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Product: Audio CD
Title: The Art of Ashkenazy
Label: Decca
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
A TRULY UNIQUE PIANIST


Vladamir Ashkenazy is one of our lifetime's greatest pianists. Ever since winning the Tchaikovsky competition, his reputation as a pianist has grown stronger and more forthright. This collection takes us through various scopes of the piano repetoire. Being a classical pianist, I hold myself extremely dedicated to the faithful reproduction of piano music on to CD recordings. However, when one is listening to a recording of Ashkenazy's, the responsobility diminishes. With a name and reputation such as this man's there is no need to worry. All piano-music lovers will enjoy this fine collection. There are moments of technical finesse, bravura and showmanship. At other times there are passages of the utmost lyrical beauty. The concertos of Rachmaninov and Chopin are particularly well tackled by Ashkenazy. I have solely one minor criticism of this collection - it would have been nice to have heard some works of Liszt and Beethoven. Ashkenazy is a brilliant interpreter of Beethoven's sonatas in particular. However, with the wealth of compositions already on the CD, there is no real need for this. This CD is will offer its' listener hours upon hours of listening pleasure. All dur to two things - the composers and their music, and Ashkenazy - a truly unique pianist.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Room for Squares
Label: Sony
Artist: John Mayer
Rating: 4/5
Customer rating - 4 out of 5
This guy is in a class by himself


I couldn't disagree more with the first review of this well crafted and down right fun cd. First of all," No Such Thing" is such a breath of fresh air, compared to most of the mindless drivel on pop radio today. And while I am a fan of Dave MatthewsI think comparisons are unfair. I think Mayer's sound is Uniqueand stands on its own merit. The songs are pop for sure but thereis great guitar work and his lyrics are more insightful and certainly more understandable than some. Great guitar riffs andhooks and just plain good songs. Certainly a welcome sound in Todays era of Technopop and Boy Bands.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Four Lute Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 2/5
Customer rating - 2 out of 5
Fame can be manufactured by commercialism.


Bach's lute suites are pieces to whose performance virtuallyevery classical guitarist aspires. They are truly monuments ofmusic for lute or guitar, challenging every player to revealtheir greatness in melody, counterpoint, and harmony.
John Williams meets the challenge on this recording better thanany other guitarist whom I have heard. The performances fairlysing, while at the same time keeping all the voices clear.
This is one of the finest performances of any music that I haveever heard, and, at mid-price, it's a steal.



Product: Audio CD
Title: The Hits 2
Label: Warner Brothers
Artist: Prince
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Essential buy


Better than Hits 1. A must-have for any cd collection