Alex Heffes: Sudden Light - Music review

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Film composer Alex Heffes releases an album of original solo piano album, via Silva Screen Records. Sudden Light, sees Heffes perform his own music for the first time stripped back to solo piano in an intimate and personal journey of rediscovery. The album tracks reference themes from many of the composer's film and TV scores such as Hope Gap, Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and BBC Earth: One Amazing Day. The digital album includes a bonus track version of 'I Have Been Here Before', featuring actress Annette Bening reciting Rossetti’s poem 'Sudden Light' which inspired the title of the album... [click here...]

 

The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe - Soundtrack

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Silva Screen Records digitally release the ITV mini-series soundtrack for The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe. The series is based on the extraordinary and compelling true story of how John Darwin faked his own death. Together with his wife Anne Darwin, John perpetrated one of the most elaborate, devastating and surreal frauds of all time. Faking his death in a canoe accident off the coast of Seaton Carew, North East England, he lived for five years undetected in a bedsit connecting to his wife's bedroom. The couple reaped the rewards of John’s life insurance and plotted a new life together in Panama, whilst their two adult sons believed John to be dead... [click here...]

 

Gift Horse (1952) - Blu-ray review

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StudioCanal release a newly-restored version of the rarely seen classic WW2 Navy thriller, Gift Horse. 80 years ago, during WWII, British ‘Operation Chariot' stunned the Nazis, and the film pays tribute to this raid. In 1940, the Royal Navy is frantically recruiting for WWII so pulls Lieutenant Commander Fraser out of retirement to captain the HMS Ballantrae, herself recently re-commissioned and lent by the Americans to a seriously under-resourced British Navy. Despite an inauspicious start and multiple repairs, Fraser crafts the ship and its crew into an efficient fighting force, culminating in a daring mission to destroy a French dockyard which is crucial to the Nazis in maintaining their formidable battleships... [click here...]

 

Passages Through Time - Music Review

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In Passages Through Time, composer Rain Worthington explores the mystery of instrumental music’s ability to communicate the universality of human experiences. She invites the listener into the realm of the nonverbal to reveal our primal commonality, directly touching the heart and soul with music that is delicate and subtle, yet powerful and transporting... [click here...]

 

SAS: Who Dares Wins - Soundtrack review

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Wayne Roberts' score for SAS: Who Dares Wins, is released via Blip. The Channel 4 show sees contestants taken through the SAS selection process - a gruelling and torturous sequence of tasks designed to test a persons physical and mental strength. A survival of the fittest reality TV show... [click here...]

 

 

Pixies: Live In Brixton - Music review

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The Pixies – the grand dames of indie noise – did a Jimi Hendrix. Despite their obvious quality, both US acts had to come to the UK to kick-start their careers. It’s therefore little wonder that when the Pixies reformed in 2004, after an 11-year hiatus, they started off proceedings at London’s Brixton Academy with a four-night residency... [click here...]

 

Mozart Matures - Classical Music Review

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On Mozart Matures: 1780s Piano Works, pianist Roberta Rust perceptively explores Mozart’s personal artistic journey and progression from an extraordinary talent to an immortal giant of musical composition. Largely eschewing the popular tunes, Rust instead carefully handpicked musical selections designed to showcase the composer’s structural, technical, and harmonic development... [click here...]

 

Tori Amos: Ocean to Ocean - Music review

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Decca Records release Tori Amos's new LP, Ocean to Ocean, following on from her last studio record, 2017’s Native Invader. The inspirations for this latest release are diverse, including a Tennessee road trip, stories inspired by her ancestors, the ascension of Donald Trump and the slow loss of her mother to a stroke... [click here...]

 

Gravity Chase (Xbox One) - Game review

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It’s the year 2088 and the Gravity Chase race series is on. Transport and fighter craft have been converted to compete on Hyperloop circuits set in various themed locations. Gravity Chase, the sequel to Velocity G, is a futuristic anti-gravity racer with a twist. Competition takes place on Hyperloop circuits, vacuum tunnel tracks that allow super-fast 360 degree Zero-G racing. Skill and precision piloting are required to follow the optimum line along with strategic use of pickups, powerups and weapons in order to progress through the race series... [click here...]

 

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...]