Less is more with Ultimate… Acoustic, 68 stripped back tracks across 4 CDs. Shakira, Kansas, Leona Lewis, Jeff Buckley, The Byrds, Hurts and many others.
After the Requiem continued Gavin Bryars' journey away from the more experimental work that made his reputation early in his career toward pieces possessing a more melancholic and romantic quality. In two of the works herein, "The Old Tower of Lobenicht" and "Allegrasco," one can hear echoes of his brilliant composing on the Hommages album. But where the romantic elements were stricter and more crystalline on the prior effort, here there is an expansiveness that sometimes succeeds and at other times verges on kitsch.
2015 holiday release from the country/pop vocalist. Today Is Christmas is comprised of traditional and original songs with featured duets with Aloe Blacc and Gavin DeGraw. LeAnn Rimes is one of the most successful entertainers worldwide with a career spanning more than two decades. With 45 million albums sold, two Grammy awards, three Academy Of Country Music awards and 12 Billboard Music awards, she has made her mark in the world of music. This release includes yuletide favorites such as 'We Need A Little Christmas', 'Must Be Santa' and 'Holly Jolly Christmas/Frosty The Snowman' plus new classics like 'That Spirit Of Christmas' and the title track.
Set in the exotic surroundings of the Ottoman Empire and with a narrative encompassing abduction, murder and shipwreck, Le Corsaire is a swashbuckling pirate drama that delights for its spectacular nature and which includes some of the most bravura male dancing in the ballet repertoire. The work’s evolution has been a complex one, its libretto and choreography subject to numerous revisions since its first appearance in Paris in 1856, and in this English National Ballet production – the first British staging of the work – former-ballerina-turned-choreographer Anna-Marie Holmes adapts the 1974 Petipa-Sergeyev Kirov version to create ‘brisk, stylish entertainment’ (Guardian) that is visually enhanced by Hollywood designer Bob Ringwood’s ‘superb’ (Daily Telegraph) Orientalist sets and costumes. First-rate dancing by the company and its soloists – including Alina Cojocaru’s ‘radiant performance’ as Medora (Independent), Yonah Acosta’s ‘vividly drawn and villainous’ Birbanto (Financial Times) and Vadim Muntagirov’s ‘compelling’ (Daily Telegraph) portrayal of Conrad – underscores the ‘roaring, madcap success’ (Financial Times) of this production.