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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Score

Here it is, my initial thoughts about the score for the first installment of The Hobbit—An Unexpected Journey—with Howard Shore back in the role as the composer. Going straight for the extended Special Edition version of the soundtrack, I sat … Continue reading

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Alkan: Concerto for Solo Piano, with Orchestra

Charles-Valentin Alkan was a french piano virtuoso and a composer for the instrument at the height of the romantic era. His music is characterized by its complexity and the virtuosity demanded to play it. Maybe this is the reason Alkan’s … Continue reading

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Some recordings of great works make such an impression that afterwards there’s no going back to others. Kurt Masur and Leipzig Gawandhaus Orchestra’s account of Beethoven’s 7th is nothing like this. It’s so boring that it temporarily ruined my impression … Continue reading

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Sony DAB/FM Radio with CD-Player

In order to receive news updates and fresh musical inputs in the morning and otherwise, I bought Sony’s XDR-S100CD, a combined DAB- and FM-radio with CD-player. It’s a good-looking piece of work that blends old and new design in a … Continue reading

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Gil Shaham: Devil’s Dance

I like to check out collections of encores, showpieces, favorites or whatever else they may be called. These are albums consisting of mostly short and melodic pieces, often showcasing a particular soloist. My favorite solo instruments in this regard are … Continue reading

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Clint Mansell: The Fountain

Before I watched Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain I had already checked out the score by Clint Mansell. He had caught my attention with his strange music for the same director’s Requiem for a Dream from which I especially liked the … Continue reading

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The Essential Benny Goodman

For a long time I’ve been looking for a Benny Goodman album with my favorite tracks from the King of Swing. It proved difficult to find an album covering all my favorites and I ended up bying Sony’s 2-CD-set The … Continue reading

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