Life & Works Of Chopin (Jeremy Siepmann)

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  • Release Date: 2/1/2010
  • Label: Naxos Audio Books
  • ISBN-13: 9789626340110
  • Catalog Number: 445612
  • Sales rank: 195,392

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2004

    Interesting book if you could hear it

    Enough has been said by other reviewers about the book itself, you either like it or hate it. However, trying to listen to this recording will drive you as mad as many feel Joyce was when he wrote this book. The reader speaks in the quietest voice for much of the book, so quiet I had to turn the cd player up higher than it has ever gone before. Then, the reader suddenly exclaims /yells for a character and the radio is blasted out. Very poor audio quality. However, if like me you can't stand reading Joyce but want to know what the story is all about, this is better than the full unabridged version on cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2000

    A revelation for experts and first-timers alike!

    A few years ago, I picked up Ulysses and put it down in fright. The complexity of the language was too intimidating for me at 17. However, two weeks ago, when I was given this CD set as a gift, I was curious to see what a guided tour of Ulysses would be like.---- I was instantly amazed by how easy it was to follow the thoughts and actions, when they are read by someone as informed and talented as Mr. Norton. His diction is perfectly clear, yet no less perfectly Irish. His Buck Mulligan 'Coronation Day' was my favorite moment; he sounds, perhaps, better and more in tune than Joyce intended! Norton has more guts than any recorded reader I've heard; Joyce requires his male reader to be, at times: embarrassingly unmasculine, extremely profane, deeply sensitive, funny, bizarre, pedagogic, insane, obsessive, and even feline. Norton will shock you, and yet you will agree with me: it is, beyond doubt, exactly what Joyce intended, but could not convey on paper.---- Ms. Riordan has the perfect voice for Molly and Zoe. She can be demure, sensual, sexy, and dirty, in turns, or all at the same time. Her characters' motivations are unmistakeable from second to second: behind her every word lurk the equal possibilities of double-entendre, desire, indifference, or boredom. I quite simply cannot imagine this part read better.---- This recording indeed offers more in some respects than a book ever could; interspersed with the narration are vital snippets of the songs which weave their way through the book: Mozart's 'La ci darem' and Molloy's 'That Old Sweet Song' are keys to understanding the characters, and here they are presented, if not in full, and if not in the highest vocal standard, at least in their place within the narrative.---- I must also remove my hat to Mr. Smyth, the engineer who somehow manages to contrive such scenes as the bar and the brothel, in which Mr. Norton reads many different characters as well as the narrator, who overlap and interrupt each other. Through his careful work, each voice and thought is distinct from every other. This is no small feat, as you will see!---- For those wondering, of course this is not a full rendering of the book. This set is 4 CD's; according to the liner notes, the entire book would 'result in some 15 discs.' Recorded here, also according to the notes, are: the opening of Chapter 1, and chapters 4 and 5 with small cuts; 'From here on in we have selected key points in Bloom's day:' the political debate at Kiernan's, the beach episode with Gertie, the brothel scene, and, of course, Molly's final soliloquy, probably in full.---- Personally, I was able to appreciate the CD's while just listening; my second time through them, I discovered the titles of the track at the back of the liner notes, which clarified things even further.---- This was a perfect introduction for me to Ulysses. I have already ordered the book itself, which I cannot wait to read. All my fear of being unworthy of the book is gone: I now feel ready! Until it comes, I'm taking this to work with me.---- To those who love the entire Ulysses, and those who know it far better than I ever will, I would venture to say that even you will benefit from hearing it read in the Irish voices of these inspired, intelligent, scholarly, talented, and occasionally hilarious readers, well-recorded, with the added bonus of the songs that Joyce surely intended the reader should know well.---- I recommend this set to anyone and everyone who has ever wondered how on Earth to attack this leviathan book, or wondered what all the fuss is about.

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