Christmas Choral Classics: Encore - Review

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This is the third release in the Silva Classics’ Christmas Choral Classics series featuring the Crouch End Festival Chorus and The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of David Temple. The songs, new vocal and musical arrangements were penned by Evan Jolly, Paul Bateman and Paul Campbell. Following on the success of Christmas Choral Classics and The Greatest Christmas Choral Classics, the updated release features both Christmas favourites and contemporary songs that have, over the years, become part of the festivities ('Fairytale Of New York', 'Hallelujah' and 'Perfect Day')... [click here...]

 

Scalextric: Delorean - Back to the Future II - Toy

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Prepare to go Back to the Future with Scalextric with the release of the iconic Delorean time machine from Back to the Future: Part II. This version of the DeLorean time machine is used to take Marty, the Doc and Jennifer into the future (2015) and features detailed decoration including the Mr Fusion Home Energy Reactor. This 1:32 scale slot car features high detail Xenon effect headlights, working rear lights, Magnatraction easy change pick-ups and is digital plug ready (digital plug not included)... [click here...]

 

Götterfunken - Classical Music Review

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Inspired by a transcription by composer Franz Liszt, Götterfunken employs the duality of two grand pianos to reimagine and reinterpret Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony. As mother and daughter, pianists Eliane Rodrigues and Nina Smeets infuse their own personal flair with Rodrigues’s arrangement, following the path Beethoven paved while connecting his work to the present day with small instances of improvisation throughout that reflect his original stylistic preferences... [click here...]

 

A Mexican Christmas - Classical Music Review

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The Newberry Consort and EnsAmble Ad-Hoc present A Mexican Christmas, an album of 17th century traditional music for worship and celebration. The collection features pieces commonly heard in both liturgical service and in the streets, and evoke the solemnity and fanfare heard in Mexico City’s convents and plazas, with jubilant vocals and lively strings, guitars, and percussion. Organ, harp, bassoon, and a variety of Mexican traditional instruments bring this exuberant and diverse music to life... [click here...]

 

The Tamarind Seed - Soundtrack review

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Silva Screen Records release, for the first time in physical and digital formats, John Barry's soundtrack to the 1974 romantic spy thriller The Tamarind Seed. Up until 2015, only sections of the master tapes were available. More material was discovered by Tim Beddows, Director of Network Distribution, during his research to release the film in DVD and Blu-ray formats. Together with additional research and input from Jon Burlingame, Geoff Leonard and Pete Walker, The Tamarind Seed is finally released after 47 years... [click here...]

 

Song in the Smoke (PS4 - PSVR) - Game review

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Battle strange beasts and brave the elements to stay alive in Song in the Smoke: an expansive and mysterious VR survival game set in a world outside of time. Song in the Smoke puts survival in your hands. Enter a dangerous world and craft weapons, make clothes, build fires, and brew potions to defend yourself against vicious predators. Block, parry, and strike back with your club, attack from distance with your bow, or use your wits to sneak past the lethal creatures that call this land their home. The hunted also becomes the hunter. Use your senses to stalk prey in virtual reality: track their smell, follow their footprints, and plan your strike. When you’re ready, show off your skill with intuitive and responsive VR controls that let you execute the perfect shot. Travel between wildly different environments as you follow the guidance of your ancestors, and uncover the secrets of Song in the Smoke... [click here...]

 

Hell Let Loose (Xbox Series X/S) - Game review

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Join the ever-expanding experience of Hell Let Loose - a hardcore World War Two first person shooter with epic battles of 100 players with infantry, tanks, artillery, a dynamically shifting front line and a unique resource based RTS-inspired meta-game. Fight in the most iconic battles of the Western Front, including Carentan, Omaha Beach and Foy and more. This is combat at a whole new scale.... with lumbering tanks dominating the battlefield, crucial supply chains fuelling the frontlines, you are a cog in the machine of colossal, combined arms warfare. Hell Let Loose puts you in the chaos of war, complete with deep player-controlled vehicles, a dynamically evolving front line, and crucial unit-focused gameplay that commands the tide of battle... [click here...]

 

Sophie Hutchings: Echoes in the Valley - review

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Australian pianist and composer Sophie Hutchings releases a new album of solo piano pieces via Decca. Echoes in the Valley consists of 11 tracks (40 min, 10 sec). Recording sessions had originally been scheduled to take place in Berlin, but when COVID hit and the world was forced into lockdown, Hutchings changed her approach entirely. She chose to embrace isolation, and use it as a means of moving through the quiet chaos and collective trauma that people around the world were experiencing. Listeners made contact with Hutchings to tell her their stories, and share how her music has helped them to stay grounded and calm... [click here...]

 

Andrea Bocelli: One Night in Central Park - Music

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Ten years since Andrea Bocelli performed a concert, packed with surprise guest singers, at Central Park, Decca Records reissues the album on CD, digital download and vinyl... [click here...]

 

 

I Expect You to Die 2 (PSVR) - Game review

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Welcome back, Agent! Right now, Zoraxis believes you are dead. To capitalize on this moment, we are sending you deep undercover to explore some diabolical intelligence the Agency has received regarding Zoraxis’ move for world domination. Here’s what we can tell you now...your first mission is to protect the prime minister, who is attending a theater production featuring world-famous actor and celebrity John Juniper... [click here...]