D. Wijngaarden

Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (2 of 2)
Location: Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Birthday: Sept. 1


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The Client by John Grisham
The Client by John Grisham
2.0 out of 5 stars Expected so much more, March 19 2004
Rather disappointing after the fast pace and cliffhanger action of The Pelican Brief. I don't mind stereotypes and ham acting (see, I keep thinking about his books as movies) but I want some thrill and suspense to compensate. I have no use for flat characters in an amateur kid psychology novel. Halfway through the book I decided to quickly read ahead and see how it finished and I'm glad I didn't waste more time on it.
Songs ~ Ives
Songs ~ Ives
Ives' songs comprise some of the most beautiful music ever written. I've never heard any other recordings but it's hard to imagine any could be better than this collaboration between Roberta Alexander and Tan Crone. Alexander matches a powerful voice with great emotional range - from the romantic "Songs My Mother Taught Me" to the spright "Memories" and from the forceful "Slugging A Vampire" to the lonely "Spring Song" - and has the diction to make these very American songs sound completely natural. The piano score is more than just accompaniment - it's beautiful in it's own right and Tan Crone adds depth to all the songs.
Despite some seemingly… Read more
Songs ~ L. Bernstein
Songs ~ L. Bernstein
5.0 out of 5 stars Only Roberta, Dec 2 2003
Roberta Alexander is right on top of this recording. She has a beautiful and strong voice, but more importantly, she has perfect command of the music and idiom of these and Ives' songs. The emotional range of the songs is very wide, ranging from playful to thoughtful to sorrowful but she makes all of them sound very natural.
The Five Kid Songs express the imagination of a small child (Jupiter has seven moons, or is it nine? Saturn has a million billion trillion sixty-nine) and it would be very easy to perform them in a childish way, talking down as many adults do - the composer expressly stated that they should not be performed this way and in fact Alexander sings them with a perfectly… Read more