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Product: Audio CD
Title: First Christmas Morning
Label: Morning Sky
Artist: Dan Fogelberg
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
The First Christmas Morning


Dan Fogelberg is one of the most prolofic songwriters of our times.His songs always touch the heart and make you stop and think about the world around you.I have always found his music inviting and gentle like a warm summer day.My only regret is that Dan Fogelberg has been greatly passed over as one of the pioneers in the music industry.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Nightfall
Label: Narada
Artist: David Lanz
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Classic Lanz - One of my personal favorites


This is arguably the best David Lanz album. He uses very simple melodies and hooks in this solo recording and it is genius.
This is my favorite David Lanz. I enjoy this solo work much more then the other full instrumentation albums that tend to wash-out the woodsy resonance and intimacy captured by solo piano.
i also reccomend another NARADA artist, Michael Jones, and his solo album "seascapes" & "sunscapes". Also the "music box" compilation.
Michael Jones's creations are more virtuostic and abstract in their nature, but less melodic and demanding on the listeners attention then the simplicity of David Lanz, which is the beauty that his piano playing and this album, "Nightfall" represents.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Label: Sony
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
Just One Word: GREAT!!


Master John Williams once again has accomplished an excellent work with the soundtrack of Star Wars, Episode I. It's full of passion, drama and evokes the music of the first trilogy. I can't think of any musician with such talent to create and capture the music in a way that moves you so deeply. He has the ability to make, with his wonderful music, movies more attractive, more entretaining. You just can't see o listening to them once, but over and over again, until they are part of you. They never are forgotten. John Williams has always made magnificent music, but Star Wars for me is the best. It will trascend generations and still, it will be wonderful. He has the force with him. He always will.



Product: Audio CD
Title: Richard Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Artist:
Rating: 5/5
Customer rating - 5 out of 5
One of von Karajan's peaks


I confess that my love of this recording is a bit influenced by hearing von Karajan and Berlin do this piece live, at Carnegie Hall back in the 1980s. I had never heard the work before, and not only did it impress on its own terms, but the extraordinary rapport between this conductor and the orchestra at that time just mesmerized me. (For the curious, the program opened with Stravinsky's "Apollon Musagete.")

This recording captures much of that same aura, and is one of the best examples of the special chemistry that he and the ensemble had at the time. In line with its title, the score could be seen as a series of ever-escalating climaxes, and Karajan's judgment of how to pace these seems overwhelmingly "right." Strauss' long phrases breathe with a naturalness that not every conductor seems to sense, and the orchestra -- well, let's just say that when Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic were "on" they had few peers. This is one of those "on" moments. The sound is delicious -- one of DG's best with these forces. As just one example, the powerful "Storm" sequence is really overwhelming, and I like hearing Strauss' wind sounds audible but not exaggerated.

There are a number of marvelous recordings of this work, including Haitink's with the Concertgebouw, and Blomstedt's with San Francisco, just to cite two of my own favorites. But this CD is quite special and deserves the accolades it has received.