Asian-American baritone saxophonist Fred Ho has been a champion of freedom and expressionism in modern creative jazz for some time. A continuing battle with cancer has inspired him to assemble the Green Monster Big Band, with reference to the famed left-field wall at Fenway Park in Boston, but more directly related to the huge sound and diverse ideas this juggernaut ensemble represents. Ho is influenced by the '60s big bands, television or movie themes, and the psychedelic rock he grew up with, all present on this ambitious program.
As in the case of "Cosi", Solti recorded "Don Giovanni" twice, the first time in 1978. It was a work he had loved since he heard Bruno Walter conduct it in Salzburg in 1936, with Ezio Pinza in the title role. His 1978 performance is distinguished by the presence of some of the leading Mozartian singers of the day, notably Margaret Price's Donna Anna, Stuart Burrows's Don Ottavio and Lucia Popp's Zerlina. Appreciable quantities, too, are Bernd Weikl's potent Giovanni, Gabriel Bacquier' demotic Leporello and Sylvia Sass's flamboyant Donna Elvira.
Don Giovanni, a libertine, a rake with a devil-may-care attitude, is portrayed magnificently by Teddy Tahu Rhodes in this Opera Australia production, where he first appears on stage in a costume where less is definitely more! Charismatic and sexy, Rhodes acting and singing are magnificent. His misused servant, Leporello, is played by Conal Coad, who skilfully promotes the opera's comic elements whilst delivering a thumping bass full of drama.
The classic stage designs of Carl Friedrich Oberle form the backdrop to the drama of Don Giovanni's last day on earth, before he is hurled in to Hell's flames by the Commendatore, Daniel Sumegi, whose basso profundo is befittingly momentous.
From G.L. Lambert, the bestselling author of Solving Single comes the most controversial book of the year, Ho Tactics: How To MindF**k A Man into Spending, Spoiling, and Sponsoring. This step by step guide reveals the inner workings of the female player, those women who use the art of seduction to secure a life of luxury. Through 20 chapters, the reader is given a crash course on how to gain power over the opposite sex in a manner that any woman can pull off no matter her perceived shortcomings. There is a phrase in today s culture that "Hos stay winning", and for the first time those secrets are revealed in this all-encompassing How To manual. For those who are feed up with dating below their potential or looking for insight into the male mind, Ho Tactics breaks the cookie-cutter formula of relationship books, and offers life changing techniques that you can apply today. Strong women don't need men, but men need strong women, learn how to unleash that desire and conquer your love life.
Metawhore is without a doubt the most controversial autobiography of 2012. The author cleverly fuses athoroughly enteraining life story with thought provoking philosophy. Buried within the pages is a mirror that consistently reflects the sub-conscious of the reader, asking questions of the self usually considered taboo. Humorous, morally challenging, honest, unapologetic and wholly addictive. Metawhore is not just a complelling read but arguably the most sexually inshightful book of the decade.
From the ancients who charted the stars, to Jules Verne and Flash Gordon, to The X-Files, Apollo 13, and Armageddon, people around the world have long been intrigued with the heavens and outer space. Don't Know Much About the Universe, the fifth title in this bestselling series, uses the now-familiar and popular question-and-answer format to inform and entertain listeners by examining a subject that has inspired the greatest of fascinations, produced many popular misconceptions, and, ultimately, helped to shape the course of history. Like other books in the series,Don't Know Much About the Universe integrates diverse subjects and ideas, touching on everything from Geography to Cosmic Theology to the impact of the Space Race on American history.