EDITOR: Ian Lace
Deputy Editor:
Gary S. Dalkin

Reviewers: Ian Lace,
Paul Tonks,Gary Dalkin, Richard Adams, (JW), Didier C Deutsch, Gerald Fenech, Mark Hockley
Los Angeles correspondent: Anthony E. Anderson
April 2002 CD REVIEWS Founder Len Mullenger

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Editor's Choice

DVD Film: A.I. Artificial Intelligence [Special Edition] ;   Music by John WILLIAMS Directed by Steven Spielberg starring Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law and William Hurt  WARNER Home Video ZI 21330 2 DVDs [140 mins feature length] ; ****(*) [IL]

Editor's Recommendation

Patrick DOYLE: Gosford Park ;   OST Vocals: Jeremy Northam (as Ivor Novello) and Abigail Doyle; Piano: Christopher Northam   DECCA 470 387-2 [51:07] ; **** [IL]


Christopher YOUNG: The Shipping News ;   The Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Allan Wilson. Uilean pipes: Robert White; Penny Whistle: Tony Hinnegan; Hurdy Gurdy: Nigel Eaton; Fiddle: Dermot Crehan; Harps: Hugh Webb & Miriam Keogh; Guitars & Psalteries: Robin Jeffery & Stuart Hall   MILAN 74321-925532 [46:14] ; *** [IL]; **** [GSD]

{Mark ISHAMcomposer}: Life as a House ;   OST  VARÉSE SARABANDE VSD-6297 [41:51] ; *** [MH]; *** [IL]

Rolfe KENT: Kate & Leopold ;   OST   MILAN [42:00] ; *** [MH]

Joseph LoDUCA: Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups). Additional music by Robbie Gall;   OST  Virgin Records America 7243-8-11248-2-6 [70:41] ; ***** [JW]

Paul GRABOWSKY : Last Orders ;   OST  VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6330 [37:14] ; ***(*) [IL]

John HARRISON: Day of the Dead ;   OST  NUMENOREAN MUSIC NMCD 001 [72:57] ; **** [MH]

Graeme REVELL: Collateral Damage ;   The Hollywood Studio SO conducted by Tim Simonec * electronics pre-recorded by the composer and Robert Irving  Varèse Sarabande VSD-6292 [35:27] ; * [GSD]

Richard JACQUES: Headhunter ;   Sega [67:57] ; **(*) [PT]

Trevor RABIN: Jet Li The One ;   OST  VARÈSE SARABANDE VSD-6310 [42:10] ; ** [PT]

Leonard Bernstein Feature

DVD:: Leonard Bernstein conducts West Side Story ;   Kiri Te Kanawa, José Carreras, Tatiana Troyanos, Kurt Ollmann * Leonard Bernstein * pick-up orchestra   DG DVD 073 017-9 * PCM Stereo * 4:3 - full-frame conventional TV ratio * region 0 * [89 minutes] ; *** - programme quality; * - DVD quality [GSD]

Compilation:: New York, New York Music by Leonard Bernstein featuring music from On the Waterfront; On the Town; West Side Story; and Candide Russell Watson; Renée Fleming; José Carreras; Michael Ball; Thomas Hampson;   Christa Ludwig; Kiri Te Kanawa; Sarah Vaughan; Frederica von Stade and Oscar Peterson Trio etc.   Deutsche Grammophon 472 193-2 [143:32] ; **** [IL]

DVD Film Review:: On the Waterfront   Music by Leonard BERNSTEIN; Starring: Marlon Brando, Eva Marie Saint, Karl Maldon, Lee J. Cobb and Rod Steiger. Directed by Elia Kazan. Produced by Sam Spiegel.   COLUMBIA TRI-STAR CDR 10017 [103 mins] ; ****(*) [IL]

DVD Reviews

DVD Film:: The Guns of Navarone ;   with music by Dimitri TIOMKIN Starring: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quale, Stanley Baker, Irene Papas, Gia Scala and James Darren. Directed by J. Lee Thomson  COLUMBIA TRISTAR DVD CDR 10010 [150 mins feature running time] ; Film *****; DVD features (repetitious) *(*) [IL]

DVD Film: : North by Northwest with music bv Bernard HERMANN ;   Starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason directed by Alfred Hitchcock   WARNER HOME VIDEO Z1 65016 [131 mins approx with 90 mins feature] ; ***** [IL]

DVD Review: : DAME ELIZABETH TAYLOR A musical celebration (a benefit for HIV and AIDS) 26th May 2000;   TDK DVD Video DV-ELTAY [90 mins] Surroundsound ; *** [IL}

DVD WILLIAM WALTON: At the Haunted End of the Day ;   London Weekend Television's South Bank Show 1981 documentary Directed by Tony Palmer featuring Sir William Walton and Lady Susana Walton and comments by Sir Laurence Olivier, and Sacheverell Sitwell. With film excerpts from: The First of the Few; Battle of Britain; Hamlet; Henry V, and concert pieces  DECCA DVD 074 1590-9 [99mins] ; [no rating] [IL]

Curio Corner

Anne DUDLEY: A Different Light ;   The Quartet of London Anne Dudley: piano & keyboards * Derek Watkins: trumpet & flugel * Paul Morgan: bass * Phil Todd: soprano saxophone * Kuljit Bhamra, Paul Clarvis, Frank Ricotti, Luis Jardim: percussion * Rolf Wilson: orchestral leader * Carys Lane: solo vocal on "Pie Jesu"   Angel 7243 55715821 [50:09] ; ****(*) [GSD]

Jerry GOLDSMITH: Christus Apollo. text by Ray Bradbury (plus Music for Orchestra), Anthony Hopkins (narrator); Eirian James(mezzo-soprano) ;   London Voices London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Jerry Goldsmith  TELARC CD-80560 [51:21] ; **** [GSD}

If only they had scored for films:-
Victor DE SABATA (1892-1967): La notte di Plàton; Gethsemani; Juventus ;   Aldo Ceccato conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra  HYPERION CDA67209 [62:57] ; ***** [IL}

Miklós RÓZSA (19071996): String Quartet No. 1 Op. 22 (1950) String Quartet No. 2 Op. 38 (1981) Sonata for two Violins Op.15a (1933, rev. 1973)a ;   The Flesch Quartet (Philippa Ibbotson, Mark Denman, violins; Robert Gibbs, viola and violina; David Newby, cello) Recorded: St Silas Church, Kentish Town, January 2000 (string quartets) and Parish Church of the Holy Trinity, Weston, Hertfordshire, August 2000   ASV CD DCA 1105 [64:13] [HC] ; [no rating] [HC]

Compilation: Together Again: The Benny Goodman Quartet ;   Benny Goodman; Lionel Hampton; Gene Krupa; and Teddy Wilson  BMG RCA Victor 09026638812 [41:19] ; **** [JC]

Audio Book Reviews

: A LIFE OF SHAKESPEARE ; By Hesketh Pearson read by Simon Russell Beale with David Timson, daniel Philpott and Caroline Faber.   NAXOS NA 221612 2 CDs [2:36:57] ; [no rating] [IL}

Book Reviews

: Which Lie Did I Tell ; By William Goldman  Bloomsbury Press paperback 490 pages ISBN 0-7475-5317-3 ; [no rating] [IL

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