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The Westminster Legacy (DG box set)
The Westminster Legacy (DG box set)
Price: £96.99

10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well this is annoying, 26 Jan 2014
Like London buses, you don't get any Westminster recordings for ages, then several come along at once. If this were the only collection available, there would be no question about seizing it (see the excellent review above), but in fact it comes in the wake of two huge Universal box sets from South Korea and there is significant overlap. Westminister Legacy (The Orchestral Collection) and Westminster Legacy (The Chamber Collection) comprise 124 CDs between them, seventeen of which are included in the DG set - in other words, almost half the DG set is already in my collection. And the two Korean sets don't cherry pick in the same way; Scherchen's entire Beethoven symphony cycle is included, not just 5 of them, and his Mahler 5, 7 and 10 (Adagio) are there in addition to 1 and 2. Where the DG set scores is in including instrumental and vocal recordings; will two more box sets turn up in Korea to cover these, or should one go for the DG set to acquire them?

So I'd recommend anyone wishing to investigate the wonderful Westminster legacy to go for the Korean sets - except that it already seems difficult to find them and when you do they're about twice what I paid for them a bare three months ago. A rather more coherent global strategy from Universal would be helpful. In the meantime, you decides how much money you're prepared to pay and you takes your choice.


Beethoven: The String Quartets
Beethoven: The String Quartets
Price: £12.51

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargain of the year?, 23 Jan 2014
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The legendary 1953 Hungarian Quartet mono cycle for a tenner? Clearly I must be dreaming. This is the next best thing to the Busch Quartet having recorded all 16 quartets (one of the great missed opportunities of EMI) and the last time I saw these performances on Amazon they were priced at a cool £80. Grab it, before someone comes to their senses.


Mozart: 45 Symphonies
Mozart: 45 Symphonies
Price: £46.00

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars And Number 32?, 23 Dec 2013
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Wonderful performances, and at barely more than £2 a disc well worth a place on the shelf beside your Beecham and Mackerras. But where on earth is Symphony No 32? I know Fischer makes the point in his notes that there's no definitive canon of the symphonies, what with adapted overtures, serenades, etc, but surely 32 has an accepted place? And it's a shame we've lost the off the wall notes that accompanied the earlier single disc issues, which led some people to wonder just what Fischer was on. No matter; for sheer verve and joy, this is a five star issue.
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Piano, Cello Concertos (Zukerman)
Piano, Cello Concertos (Zukerman)
Offered by Music-Club
Price: £22.90

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy it for Zuckerman, 18 Jun 2013
Which is a bit unfair to Entremont and Rose, who turn in very good but not great performances. But Zuckerman's first disc was one of the milestones of my journey into great violin playing, and has never (as far as I know) been issued as an entity on CD. Here we have one of the four performances it contained, the Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo - the Vieuxtemps 5th concerto is the fillup on another disc of Bruch and Lalo. Chausson and Wieniawski anyone? They must still be in the vaults.


Hama SCART To VGA cable
Hama SCART To VGA cable
Price: £26.73

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Works for me, 4 April 2013
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Linking components with scart and vga connections is a real problem; it almost seems to be luck whether or not it works for your particular products. All I can say is that this linked my Linn Unidisk player to my Epson projector perfectly, with no problems at all, enabling me to play dvds. BUT it DOESN'T provide sound (this type of connection isn't designed to), which doesn't bother me as the Unidisk is part of my sound system and plays the dvds through my speakers anyway - if you're looking for sound and vision it won't work by itself.


The Long Retreating Day: Tales of Twilight and Borderlands
The Long Retreating Day: Tales of Twilight and Borderlands
by J. C. A. Gaskin
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsung master, 7 Mar 2013
Why a writer as talented at creating atmosphere as Gaskin is so little known remains a mystery. His lack of a mainstream publisher must be at least partly to blame. I see he has a novel due out shortly - a little over 200 pages at the hideous price of £30. But for writing of this quality, I think I'll just have to grit my teeth and pay...
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Cantatas For Christmas (Box)
Cantatas For Christmas (Box)
Price: £24.10

21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacking the spirit of Christmas?, 25 Nov 2012
What an amazing bargain for anyone slowly collecting the Gardiner Bach cantata series. Volumes 14 to 18 in a set costing barely more than £4 a disc.

Wait a minute...

It isn't volumes 14 to 18. It's volumes 14 to half way through 18. In other words, if you buy this in place of those volumes you'll be missing cantatas 154, 124 and 32. To get which you'll have to spend pretty well as much again to buy volume 18, thereby duplicating cantatas 63, 191, 65 and 123. Who on earth at SDG thought this was a good idea? Five stars for the performances, one star for the devious cheeseparing which informs the set - average three.
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Sacrifice
Sacrifice
by Karin Alvtegen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.77

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Yes, it is a Shame, 6 Mar 2012
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I don't usually get caught this way but I was careless this time - too keen to see a new Alvtegen after all this time. Could certain publishers explain why they reissue the back catalogue under new titles, if it's for any reason other than to con readers into buying the same book twice?


The Hypnotist
The Hypnotist
by Lars Kepler
Edition: Hardcover

41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bestseller by numbers, 3 July 2011
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Overblown grand guignol, far too loosely plotted and with badly drawn characters. Fashionable "issues" thrown in to convince reviewers that it's saying something important; it isn't. Leaves an overwhelming impression of a literary couple (as the writers apparently are) who realized they weren't making enough out of their good stuff so analysed all the cliches which infest bestsellers and mixed them up to create this. Pity.
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Bach: Goldberg Variations
Bach: Goldberg Variations
Price: £13.25

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Idiosyncratic to good purpose, 12 Nov 2010
I've just (15 minutes ago) returned from hearing Joanna MacGregor play Goldberg live at The Jacqueline Du Pre Music Building in Oxford, and here I am on Amazon to order the recording. Will it work as well on disc? It's certainly idiosyncratic, but, pace the previous reviewer, it works when experienced in the concert hall - not even but especially the sustaining haze through which the reprise of the theme quietly emerges. Not for everyone, and it isn't going to oust Gould, but I wouldn't want to be without it. After the concert MacGregor described the work as "terrifying", and that's how she makes it sound; not a comfortable experience but one that forces you to think.
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