Prokofiev's enchantingly surreal commedia dell'arte masterwork is turned into a spectacular triumph of total theatre in this vital production from the Amsterdam Muziektheater. De Nederlandse Opera has chosen to use the more flexible French libretto of the 1921 premiere, a pertinent choice which has the advantage of accentuating the aesthetic common ground shared by Prokofiev and Les Six. Stéphane Denève's brilliant musical direction inspires outstanding performances from the soloists and the superb Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, enhanced by the smart, blockbusting staging of Laurent Pelly and the exquisite sets of Chantal Thomas, which propel this feverish fable to great heights.
Oranges & Lemons is the third in a series of remixed and expanded XTC classics. The album has been mixed for 5. 1 Surround Sound from the original multi track studio master tapes by Steven Wilson with input from Andy Partridge and is fully approved by XTC. The CD features a completely new stereo album mix by Steven Wilson. Blu-ray (ALL Region) features a 5. 1 Surround mix in 24bit/96khz mixed from the original multi track tapes available in LPCM and DTS HD MA. Blu-ray features the new stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio. Blu-ray features flat transfer of the original stereo album mix in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio, instrumental versions of all new mixes in 24bit/96khz LPCM audio features two separate sets of demo and work tape sessions showing the evolution of the album and associated recordings, one set of pre-recording rehearsals, promos and id links for radio stations and record companies and a collection of single mixes and XTC's version of Capt. Beefheart's 'Ella Guru'.
The enduring friendship between the Walling and Ostroff families is tested when Nina, the prodigal Ostroff daughter, returns home for the holidays after a five-year absence and enters into an affair with David, head of the Walling family.
Christmas Jump & Jive is one of two holiday-themed compilations included in Rod McKuen's series "Songs That Won The War." This collection is sourced primarily from radio broadcasts and transcriptions. It is a strange package: many of the selections are not holiday tunes; many are not from the 1940s, much less the war years; and some of the track titles are dubious at best: the "Quiet Christmas Riot" attributed to Buddy Rich is plain old "Quiet Riot," and Benny Goodman's "Jingle Bell Jive" is the 1935 "Jingle Bells" recorded for Victor. But buried in the filler are some rare gems: a breakneck broadcast version of Duke Ellington's "Ring Dem Bells"; a rare parody of "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer" by the equally rare pairing of Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald; and a broadcast performance of Nat King Cole's "Mrs. Santa Claus."
Musicality and variety is awesome! I gave this only 3 stars because the first 5 songs are the only new ones. All remaining songs are on his recording "The Heart of Christmas" – which I also have. They're not even new versions of the (same) songs – sound identical to the other recording. It's very frustrating to buy a recording and think you're getting all new songs, only to learn that they filled it with songs already released. If you like Matthew West and don't have any of his Christmas music, I highly recommend this. If you already have some, just be cautious that you're not buying what you already have..