Latest reviews in Classical »

Great Modern Carmen

Advantages: Smooth voiced protagonists, nice sound
Disadvantages: Slightly tame Escamillo, maybe lacking in some french style

Arguably the best recording of Carmen in the past 30 years. Teresa Berganza has a smooth and warm voice here, rather darker than Victoria de los Angeles (Thomas Beecham conducts, EMI) but smoother and lighter than Maria Callas (Georges Pretre conducts, EM ...

operalover2000 04.04.2008 ˇ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of Bizet: Carmen

sleazy landlord vs. scheming servants

Advantages: Great singing and lively performances
Disadvantages: Live recording noises! Quite expensive

If anyone had told me 4 years ago that I would become a huge opera buff I probably would have laughed in their face! But here I am, spending my money on buying operatic recordings, going to see operas, and singing opera. If you’re looking for an int ...

bubblegum_princess 30.11.2004 ˇ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

THIS ENSHRINES WHAT CLASSICAL MUSIC IS!

Advantages: The instruments actually manage to sing to each other!
Disadvantages: If there is any I'd like to know.

'Mozart is sunshine' Antonin Dvorak Mozart is undoubtedly one of the most famous composers there ever was. His music is simply put spellbinding and has to be listened to at least once by everyyone in the course of thier lives. His abudance of talent ha ...

Puma1000 30.01.2004 ˇ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: helpful
Review of Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

A mass for peace- about time!

Advantages: A good, basic classical piece to have in the repertoire!
Disadvantages: Some tracks very technical, not easy listening

Just to let you know a little more about me, I am a classically trained perfomer, I am an accomplished orchestral musician, with the flute being my first instrument. I have always been surrounded with classical music as my father was a professional musici ...

armychick 22.07.2005 ˇ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace

"THE ARMED MAN MUST BE FEARED"

Advantages: An excellent piece of very original music
Disadvantages: Some parts let the work down a little

The first I heard of Jenkins was a good few years back following the release of his enormously successful album: 'Adiemus'. He's also written the very popular piece for strings called Palladio (made famous by the Diamond ads). One of his more recent offer ...

Jaxle 19.08.2005 ˇ Read full review
Ciao members have rated this review on average: very helpful
Review of Karl Jenkins: The Armed Man - A Mass for Peace