Alan Curtis has done more than most to prove that many of Handel's 42 operas are first-rate music dramas – his Admeto, from 1979 (see page 465), was one of the first complete recordings of a Handel opera to feature period instruments and all voices at correct pitch without transpositions – but it is surprising to note that this is his first recording of an undisputed popular masterpiece. Rodelinda, first performed in February 1725, is a stunning work dominated by a title-heroine who remains devoted to her supposedly dead husband Bertarido and scorns the advances of his usurper Grimoaldo. The potency of Handel's score was enhanced by the complexity of the villain, whose lust-driven cruelty gradually crumbles into a desire to abdicate in order to find spiritual peace. The scene in which the penitent tyrant's life is saved from assassination by the fugitive Bertarido is among Handel's greatest dramatic moments. (Gramophone Classical Music Guide)
When Brit folk rock faves Lindisfarne split in 1973, co-founder Alan Hull forged a successful solo career with albums ‘Pipedream’ and ‘Squire’.By late 1977 the band was back in business but by then Hull was fronting new band, Radiator with former members of Snafu and Ginger Baker’s post-Cream group Airforce.With this line-up he would release Isn’t It Strange, the majority of which was repackaged in 1979 for Phantoms – both for Elton John’s Rocket Record Company.This first time CD reissue on Market Square compiles these albums (removing track duplication) and adding five bonus demos from 1975.
Presenting John Carpenter & Alan Howarth’s complete score to the legendary 1986 20th Century Fox cult actioner BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA, starring Kurt Russell and directed by John Carpenter. Fully remastered and complete, for the first time anywhere, Carpenter & Howarth’s music demonstrates a mastery of synth composition and performance with an iconic score that is inseparable from the action and fun of the film itself. Truly music to “shake the pillars of heaven!” CD includes a 20-Page booklet with exclusive, in-depth liner notes that include comments from the co-composers. This is a limited edition of 3000 Units.
The second issue of the all-new, all Alan Moore, horror series spoken of only in hushed whispers for years is finally here! From the award-winning master of comics, Alan Moore, comes a brand new tale of Lovecraftian horror that will leave you too afraid to close your eyes, but more afraid to open them! NEONOMICON, the sequel to THE COURTYARD Graphic Novel, is slithering its way onto shelves to take its place as a Great Old One of comics terror! Illustrated by Moore's favorite demented artist, Jacen Burrows, NEONOMICON pulls no punches as every full-colored page is covered in nightmares brought to gruesome life! In the wake of a gruesome homicide and an impossible vision in the courtyard, Agents Brears and Lamper are understandably rattled, but more determined than ever to find answers. Now, their case is taking them literally and literarily through Lovecraftian mythos, to Salem, Massachusetts as they try to unravel the secrets of sex, drugs, murder, and the ever-creeping darkness... Alan Moore's Neonomicon #2 is available with a Regular and Wraparound covers by Jacen Burrow. MATURE THEMES --