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New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (Macal) – ‘Beethoven: Symphony No. 6’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op 68 (Pastorale)
Respighi: The Pines of Rome

New Jersey Symphony Orchestra conducted by Zednek Macal

AIX Records has been around since 1989, but I will confess that I had not heard of them until I started researching DVD-Audio and SACD releases for this site. read more…

David Becker Tribune – ‘Germerica’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

David Becker Tribune – ‘Germerica’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Released by 5.1 Entertainment’s Silverline group, ‘Germerica’ is the first DVD-Audio disc to hail from accomplished contemporary jazz guitarist David Becker and his band, the David Becker Tribune.

The David Becker Tribune has been acclaimed worldwide, largely because of their exemplary live performances and also because of the talents of individual members who are amongst the finest exponents of original, contemporary jazz around today. They’ve played the world over, from London’s Barbican Centre to the Jazz Philharmonie in St. Petersburg. You can learn more at: http://www.davidbeckertribune.com/ read more…

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Harnoncourt) – ‘Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 and The Water Goblin’  A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Harnoncourt) – ‘Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 and The Water Goblin’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Symphony No.9 ‘From the New World’ – sometimes called ‘The New World Symphony’ is undoubtedly one of Antonнn Dvorak’s most recognised works. Like so many popular classics, excepts have been introduced to the masses via movies and television; readers in the UK will undoubtedly recollect excerpts from the second (largo) movement being used in an advertising campaign for Hovis bread. read more…

Paul Simon – ‘Youre The One’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Unlike previous highly regarded works such as ‘Graceland’ and ‘The Rhythm of the Saints’, ‘You’re the One’ is an album with few world-music or conceptual influences, rather it re-introduces us to the Paul Simon of old, back to the era where a more recognised singer/songwriter style prevailed. read more…

Blue Man Group – ‘Audio’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

Blue Man Group – ‘Audio’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

Most people have probably never heard of The Blue Man group by name, but most will have seen them on television without realising it. They were the blue-faced characters in the TV commercials for Intel’s Pentium III processors. But BMG is much more than three blue Roman numerals – it is a group of individuals (around 30) which combines performance art, music and musical invention. BMG has a critically acclaimed theatrical production ranging from contemporary theatre, to percussive music, art, science and vaudeville. read more…

Berlin Philharmonic (Harnoncourt) – ‘Johann Strauss in Berlin’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Although the number of classical DVD-Audio releases is steadily increasing, as much as it pains me to say so, only a precious few titles are actually worth listening to. For some reason, record labels feel that classical music buffs – who are often the most hardened and critical of listeners – will be happy with sub-standard, often aged recordings sloppily remixed for six channels. read more…

John Williams – ‘A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

A.I. Artificial Intelligence’ was premiered on June 28th 2001 in the United States and on September 21st in the UK, so the movie itself should be fresh in our minds. From an idea conceived by the late Stanley Kubrick, ‘A.I. read more…

David Diggs – ‘E-Klek-Trik’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

If you know anything about smooth jazz, then you’ll be familiar with the works of David Diggs, one of America’s leading contemporary exponents of the art. Rated as one of the top three new jazz artists of 1985 by Billboard magazine, he has composed music for ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘Midnite Special’ and for the American International Pictures release ‘California Dreamin’. read more…

Steve Stevens – ‘Flamenco a Go Go’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

In these early days of DVD-Audio, there are precious few releases of contemporary recordings; the current catalogue consists mainly of ‘vintage’ 1970’s titles where quite understandably, the fidelity on offer isn’t quite up to today’s standards. read more…

Fleetwood Mac – ‘Rumours’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Rumours’, the timeless 1977 Fleetwood Mac album has been the subject of countless documentaries, books and even formal studies. Not just because of the songs included but also because of the well-publicised trials and tribulations of the band, many of which came to a head during the 1976 recording sessions and whose emotions spilled into the music. read more…

Bela Fleck – ‘The Bluegrass Sessions’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

I’ll come clean, bluegrass isn’t a style of music you’d usually find me listening to. Not that I have any objection to duelling banjos, its just that here in deepest, darkest Cheshire, one doesn’t have any real exposure to live concerts by exponents of the art. read more…

London Philharmonic (Mehta) – ‘Orff: Carmina Burana’ A DVD-Audio review by Nigel Pond

Soloists: Sumi Jo (Soprano); Jochen Kowalski (Alto); Boje Skovhus (Baritone)

Among classical music insiders (professional musicians and critics) is not a very popular work, but there is no doubting that this work is very popular among audiences and amateur performers. read more…

The Corrs – ‘In Blue’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Back in 1995 when ‘Forgiven, Not Forgotten’ was released, The Corrs had a fresh, exciting sound, their songs a heady mixture of Irish folk and polished ‘pop’, punctuated by rip-roaring Irish reels or melodic instrumentals. read more…

Emerson, Lake and Palmer – ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ A DVD-Audio review by Stuart M. Robinson

Those of you old enough to recall the 1970’s golden era of progressive rock will also fondly remember the classic, groundbreaking albums of the time. High on anyone’s prog-rock list will be Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s provocatively named ‘Brain Salad Surgery’, one of those statement concept albums that so lent themselves to the whole 1970’s psychedelic, substance-assisted ‘experience’. read more…

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