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The Boy from Oz (2003 Original Broadway Cast)
Decca Broadway, 2003
The Boy From Oz CD
I remember Peter Allen on American Bandstand and I'm a Hugh Jackman fan. I LOVE this CD for the story it tells about Peter's life and the talent of Hugh, who portrayed him in this Broadway play.
Lady Sings the Blues
Billy Dee Williams
Ross and Pryor should have been Oscar winners
I probally have seen "Lady Sings the Blues" over a 100 times,and its on TV right now.Its near the end after The Piano Man ,Richard Pryor,has just gotten killed.I'm amazed of his acting,and of course,Diana Ross.She is Billy Holiday,even the way she sings.I have alot of Holidays records,and Ross added her style blending with Billys to come up with one of the greatest performances ever on screen. ...
Operatic production of an oratorio
There is conjecture about this being an oratorio rather than an opera as it is based on an English opera libretto by Congreve. One train of thought suggests that, with opera waning in popularity, the oratorio form was needed for success to regain prosperity for the composer. That said the Zurich performance is most definitely in operatic form but the result is strange at times with the chorus ...
Mahler: Symphony No. 2
, Isabel Bayrakdarian, ...
San Francisco Sym, 2004
As expected, the recorded sound is very good and the SFSO plays wonderfully. This Mahler cycle starts powerfully with the 1st Symphony, one of my favorite recordings of that piece, and gets even better with this version of the 2nd. It is slightly quieter than both their 1st and 3rd symphonies in this cycle, but the sound, both in stereo and multichannel, is great. All the shortcomings from ...
Guys and Dolls [Original Music from the Movie Soundtrack]
Blue Moon Imports, 2007
A Wonderful Surprise!
"Guys and Dolls" is one of my favorite musicals and boasts an amazing number of songs that are considered 'standards' of the American Musical Theater. Although the motion picture was not as dazzlingly exciting as many people hoped it would be, considering what a giant hit the stage musical was, it still contains some unique pleasures. It is the only musical that Marlon Brando ever sang in and ...
About a Boy (Full Screen Edition)
Universal Studios, 2003
About life; period...
When I first saw `About a Boy' I found myself slightly underwhelmed. I wanted to like it and knew that I was supposed to, but I just didn't really care. That was a few years ago. Then, about a year ago, I caught it on cable and, while I only caught the last half, I found myself wrapped up in it. Then I bought it. Now I love it. This is definitely a film that has grown on my ...
The Magic Christian
Republic Pictures, 2003
A Must for any Monty Python fan.
The best in humor medicine! I fell in love with Ringo Star in this movie - he is so cute! (personality wise). Peter Sellers is great! I crack up just thinking about some of his dead-pan looks at critical moments in their practical jokes. I wish enough people would buy it so that they would remaster it into HD quality; but it's still too hilirious to not watch over and over, like a long music ...
The Blue Butterfly
Monterey Video, 2006
The Blue Butterfly
Beautiful message: the power to heal is within us. This movie is medicine, itself.
She Wolf: Deluxe Edition (CD & DVD)
The DVD won't work on Win XP
The music is fine and the CD plays as expected. However I tried running the DVD on Win XP machines with Media Player v9, v10 & v11. The DVD would not play with any of these programs. It freezes on the first frame. The DVD plays fine on a MAC running OS 10.4. The DVD plays fine on a standard DVD player.
The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers
, Isabel Bayrakdarian (soprano)
Reprise / Wea, 2002
It's completly wonderful!!
I really do like this lotr ttt soundtrack alot. There is 19 tracks total. And i do have to say they are all wonderful. Tracks on there like Evenstar(which is my fav one)are very relaxing. So if i were you i would get it!!
Manreco - Excelsior (La Scala)
Arthaus Musik, 2010
Frankly, an entertainment extravaganza: A Celebration of Progress, The Triumph of Light over Darkness
Caveat emptor: This 2002 performance was released on DVD by TDK in 2003, and now in 2010 by Arthaus Musik. The Amazon reviews for the earlier release still are relevant. This ballet spectacle premiered in 1881 and was performed as late as 1916. Its documentation, discovered in 1967, led to its revival in modified form. Critical balletomanes may cry Help! as this italianate Red White Green Sea ...
