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My Foolish Heart

2001 Montreux Jazz Festival set from the top piano trio in jazz, and their most energetic, uplifting offering in quite a while. This time, the trademark reinventions of tin pan alley standards cohabi…

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The Elephanta Suite

The Elephanta Suite delivers three loosely-related stories of Americans travelling and living in India. In ‘Monkey Hill’ a long-married couple, Audie and Beth Blunden, grow apart while holidaying in …

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Gounot: Messe Solenelle de Saint Cecille

There is lots of humour in this ‘solemn’ work, so I wouldn’t say it was for sensitive souls. It is played with such gusto that we can overlook Gounod’s approach to this classic form of choral writing…

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Songs of Mass Destruction

Some may think four years between albums is way too long, but Annie Lennox has never been one to rush things. Putting family first, she has taken her time to compose all of the 11 tracks with incredi…

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Girl Meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis

Ali Smith’s latest work radiates a sweet passion that is at once surprising and highly attractive. Refiguring the myth of Iphis and Ianthe from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Smith ponders the way our gender…

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Revival

Not many artists so easily conjure up images of times past. John Fogerty is one such voice. Familiar, still tapping into our consciousness with messages relecant to today’s world. At times the lyrics…

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Beethoven: Piano Concertos 3 & 4

This recording from the latter part of the 1970s remains strikingly fresh and Pollini’s reading of both concertos, particularly the third, is inspired. Karl Boehm’s faithful accompaniment only adds t…

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Fire in the Blood

Guest review

Fire in the Blood is a worthy introduction to the writings of Irène Némirovsky, whose life came to an untimely end in an Auschwitz infirmary in 1942. Its plot is characteristic of her …

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Dirt Farmer

This record is Levon Helm’s first release in more than 10 years. It includes a mix of traditional interpretations with modern and classic blues and country standards. With a deep rooted respect for m…

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The Belles Line

78 Saab. Never heard of them? Well get with the program! Take it from me and other people in the know. 78 Saab is one of Australia’s premier pop/rock bands. An unearthed gem that over their few relea…

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