Stephen Chakwin

Helpful votes received on reviews: 83% (5 of 6)
Location: Norwalk, CT USA
Birthday: June 28
In My Own Words:
I am a writer, thinker, counselor and lawyer. I live in CT and work in New York. I can be reached by e-mail [schakwin<at>]. My work is helping people find meaning and joy in their lives by identifying and connecting with their true values and representing seriously injured people and helping them find the resources they need to rebuild their lives. My higher calling is to awaken myself … Read more


Top Reviewer Ranking: 513,610 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 6
What The Universe Tells Me: A Film About Mahler's &hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Thomas Hampson
This is great enterprise. On the one hand, it includes a top-notch performance of Symphony 3 by the Manhattan School of Music Orchestra led by Glen Cortese. On the other it includes a series of mostly insightful video essays on the work by noted Mahler scholars, a philosopher, a theologian, and a psychologist. You will understand the symphony as never before if you listen to these discs.
There are few sounds on discs like the amber liquid of the BPO at the beginning of Karajan's recording of the Eighth, one of his specialites that he recorded several times in Vienna, once as far as I know in Berlin. the whole performance of this symphony is luminous and lyrical. There are other fine approaches to it: Kertesz, Kubelik, Neumann, etc., but none with the sheer inner glow of this one.
Symphony 9 is also gorgeously played and powerfully laid out. There are scores of good recordings of this piece, including a wonderful bargain from Kertesz and the Vienna Phil, as well Karajan's own Viennese recording. This is a worthy and lyrical one. At the price it is well worth it and… Read more
The Skeptical Environmentalist: Measuring the Real&hellip by Bjorn Lomborg
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I won't add much to the many notes here. This is a book that is important to read to get some perspective on the exaggerations and distortions fed to us and repeated uncritically by the mostly mindless press.
As Lomborg points out more than once in the book, there is real environmental work to do and there are real environmental decisions to be made, but there is so much noise and so much distortion by advocacy groups competing for money and others competing for publicity that it can be hard to get government to do what will really work instead of wasting needed money on foolish enterprises.
The "review" by the appropriately-named Mr. Fog is nothing more than a hatchet… Read more