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The Ultimate Guitar Collection
The Ultimate Guitar Collection
Price: £5.99

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bream At His Best, 5 Jun. 2010
A wonderful mix of English Folk, Spanish & Classical pieces from undoubtedly one of the best guitarists of his generation.


Nikon MB-D10 Battery Pack for D300 & D700
Nikon MB-D10 Battery Pack for D300 & D700
Price: £231.65

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get One Free!, 5 Jun. 2010
If you buy a D700 body during May & June 2010 you can claim a free grip from Nikon!

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The Photographer's Guide to Filters
The Photographer's Guide to Filters
by Lee Frost
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Place To Start Or Continue ..., 19 May 2010
I bought this book in April 2010 after reading a lot of reviews, in what is quite a crowded market place for such material.

I'm a very experienced amateur photographer but, have never used filters & have recently wanted to extend my horizons & enter this new creative world.

Firstly, this book is a menace! I mean this in the most complementary of ways namely, it is such a hard book to put down thus, interfering with all the other things I have to do.

It is superbly written with a clear & approachable style without being too formal or informal. It is really well structured & written by someone who is clearly very experienced in the field. It gives the right amount of "light science" without turning you into a physicist or swithing you off altogether.

Some of the photography is simply breathtaking & there are plenty comparative examples demonstrating what effects can be obtained by the use of filters.

The thing I most like about the book is that it is a distilation of years of experience & packed with useful tips & money saving ideas. The book has already saved its cover price with some simple practical advice & has really stoked my interest in this field.

If there is a weakness with this book, it is the fact that it refers to film photography a fair amount without bridging the "digital gap" in places. I accept there are still film enthusiasts out there but, I imagine the bulk of the audience uses DSLR these days. If this book is ever revised this would be the only area for improvement in my humble opinion.

To the author Lee Frost, I extend my gratitude for putting this work together & hope it brings you the recognition & success you so clearly deserve.


Masterworks: Les chefs-d'oeuvre de Vivaldi
Masterworks: Les chefs-d'oeuvre de Vivaldi

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Place to Start, 17 Jan. 2010
It is fair to say Vivaldi was a prolific composer.

This box set contains a great deal of his material which, provides a great place to start discovering the breadth of Vivaldi's repetoire. One of the most extensive contributors in the set is I Musici (est. 1952) who specialise in the works of Vivaldi & Albinoni. Many of the recordings have been previously released at far greater cost than the collective price of this box set.

Worthy of specific note, in my opinion, are the L'Estro Armonico, Opus 3; La Stravaganza, Opus 4 & La Cetra, Opus 9 which compare very favourably to the Penguin Rosette versions. The Gloria RV589 is sensational with a bit of volume ...

If there is anything to detract from the quality of some of the recordings, it is background "hiss" that appears from time to time.

Notwithstanding this, there are hours & hours of great listening in this 40 CD box set which, at the price is fabulous value for money.

Although, I have awarded 4 stars this box set is highly recommended.


Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies
Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies
Offered by Super Duper
Price: £21.85

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like Tchaikovsky, you'll love this ..., 16 Dec. 2009
This cycle is quite simply superb.

I have a number of Tchaikovsky symphony sets & have had my interest in these symphonies re-ignited by these recordings. Janssons & the Oslo Philharmonic have captured the essence of these great works bringing a wonderful clarity. The Manfred symphony is as good as I've heard in ages & they have thrown in a lovely verion of the Capriccio Italien (Opus 45) to boot.

This box set is a steal.

Well done Mr. Janssons, Oslo Phiharmonic, Chandos & Amazon!


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