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Symphony No. 5: Excerpts From The Gadfly
Symphony No. 5: Excerpts From The Gadfly
Offered by RareRecordsLimited
Price: 5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic performance, grossly under-rated, 27 Dec 2010
I guess I need to start by saying that this is my favourite recording of Shostakovich 5th Symphony. I wouldn't claim it's the only way the work can be played, but it has always worked for me. It's essentially a serious-minded performance, one that in no way tries to play down the emotional links with the 4th Symphony, and you come away pretty drained as a result. It was originally issued by Collins and despite the authenticity of the performance and excellent playing from the LSO and a very truthful recording, it was rather over-looked. If you believe, rightly or wrongly, that this is essentially an optimistic work then you are unlikely to respond well to Maxim Shostakovich's performance. If there is a victory by the end of the work, it is one born of great pain and the closing pages are by no means triumphal. At the very modest cost of the new release on Alto, this performance is well worth hearing, as a foil to those conductors who play the work too fast or who choose to underplay the turbulent emotions implicit in much oF the music. If you prefer a fast pace for the finale and a comfortable sense of easy triumph in the coda, look elsewhere.


Haydn: Symphony 94, 96 & 97
Haydn: Symphony 94, 96 & 97
Price: 9.08

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious playing from the Concertgebouw, 5 Dec 2010
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This record contains three very fine performances of Haydn symphonies, from the set of 12 usually dubbed his "London" symphonies - Opp 93-104. Van Beinum was a first class Dutch conductor whose readings are usually selfless in the sense that he sees his task as releasing the music rather than "interpreting" it. The result is fine, natural readings here that bring one close to the spirit of this remarkable, inventive music. The recordings are in vintage Decca mono - which means they are excellent, faithful and musical, but don't expect "hi-fi" sound if you're only used to modern digital recordings. Personally I find the ear adjusts very quickly but I suppose others may react differently. A very welcome addition to the catalogue.


Mahler - Symphony No 9
Mahler - Symphony No 9

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not mainstream, but well worth hearing, 5 Dec 2010
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This review is from: Mahler - Symphony No 9 (Audio CD)
This must have been quite a concert to be at - the BBC orchestra was on top form, and there is palpable re-creative tension running all through this fine performance. The sound is surprisingly good - clear, warm, strong brass, good timpani, just a little two-dimensional perhaps due to close/multi-miking? I suspect most people's reaction today to the conductor Bruno Maderna would be "who?", but he clearly understands Mahler's music and more importantly he has the orchestra with him. I can't add much to what previous reviewers have said, except that I noticed the "pauses" the conductor inserts at key points in the finale but I can't say I found them distracting, while the control of tempo variation seemed quite subtle and effective by and large - again, not distracting. Well worth hearing - not in any way a traditional or mainstream performance but one that clearly was the product of considerable study and thought, very well executed.


Philips HQ7390/17 Williams F1 Mains Rechargeable Shaver
Philips HQ7390/17 Williams F1 Mains Rechargeable Shaver

5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding shave, outstanding value, 27 Nov 2010
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I shaved this morning with my Braun 360 series shaver, which had been cleaned and charged beforehand. Then at noon Amazon delivered my new Philips 7390 shaver....

I tried it straightaway. Not only did it remove much more beard than I expected, my face felt miles smoother afterwards too. The Philips copes far more effectively with throat hair than the Braun. It also gives a much smoother and closer shave on the face, especially the chin.

An excellent product. At Amazon's bargain price, the whole shaver cost hardly any more than 3 replacement cutters too!


5 Star Compatible Inkjet Cartridge Page Life 833pp Black 450pp Colour [for No. 45 78 Hp Sa308ae] [pack 2]
5 Star Compatible Inkjet Cartridge Page Life 833pp Black 450pp Colour [for No. 45 78 Hp Sa308ae] [pack 2]
Offered by Ideal Office Supplies Ltd
Price: 15.53

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good substitute for HP replacements, big saving in price, 26 Nov 2010
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I've used these for some time and haven't really noticed any drop-off in print quality compared with the genuine HP replacements. The end results are comparable in my view. Given these cost a great deal less than the genuine HP ink cartridges, I think they're a very good value option.


1645 Soft Nappa Leather - Travel Pass / Oyster Card Holder (5307 17) - Red
1645 Soft Nappa Leather - Travel Pass / Oyster Card Holder (5307 17) - Red
Offered by Oakgrain Leather
Price: 7.00

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Soft leather, does the job, but will it last?, 26 Nov 2010
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This is a nice wallet, in soft leather. It does the job it was bought for (holding an Oyster Card plus tickets) but I have some doubts as to its durability. Only time will tell so I've deducted 1 star from the maximum rating.
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Munch conducts French Orchestral Works
Munch conducts French Orchestral Works
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: 7.85

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling performance in good sound, 18 Nov 2010
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This is a performance that sounds "right" all the way through. Munch is able to see the finish at the very start and the performance builds momentum as each movement progresses. The recorded sound is excellent. Probably the most convincing performance of the 3rd Symphony that I've ever heard.


GENUINE LEATHER POLO PURSE (TR5) (RED)
GENUINE LEATHER POLO PURSE (TR5) (RED)
Offered by Lambland ltd
Price: 8.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality purse, well made, very nice indeed, 18 Nov 2010
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Glad I resisted the temptation to buy the cheapest. This Visconti coin purse is made from good quality leather and is very nice indeed to handle and use. Cost me a little bit more, but worth it. Looks really good in RED.


Proactive Project File Box 80mm Red
Proactive Project File Box 80mm Red

4.0 out of 5 stars Sturdy box file, a bit hard to put together, but should last well, 12 Nov 2010
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The main reason for only 4 stars is that it takes quite a time and plenty of patience to put these boxes together properly. On the plus side, though, they are sturdy and should stand up to a fair amount of use. Very handy for archiving important papers that you won't need to look at too frequently.


Yoshi Applique City Coin Purse
Yoshi Applique City Coin Purse

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful and fun, 12 Nov 2010
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I got fed up carrying change for parking in a plastic bank coin bag and wanted something a bit more sturdy. This purse meets both requirements. It is big enough to hold plenty of change, and the zip closure means the coins shouldn't escape. The designs are fun - I bought the Tokyo scene which is quite detailed and the colour scheme is nice too. The purse seems to be well made though only time and use will tell how hard-wearing it is.


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