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Tatra National Park
Tatra National Park

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mapping the Polish Tatras, 1 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Tatra National Park (Map)
This an excellent 1:25,000 scale map of the whole of the Polish side of the Tatra Mountains with clear printed details,all in colour. It shows the area in 3D relief with contours heights and indicates all the hiking routes, the level of difficulty and the number of hours walking, between any 2 given points, and both the location of mountain huts and cable cars/ski-lifts. There is also information regarding the topography with the forested areas, ridges and mountain terrain and viewpoints, showing up in different colours and indicators. As a guide to walking this area, this one of the best Foreign maps I have seen and compares more than favourably with Ordance Survey maps in the UK, despite it only being titled as a "Tourist map" for the Tatra National Park. I would recommend this map, to anyone considering walking in this part of Poland, as good overview of what to expect in terms of both difficulty and facilities.
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Haydn: Paris Symphonies (Symphonies Hob. 1 82-87) (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Jeanne Lamon) (Tafelmusik: TMK1013CD2)
Haydn: Paris Symphonies (Symphonies Hob. 1 82-87) (Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra / Jeanne Lamon) (Tafelmusik: TMK1013CD2)
Price: £21.93

5.0 out of 5 stars On a Haydn to nothing, perfection, 31 Oct. 2014
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There have been many reviews of this set of Paris symphonies, played by Tafelmusik and conducted by Kurt Weil, over years and I have to agree with all the good ones. The engineering is superb and provides excellent clarity of all the period instruments within the orchestra, the playing is perfection in itself, with all the movements receiving the right amount of rthymn and gravitas as required; result complete enjoyment. I have all of Weil's Haydn symphonies, including his latest set of London symphonies, and at no stage as he ever lost is feeling and understanding for Haydn's compositions as a conductor to my mind. I wait with wait with bated breath for his release of the final 3 symphones of the current London set. This 2 CD Paris set is housed in a eco-friendly digi pack, which is well decorated inside, although I think this type of packaging may not fare so well in time and is my only minor disappointment. This set should be at the top of the list for anyone wishing to buy the Paris Symphonies complete, as these performances to me, set a benchmark which I don't think will be beaten for some years to come. The reissue also comes with a full set of notes derived from the individual discs issued in the past.


Sibelius: Tone-poems
Sibelius: Tone-poems
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £12.83

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensational Sibelius, 13 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Sibelius: Tone-poems (Audio CD)
This set of Sibelius Tone Poems cotains over 200 minutes of great music and wonderfully clear digital recordings from the 1990's. The Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra under the guidance of Neeme Jarvi produce consistantly great intepretations with plenty of atmosphere, drama and nationalistic pride in performances that suit the mood of each tone poem. The tempos chosen also enable you hear these these compositions in the best possible light. Highlights include Finlandia, Luonnotar, Swan of Tuonela, The Bard, Karelia and Night Ride and Sunrise, which also include many excellent individual contributions that add an extra dimension to the superb music making.
In general though, I defy anyone not to find pleasure with any of the poems recorded here, with almost all of Sibelius shorter works included in this set, this is going to be a hard collection to beat. The only alternative purchase could be another DG set which adds the symphonies to the tone poems, but I have not heard any of Jarvi's symphonic cycle to know how good that is.
As usual Amazon's service has been very good, with both the delivery time and packaging being of the highest order.


Winterland
Winterland
Price: £9.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars San Francisco nights, 11 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Winterland (Audio CD)
This latest Hendrix re-issue certainly has far superior sound, when compared to a previous issue entitled "Live at Winterland" and is like being at the front of the audience; whereas the other disc had a more distant sound. In this single disc issue we get 75 minutes highlights from the legendary concerts recorded at the Winterland Theatre, San Francisco concerts in October, 1968. There are 11 songs on offer including, powerful versions of "Fire", "Foxy Lady", "Hey Joe" and " Manic Depression"; extended versions of "Like a Rolling Stone" and "Hear my train a coming" with nicely judged guitar solos. Also included is a jam version of "Sunshine of your love", alongside "Are you experienced" with an extended intro and a fine version of "Little Wing". Finally, "Voodoo Chile" and "Purple Haze" are added to make a great finale to this issue. The sound mix clearly identifies all the band members contributions to each of the songs and shows the original Experience at the peak of it's live performances at this time. The track times for the music tend to include some stage chat Jimi had with the audience and for me seems to hint that he was feeling the strain of the continual touring the band undertook in 1968.
I feel a bit mixed about this new disc, in that songs chosen are slightly less varied, when compared to set list offered on "Live at Winterland"; although I suspect the marketing ploy of offering the complete concerts on 4 disc set has more to offer. The playing of the Experience is very good throughout, although some of Jimi's solos sometimes end earlier than expected and maybe due to tiredness. A very good representation of Hendrix live then, but I still feel that there were better live performances recorded after this time, in particular with the Band of Gypies concerts and the live shows at Berkeley in 1970.


