Upon first listen, No Line on the Horizon seems as if it would be a classic grower, an album that makes sense with repeated spins, but that repetition only makes the album more elusive, revealing not that U2 went into the studio with a dense, complicated blueprint, but rather, they had no plan at all.
Hi buddies!. Here you are the first recording of Braga Santos' 4th symphony, recorded in the late 70's under conductor Silva Pereira, who, with the also portuguese conductor Alvaro Cassuto, are the main champions of this excellent music. Joly Braga Santos was the most important symphonist in Portugal during the XX century, and many people say he was the best iberian symphonist of the last century. Of course there were not too many iberian symphonists and maybe competitivity was not really hard, but despite of all, here you have the proof to agree or not with that opinion... In my humble opinion, mmm yes, maybe he was :P I prefer the modern recording by Casutto with no added choir ate the end (it was suggested by Pereira to the composer), despite he is lively in the rest of the symphony. Stereo sound is ok, if not like Unicorn vinyls because Electrecord rumanian pressings are far from perfect, but it's still audible, so please.. Enjoy!
Hi buddies! Despite I'm not a fan of Barenboim as a conductor, here in Spain, we have a magazine (is almost as sect) that promotes all the cds signed by Dani, like a sort of last revelation when things were invented time ago... Anyway my sick interest defeated me :P and was attracted by this Spanish pressing LP from the junks...and it really impressed me. Its sound is really nice!!! It has a nice performance of the music that I don't know why EMI didn't reissued on cd. The matter comes from the Side B; it has a lot of tracking noise so the groove is totally useless. The transfering of Divertimento was done, but couldn't take a decent sound from it. That's why I didn't add it here. Despite of that, Divertimento was reissued on and old EMI Matrix cd coupled with Schoenberg's Transfigured Night and Hindemith's Trauermusik, so if someone has it, it will be welcome. Please, let me know if you like how it sounds :) Enjoy!
What cannot be denied is that many musiclovers, as well as not a few critics and fellowcomposers, are Panufnik enthusiasts, and the record itself certainly offers good value. The remastering of Universal Prayer (originally spread over two sides) reinforces the spaciousness of the original sound, and the performance of Metasinfonia, recorded without excessive resonance in the Royal Albert Hall, seems excellent.