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Ojos De Brujo - Girando Bari 2005 [DVD]
Ojos De Brujo - Girando Bari 2005 [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ojos De Brujo
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible, 14 May 2010
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The music of Ojos de Brujo is a fascinating mix of flamenco, hiphop, and jazz. The group consists of a large percussion section, flamenco players, several singers, and a DJ. They are all incredibly good musicians, and together they are just fantastic.

Girando Bari is a DVD of several performances in the period 2003 to 2005, although one may get the impression that it is really a single performance in Barcelona. The DVD let's you hear not only the music, but shows also the light show. Some people might find the collation of different performance a bit confusing, because the members of the group seem to change their clothes and hair styles constantly. It made the DVD only more interesting for me, and it seemed only to help bring forth more the dynamism of the group.

There is also a CD called Bari that contains the same pieces. My impression is that they are recorded in a studio, however, and sound a bit flat compared to the version on the DVD.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Where is the score?, 14 May 2010
This is a book for the advanced guitar player. It discusses the fine points of interpretation of Villa-Lobos's studies for classical guitar. It also has extensive discussions of the fingering, which are very valuable if you want to avoid these ugly squeaks that so often accompany classical guitar music. One very big shortcoming of the book in my opinion is that it does not contain the score of the pieces it discusses. You have to buy that separately.


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3.0 out of 5 stars Pity that there is no score, 14 May 2010
This is a book for the advanced guitar player. It discusses the fine points of interpretation of Villa-Lobos's preludes and his Choro no.1. It also has extensive discussions of the fingering, which are very valuable if you want to avoid these ugly squeaks that so often accompany classical guitar music. One very big shortcoming of the book in my opinion is that it does not contain the score of the pieces it discusses. You have to buy that separately.


13 Easy Brazilian Choros for Solo Guitar (Mel Bay Presents)
13 Easy Brazilian Choros for Solo Guitar (Mel Bay Presents)
by Carlos Almada
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable and not too difficult, 14 May 2010
This book contains 13 short but very enjoyable choros for the intermediate guitar player. There is a choro in each of the seven most common major and six most common minor keys. Each choro is given in normal music notation and in tabulature. An introduction explains the characteristics of a choro, and points out what to pay attention to when playing. A CD enables you to hear how they should sound. If you are interested in Brazilian guitar music, then this is a book that is well-worth having.


A World Without Bees
A World Without Bees
by Alison Benjamin
Edition: Paperback

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but maybe a little over the top, 14 May 2010
This review is from: A World Without Bees (Paperback)
I found this a fascinating book that teaches you a lot about bees. It is amazing how important these little animals are. The large reduction of their numbers therefore certainly deserves more attention than it has received so far. I am not sure however just how bad things are. After reading the book I have started looking at articles about the topic in popular science magazines. My impression is that it is a bit premature to talk about a catastrophe as is done on the cover. Maybe this was done to boost sales figures. Nevertheless I very interesting and well written book.


Make Your Harmonica Work Better
Make Your Harmonica Work Better
by Douglas Tate
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.95

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure about reliability, 14 May 2010
This is the most extensive manual on maintaining a chromatic harmonica. Other reviewers have already pointed out the unfortunate cover that shows the wrong sort of harmonica. Fortunately, the contents seems much better. My experience is restricted to tuning and replacing reeds and wind savers. I am not sure that I trusts the part on tuning however. It says that a flag reed can be tuned by filing off a little weight. According to the Mel Bay Harmonicare Chart filing off something near the rivet lowers to tone. This makes sense, but it is the opposite of what you want. So one star off for the cover and one for the part on the tuning.


Wake
Wake
by Robert J. Sawyer
Edition: Paperback

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 May 2010
This review is from: Wake (Paperback)
Unfortunately, this is Robert Sawyer's book that I like least. The reason why I like his other books is that he takes an idea or event, and then describes its consequences for society and individuals. The idea or event is generally reasonably plausible, and the consequences are quite logical. This makes his books not some wild fantasy, but quite believable. "Wake" has a much narrower scope. It is mainly about one teenage girl, who discovers a new intelligence via the internet. The consequences of this for society don't play a role in the book, and there is very little of what it means for others than Caitlin Decter. I find that a pity. I also find the character of Caitlin Decter not very interesting. Compared to the main characters in his other books, she is much less interesting. Maybe this is because she is a teenager and has much less personal history, but that is neither here nor there.


Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician
by Christoph Wolff
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Little discussion of musical aspects, 13 May 2010
This is a biography that I don't understand. I like Bach's music, but there is hardly any information on what makes his music great in this book. Sure, you can find information when, where, and for who or what he wrote which piece, but that seems to me the least interesting aspect of his music. There are only 14 pages with music examples, and very little discussion of them. It is like writing a biography of a politician without discussing his political views. On the other hand there is a lot of information on his family, the places he has lived, and the jobs he has held. There is also a lot on how others regarded his music. So if you are interested in these things, this is a very good book. But if you are interested mainly in his music, like I am, then don't buy this book.
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Carl Friedrich Gauss: Titan of Science (Spectrum)
Carl Friedrich Gauss: Titan of Science (Spectrum)
by G. Waldo Dunnington
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £36.99

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The most important information is missing, 13 May 2010
This is a biography that I don't understand. It seems to me that what makes Gauss interesting is his work. Unfortunately, the book contains hardly any mathematics. Only at the end, between pages 450 and 500, where Gauss's mathematical diary is discussed, is there any mathematics. Instead there is a lot of information on family members, positions that Gauss has held, and the little bit of travelling that he has done. This is all not very interesting. Why doesn't the author discuss his work, the relation with the work of contemporary mathematicians, and why his mathematics was so revolutionary? It like writing a biography of a politician without discussing his political views.
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Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art
Origami Design Secrets: Mathematical Methods for an Ancient Art
by Robert J. Lang
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Even interesting if you don't have a lot of experience, 13 May 2010
This book is for people who aim to become experts in modern origami. It consists of alternating discussions of mathematical aspects of origami design and folding instructions of models in which these aspects are used. The book starts with very basic things like the valley and mountain fold, and with an explanation of the symbols and notations that are used in the instructions on how to make the models. The going very rapidly gets tough however, and to benefit from it requires a lot of study and hard work. On the other hand, just browsing through the book and getting an impression of what is possible in origami makes the book well worth the money.


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