Four volumes from Rather Interesting label.
Real Intelligence IV (2002). On this compilation you will find the 1999-2001 highlights, which surprised and inspired listeners during the last couple of years: Dos Tracks, Erik Satin, Los Samplers, XXX, Bund Deutscher Programmierer, Midisport, The Disk Orchestra and the Roger Tubesound Orchestra. As if this was not enough, rather interesting decided to include 4 previously unreleased bonus titles which make this compilation a 'must have' for all those who like the sound and of 'R.I.'. The bonus titles 'space bossa', 'mambo si, trabajo no!', 'affirmative' and 'hypnotize' perfectly complete this selection of 'r.i.' classics, ranging from Latino influenced compositions via abstract funkiness to electro…
If you love Shakespeare, and / or Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, Berlioz and R. Strauss, you need to have this superb album in your collection. Walker is the most gratifying performer in opera and lieder, for beauty of voice (ravishing, audible silk); technique (perfection), intelligence (never-failing); phrasing (absolutely unsurpassed); and interpretation – Walker does not merely "sell" a song, or act convincingly, she etches her performance on your soul. Just listen to her interpretation of the excerpts from MacBeth, set to music by Joseph Horovitz: Walker is a candidate for best Lady MacBeth. One wonders what she would do with the part as straight drama. If that isn't enough, she caresses the Schumann and the Berlioz, nails the Brahms (no accompaniment – totally exposed voice), and slinks away with the tango "Under the Greenwood Tree."
Ian Bostridge brings his characterful lyricism, and singing of beautiful intelligence, to a welcome sixth volume in Graham Johnson’s comprehensive series. "The lovesick texts are somewhat overwrought and highly coloured to modern ears, but Bostridge is totally convincing, particularly in his wonderfully sensitive handling of the Op 96 collection. Johnson, that poet of the piano, underpins everything with just the right level of ardour—and he writes tremendous sleeve notes."
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