. The final movement, depicting the return to "broad daylight" (Wikipedia, attributed to the composer) is tremendous. This performance is totally convincing. I have seen the light!

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