Axis:Bold As Love
Axis:Bold As Love
Price: £10.57

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bold experience, 10 Jan. 2012
This review is from: Axis:Bold As Love (Audio CD)
In this latest reissue, the remastered sound now clearly reveals the equal contributions each member of the Experience made towards the success of this album. I have always admired Mitch Mitchell's drumming throughout this recording, but Noel Redding's bass playing is more evident in the mix this time and shows how he underpinned the majority of the songs here with his flexible rhythms. In the meantime Jimi's guitar playing remains disciplined and focused to serve the song structures, although there is some experimentation in titles like "EXP" and "If 6 was 9", but generally speaking the songs are short and tightly knit compositions. The variety of songs also make it a great album to listen too; with jazz in "Up from the skies", straight rockers in "Spanish Castle Magic" and "Ain't no Telling", there are also ballads in "Little Wing" and "Castles made of Sand" and finally even a pop song with the Redding composition, "She's so fine" (great drumming from Mitch on this number). This was the first Hendrix album I bought back in 1970 and I still find it the most satisfying set of songs the original Jimi Hendrix Experience ever recorded; even more so now with the vastly improved sonics. This Hendrix Family reissue I am reviewing does not include the additional DVD, but after watching the DVD attached to Electric Ladyland reissue, I don't feel it is a great loss; the music contained here is what matters most.


Streetlife Serenade
Streetlife Serenade

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Streetlife slumbers on, 27 July 2011
This review is from: Streetlife Serenade (Audio CD)
A bit of a mixed bag this album, it has some great moments, but not enough to be considered a classic Billy Joel release and the sound quality is only average, which doesn't help. The great songs are Streetlife Serenader and The Entertainer, which Billy often played live. Other good songs are Roberta, Root Beer Rag(a breezy little instrumental), Los Angelenos and Souvenir, which sounds oddly profound: most of the remaining songs sound very average by comparison. As this CD is a straight reissue of the original LP, it still retains that smooth, rather flat sound typical of CBS recordings of the mid seventies and as such loses much in dynamics, I feel sure this record such have been remastered by now, given the amount money Billy Joel must have earned for CBS to date. It maybe one of the less sucessful records of Billy's back catalogue, but that's no reason not to give it a decent modern sound, say like the album Turnstiles received. When the live album Songs from the Attic was released around 1980, Billy said that songs from his early back catalogue deserved better performances, but I do wonder if he also thought that the sound production values of his records, made his songs less exciting to listen to. Don't get me wrong, to quote a lyric from "My Life"; I am a fan of Billy Joel and I have plenty of his later albums, but I just feel somewhat disappointed by this issue. So I will give it 3 stars, for 6 of the songs on the album, but nothing more due to the average sound quality.


Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works
Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works
Price: £7.00

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English music at its best., 22 July 2011
To put together a combination of Vaughan Williams and Sir Adrian Boult can only lead to the most irresistible disc I have ever listened to, which ever orchestra is playing here it is given sure footed guidance by a conductor with English music in his veins. The programme begins with the vocal version of Serenade to Music, which is really serene and beats the instrumental version played by Vernon Handley, by a mile or more, by showing how much the voices add to this piece. There is plenty of atmosphere in both the Norfolk Rhapsody and In the Fen Country, a robustness added to the English Folk Song Suite which makes you remember the tunes long after they have finished. Even the most well known piece Greensleeves is heard afresh in this slightly romantic performance here and finally to finish with a gorgeous version of the Lark Ascending, is like having icing on the cake, a fabulous way to end this programme with one of the best performances of this piece on CD, the violinist Hugh Bean is to be applauded for his most sympathetic performance. The remastering process used has really made all this music so more clearer and vivid to listen, just sample Greensleeves to see what I mean. All in all a great programme of Vaughan Williams's shorter orchestral pieces that shows off his skill as a great composer, who had a strong affinity with East Anglia, it's folk songs and it's landscapes. If you any feeling for English composers then this is a definite must have for your library, I for one would consider it first choice as a Desert Island Disc, as I don't think I could ever tire of listening to any of the works presented here.