This recording is a delight from start to finish--Isabel Bayrakdarian's heart and soul are linked to every moment of this music, and the result is a haunting collection of songs in a variety of moods. The arrangements and piano solos by Isabel's husband Serouj Kradjian are masterful. I recently attended a live concert in which these artists performed about half of the material on the cd--it was ...
Fonovisa Inc., 2010
Un Gran Disco, Rancheras Bellisimas!!! en la Gran Voz de La Pantoja, se Rejuvenecen, Bravo!!! Juan Gabriel
Maravilloso Disco!! Rancheras Bellisimas, en la Voz de La Pantoja, Rejuvenecen!! Arreglos Musicales Preciosos por Juan Gabriel, como en sus tiempos de Gloria. No han hecho rueda de Prensa ni publicidad y se esta vendiendo como Pan Caliente en Espana. Bravo!!! para estos Dos Pedazos de Artistas!!! La Pantoja con mucha Pasion en su Voz y Juan Gabriel, nos ofrece de nuevo, sus letras Divinas.
Anne and Gilbert, The Musical
Water Street Records, 2006
An utterly charming musical about the love story of Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe
The musical "Anne And Gilbert" by Nancy White, Bob Johnston and Jeff Hochhauser is based upon the L.M. Montgomery novels "Anne of Avonlea" and "Anne of the Island." When we left Anne Shirley at the end of "Anne of Green Gables," she had come around a bend in the road and had realized that Gilbert Blythe was going to be the man she would marry. But when the surprising success of her novel ...
Handel - Serse / Rasmussen, Piau, Bayrakdarian, Bardon, Hallenberg, Peirone, Lippi, Rousset, Les Talens ...
As Flimsy as a Shakespeare Comedy...
... but all the wit goes into the music rather than the word play. Shakespeare and the sundry Italian librettists who wrote for Handel had the same roots in Italian Renaissance farces and commedia dell'arte. With the subtitles on the DVD, you'll suffer only moderate confusion, trying to keep the twists of the story straight, but it doesn't matter. Any sprightly acting or artful stagecraft is way ...
Donizetti - Don Pasquale
Juan Diego Florez
DONIZETTI-TOP PROFESSIONAL COMPOSER
A professional composer of opera must be like a professional songwriter of popular music: what the situation requires, he or she can write. A TOP professional can write it very well. Whether any given professional is GREAT or a GENIUS, is a matter for individual judgment which, frankly, does not much matter to me. Donizetti is one of the supreme examples of top professional writing. This Don ...
Guys & Dolls: A Musical Fable Of Broadway (1950 Original Broadway Cast)
Broadway as it should be
This cd is a superbly remastered special edition of the original GUYS AND DOLLS Broadway soundtrack. I purchased it because I am going to see the latest revival on Broadway and wanted to familiarize myself with the songs as I have never seen the show before. The orchestration and style is a little dated but it only adds to the glorious brilliance of the performances. Through these songs you ...
Isabel Bayrakdarian ~ Joyous Light
This is a stunning recording. Isabel Bayrakdarian's voice is a wonderful clear soprano, rich and warm throughout its range and free of any roughness. Her long familiarity with this repertoire lets her shape each phrase beautifully and, apparently, effortlessly. The disk derives from a concert that took place in Toronto in September, 2001 commemorating 1700 years of Christianity in Armenia. It ...
Bbc / Opus, 2009
Based on Heine's De l'Alemagne (essays on german folklore)Giselle has seen many revisions since its creation in 1941.This Paris version is perhaps the closiest to 1887 St Petersburg Petipa's revised Giselle.I had the privilege to attend, at the age of sixteen, a performance of this ballet in Lisbon(1968),danced by Nureyev and Fonteyn.Having watched quite a few Giselles ever since, I do consider ...
Mozart - Don Giovanni / Gilfry, Polgar, Bartoli, Rey, Nikiteanu, Salminen, Widmer, Harnoncourt, Zurich Opera
Arthaus Musik, 2002
Drama and comedy - This production has it all
It has been around a decade since I first listened to Don Giovanni and it has remained my favourite opera since. Mozart's operatic genius reached its zenith and did not surpass itself after Don Giovanni; and it is arguably his finest written opera, despite (or in spite of) Beethoven's famous disapprobation of the subject matter as "immoral". Rodney Gilfry's Don's perhaps the handsomest and ...
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