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Stradella: Italian Arias
Stradella: Italian Arias
Price: £7.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very much worth listening to., 14 Mar. 2013
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A fascinating collection of lesser-known vocal works, well worth listening to. The three singers make up in expressive qualities for an occasional wobbly intonation. Instrumental accompaniment is subtle and frames the voices beautifully. Good notes and translations, all in all a presentation well up to the usual standards of Brilliant Classics. However, I would have liked to know exactly who is singing on each track. I consider myself a fairly knowledgeable 'amateur' listener, but at times I really cant't tell whether I'm listening to the female soprano or the male countertenor - perhaps a minor quibble but surely of importance to the artists concerned.


The Gift of Rain
The Gift of Rain
Price: £4.31

5.0 out of 5 stars Publisher; better editing please, 11 May 2012
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This review is from: The Gift of Rain (Kindle Edition)
I concur with all the positive things said about this novel, but have one small but I believe relevant criticism. The text needs a deal more careful editing. Many words have unnecessary and annoying hyphens inserted into them, and certain lines of dialogue seem broken up in an illogical way.

Otherwise I was enchanted by this writer's command of expression.


The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection
The Complete Sherlock Holmes Collection
Price: £0.99

28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Difficult text layout, 26 April 2012
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I have no doubts about the quality of these well- known stories. However, I found this particular edition poorly formatted, with many sentences split up across the page in ways that made the text unreadable. Try a slightly higher-priced text that guarantees a readable kindle-adapted format. I opened this text on a transatlantic plane, expecting some pleasant entertainment, and was bitterly disappointed, as well as missing the return deadline!


Caldara: Christmas Cantata (Vaticini di Pace) Sinfonias Nos. 5 & 6
Caldara: Christmas Cantata (Vaticini di Pace) Sinfonias Nos. 5 & 6
Price: £5.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Musical Treasure, 15 Oct. 2011
I was looking through the list of recordings by the Aradia Ensemble and was astonished to find no customer response to this outstanding CD. I have owned and enjoyed this recording for a number of years and listened to it often, especially around Christmas of course. I know the phrase is a bit of a cliche, but this work really is a hidden gem brought brilliantly to life by Kevin Mallon and his talented band of singers and musicians. The libretto's use of allegorical figures to represent various human qualities and virtues is very much of its time but rendered convincing here by the fluency of performance. I highly recommend this CD.


Beethoven: Cello Sonatas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Beethoven: Cello Sonatas 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good performances - but beware, 11 Oct. 2011
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Lovely, heartfelt performances of these works. If, like me, you tend to react against live performances that retain large amounts of audience applause on the disc, then avoid.


Paisiello: La Passione di Gesu Cristo
Paisiello: La Passione di Gesu Cristo
Price: £15.71

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A rewarding experience, 6 Mar. 2006
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Rewarding and moving as a listening experience, this oratorio is much influenced by the opera talents of its composer, whose version of 'The Barber of Seville' was much admired by Mozart. There are full-blooded arias replete with the passion of Christ's sacrifice, interspersed with the kind of meditative recitative one would expect from such a musical genre, contemplating the meaning of the events portrayed. The recording is just a little echoey, perhaps the result of performance in a large hall, which at times helps and at times hinders the quality of the singing, but all the performances are heartfelt and sensitive, especially, for me, Jerzy Mahler singing the part of Joseph of Arimathea. The famous librettist Metastasio is responsible for the Italian words, and the work was commissioned for a grand performance in Warsaw by King Augustus of Poland, which perhaps gives a clue to the passion of the performance here by the Warsaw Sinfonietta and the Polish cast. It's a pity the libretto is only printed in Italian, but it's thoroughly explained in English notes, and at this price I think such a work is a must in any Baroque enthusiast's collection, to stand alongside Caldara's setting of the same subject.


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