Bach: Keyboard Works
Bach: Keyboard Works
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £13.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first class keyboard demostration, 18 May 2011
This review is from: Bach: Keyboard Works (Audio CD)
This recital of J S Bach's solo keyboard works was recorded in Holland in 1995 and as far I can tell is the first recording by Richard Egarr, in the days before his well known parnership with Andrew Manze. The programme consists of 3 substantial pieces, the Partita No 1 BWV825, French suite No 5 BWV816, the Italian Concerto BWV 971 and is filled out with a selection of smaller works like the preludes (BWV 924-928 & BWV 939-943), 2 fugues and 2 sets of minuets, some of which last barely a minute. Most of these shorter pieces were given to both his son WF Bach and is second wife Anna Magdalena, as keyboard exercises to promote the playing skills of the said pupils. There are several well known melodies to found throughout this recital in the movements from both the French Suite and the Italian Concerto for example, as well as the Anna Magdalena minuets. While the Suite and the Concerto make for lively extrovert music, the Partita strikes a more serious tone. At the same time though the preludes and fugues, make for tantilising glimpses of Bach's composing skills; like chips from a carpenter's bench. The collection of works here makes for an interesting and varying recital of different moods and is played with skill and sensitivity by Egarr. The church acoustic in the Utrech is well caught and the harpsichord is not too closely miked, allowing the recording not to be swamped periodically by the thunderous sound of the instrument. If you are looking for a good selection and introduction to J S Bach's solo keyboard works, then I cannot think of a better and inexpensive way to dip your toe in the water. The wonderful playing of Richard Egarr is worth the price of entry alone.


A Rare Conundrum
A Rare Conundrum
Price: £5.50

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bert Jansch at his best, 28 Jan. 2011
This review is from: A Rare Conundrum (Audio CD)
Where do I start with an album like this, a classic yes, good songs yes, great instrumental playing most definitely and a lovely relaxed feel throughout, these words would sum up the album A Rare Conundrum from Bert Jansch. When I first bought the vinyl version on it's original release in 1977, I was immediately struck by the good production values, which provded good clear sound and separation of all the instruments and vocals found here, this new remasterd CD improves all this and still maintains a warm feel to the music. The musical arrangements are simple and Bert is in fine form, whether he is playing guitar or banjo, as on the song Doctor, Doctor. There is also some lovely violin playing on Daybreak and other songs from Mike Piggott with Rod Clements(ex-Lindisfarne), playing bass, guitar or mandolin,while Ralph Mctell (harmonica) appears on 2 tracks. The subject matter of songs varies from death in 1 to a 100, folk clubs as in Daybreak and 3 Chord Trick, American folk song in Pretty Saro and Doctor, Doctor, Irish folk song in The Curragh of Kildare and Poor Mouth and instrumentals like Instrumentaly Irish and St.Fiacre. This CD also includes 3 bonus tracks, of which 3 Dreamers is a great song, while Bert offers an interesting reggae version of the old Gay Davis blues number Candyman. Throughout this album Bert's playing is fluent and smooth and his vocals are as good as they get, there does seem to a joy about the music that suggests how much he must have enjoyed making it. As for favourite songs, too many really, so my advise is take the album as a whole. If you want to hear Bert Jansch's songs, folk song interpretations or simply his lovely guitar playing at it's best, then this is a really good album to start with.


Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6
Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6
Price: £9.61

19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great symphonic cycle, 11 Jan. 2011
This review is from: Nielsen: Symphonies 1-6 (Audio CD)
Having now completed my listening experience of this whole symphonic cycle by Neilsen, I am absolutely pleased with all the performances here on this bargin box set from EMI. These stereo sound recordings were made between 1973 and 1975,sound as good if not better than many a digital recording these days, which is important given the dynamic ranges these symphonies require. The beauty of a set like this, is that you can follow the symphonic developments of Neilsen from his late-Romantic symphonies like 1-3 and onto the later modernist neo-Classical symphonies 4-6, but even so there are still some moments of Dvorakian sunshine, particulary in the first movement of Symphony no 6. The last 3 symphonies also show an increasing use of percussion to add power to the musical arguements to produce music that is both thought provoking and exciting. The symphonies were writtten between 1898 and 1926 with the First World War having an impact on the change of musical direction starting with Symphony 4. There are also 2 short orchestral pieces of which the Bohemiam-Danish Folk Tunes, still shows some Romantic tendancies, even though it was written in 1928. This orchestra and conductor offer great perfomances of all the works here and get close to the heart of the music. In the past on the EMI Forte label there was a double set containing the concertos and other smaller works like Helios and An Imaginary Trip to the Faroe Isles by the same forces, these recordings made around the mid seventies are also worth buying, as the performances are just as good. Thank you again to Amazon and your amazing musical directory, in stocking such worthwhile composer sets like this one and again for offerng a very effective delivery service.


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