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Mozart: Piano Concertos [Sergiu Celibidache, Norbert Buse] [Arthaus: 101673] [DVD] [NTSC] [2013]
Mozart: Piano Concertos [Sergiu Celibidache, Norbert Buse] [Arthaus: 101673] [DVD] [NTSC] [2013]
Dvd ~ Friedrich Gulda
Price: 19.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!, 4 Dec 2013
These are indeed delightful performances, excellent orchestral playing (no wonder) and gorgeous piano playing. They have been previously released (I got a DVD 10 years ago on a very cheap label) but that doesn't change their quality! You experience the charm of Gulda, very relaxed and yet very serious when it comes to the playing.

I'm not sure why Celibidache is quoted in the product description line - it was his orchestra at the time (explaining its exceptional level of playing) but he didn't conduct these performances, Gulda did that himself.

Very highly recommended!


Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great modern Ring at amazing price, 30 July 2013
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This recent Bayreuth Ring sounds wonderful and has some great singing and conducting. The current price for the mp3 version is outstanding and makes the purchase a non-brainer. As a more expensive disk set I'm not sure if this would be my first choice, given the stiff competition on the "Ring market".


Wagner: Great Opera Box
Wagner: Great Opera Box
Price: 40.62

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful performances at bargain price, 30 July 2013
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This review is from: Wagner: Great Opera Box (Audio CD)
This box contains some wonderful performances and is being sold at a bargain price. It's worth every penny. The Tannhäuser is outstanding, the Ring with Sawallisch a really great addition to any existing collection of Rings. All other performances are wonderful to outstanding. A non-brainer to Wagner fans, even if you have many of the operas in other performances already. I have about half a dozen performances of most Wagner operas in my library, and yet this box gave me a wonderful new perspective on them.


Wagner: Operatic Highlights; R. Strauss: Tone Poems
Wagner: Operatic Highlights; R. Strauss: Tone Poems
Price: 12.49

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A gem, 30 May 2013
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A wonderful set of performances of key works by Wagner (including a full Act 1 of Walkure) and Strauss. Musically these are very interesting and well played. At the same time the set includes some of the less commonly performed works, including the wonderful Rienzi overture. The Strauss tone poems are exquisite as well, and the whole set is a must have for music lovers at a bargain price.


Playmobil 4865 Lion Knight's Empire Castle
Playmobil 4865 Lion Knight's Empire Castle
Offered by Prestwich Trading Ltd
Price: 129.50

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Endless fun for many children, 13 Jan 2013
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This castle is enormous but a lot of fun. Our son (5 years) loves Playmobil and has a lot of patience in setting things up, details of the Knight's uniform, the table with meal, plates, glasses, the treasure, etc. - it takes that kind of child to enjoy this castle. If your child doesn't like to "fiddle with details" I wouldn't recommend it.

The initial assembly is time consuming (half a day for sure) and needs proper thought and planning. As always with Playmobil most time is spent looking for a part, so one needs space to spread things out (and not open all the bags at once!!). An older child (>10 yrs) or adult should assist a smaller child, at times one needs physical strength beyond that of a 5-7 year old to press two parts together, and at times I found that I had to take our son out of the room for half an hour to cool down his emotions.

The quality of the plastic and the attention to detail are phenomenal, as so often with Playmobil, and I can only warmly recommend this castle - but do make a critical assessment of whether your child has the patience for this, not all children do (and there's nothing wrong in that, but those children will enjoy this castle less than others).


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for Toy Story fans, 30 Jun 2012
= Durability:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:5.0 out of 5 stars 
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This is a very nice Lego set for Toy Story fans, a nice small building set of the little green aliens with their spacecraft. The aliens have a funny attraction to small kids, I gave it to my son and his friend (both 4 years old) and they both for weeks held the aliens in their hands, they were so proud of them. The spacecraft is easy to build, only a few steps/ I can only recommend this building set, it's small and cheap, a very good in-between gift.


Toy Story Talking Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger, Pixar Toy Story Collection (discontinued by manufacturer)
Toy Story Talking Buzz Lightyear Space Ranger, Pixar Toy Story Collection (discontinued by manufacturer)

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful toy, 25 May 2012
= Durability:4.0 out of 5 stars  = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars  = Educational:3.0 out of 5 stars 
This is a great toy and lots of fun. Probably the best Buzz Lightyear around, judging from what I've seen in stores. It's remarkably durable, the wings detach if you hit them too hard, so they don't break off and you can easily attach them again (perhaps this is a little complicated to do by themselves for the smallest kids). The toy is remarkably heavy, so there is a non-negligible risk of it damaging other objects if it's swung around and hits something. Still, highly recommended for any Buzz fan (not under 4 in my view)!!


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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent headphone but poor build quality, 1 Mar 2012
This headphone is extremely good in many respects - ideal for iPhone use since it holds well in the ears, sound quality is extremely good and mature and the mic and remote are extremely handy and work like a charm.

Well, that is - until after a while you begin to see the cable not being what it used to. The cable material is not very good quality and after a while you begin to see little cracks in the cable which eventually increase. My set is 1 year old now and while it still works as a headphone most of the time, the mic is gone and the remote doesn't work either. The cable has cracked in many places. I am careful with the headphone and treat it with great care, but this is poor build quality, amongst the worst I have seen.

So, a shame really, I love the headphone and wish it were better build quality.


Klaus Tennstedt: The Complete Mahler Recordings
Klaus Tennstedt: The Complete Mahler Recordings
Price: 33.53

51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 21 Oct 2011
Having a vast Mahler collection already with at least 5 full symphony cycles plus numerous individual recordings I didn't really need one more, but apart from Symphony No. 4 I had never heard Tennstedt in Mahler, so I was curious and obtained this set at the absolute bargain price that it is sold for now. Every symphony on this set is a special event! They really come alive, it's impossible to describe in words, but they really "lift off" with Tennstedt. I have heard so many new details with these recordings, he is a master of clearly distinguishing between which instrument has the leading voice and which doesn't, so it's not all played in forte or mezzoforte as with so many conductors, but there are so many fine nuances in this finely woven carpet of sounds. The tempi are excellent, allowing the rich orchestration to really shine when needed but also playing down those passages which have little musical material. Symphonies 5, 6 & 7 are especially beautiful. In No. 5 the Adagietto - surely an over-played piece - finally comes alive like I have never heard it before! It's slow, but so wonderfully phrased, it becomes the centre of gravity for the whole symphony. The finale is swift and light, not the heavy and loud beast that it's usually played as. And rightly so, the content is lighter and his way of playing perfectly fits to the slow Adagietto. So, finally Mahler is played in a truly symphonic way, the music develops, there is a true construction of the musical material, one phrase building on another.

This one is a no-brainer, get it for a very special experience! I'd probably go as far as saying that if you ever wanted one cycle only, this would be it. (Well, apart maybe from adding Symphony No. 9 with Bernstein and the Berlin Philharmonic, which is a class of its own.) This is far better than the already excellent Rattle/Birmingham cycle or Rattle's latest instalments with the Berlin Philharmonic. They are worlds apart and I'd give Tennstedt my preference.
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