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Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1
Chopin: Piano Concerto No.1
Offered by marvelio-uk
Price: £9.64

4.0 out of 5 stars Good performances and great sound, 2 Mar. 2016
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I have to disagree with the reviewers who complain of 'muddy sound'. What? Played in 2 channel mode through high quality (Oppo and Meridian) equipment, the sound struck me as very clear, open and above all unfatiguing, even when played loud. The programme is an interesting one and the performances are satisfying, although my favourite version of the e minor concerto remains the classic Pollini/Kletski one from the early 60s. I have found that some discs and audio formats sound better on some equipment than on others.


Mozart:Don Giovanni [Wiener Philharmoniker] [EUROARTS: BLU RAY] [Blu-ray] [2015]
Mozart:Don Giovanni [Wiener Philharmoniker] [EUROARTS: BLU RAY] [Blu-ray] [2015]
Dvd ~ Mozart
Price: £29.15

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great music and performance but a dodgy production, 7 July 2015
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I have just enjoyed this performance and will no doubt do so again. The singing and acting are excellent, especially D'Arcengelo's Giovanni, the orchestra is the VPO and the blu-ray format gives better sound and image quality than you would expect from a humble DVD. As Zerlina, Nafornitia radiates more than vocal sensuality. But I didn't buy into the production concept. Like so many radical rethinks, the Bechtolf production works at some levels, but it also introduces various incongruities that are most easily avoid by, ummm, setting it in 18th century Spain. The hotel lobby idea might have worked for some scenes, but for all of them? Really? Or was that just laziness? The final Act does not really have a statue, but it has a ghost and lots of devils, which is a bit of an 18th century throwback. Now, here comes a spoiler. Stop reading if you don't want to know how it ends. .... still here? OK, Don Giovanni is dragged down into hell, but in the finale, as the cast sing about him getting his just desserts, he comes back. It is probably his ghost that comes back, and most of the cast cannot see him, but it is a happy and sexy ghost, and sets off at once to chase more tail, in the form of a little chambermaid he had his eye on before. So what the was the point of dragging him down to hell? Where is the moral of the story? Many years ago I saw an American move version of 1984 that had a happy ending, or at least one in which Winston Smith rebels and denounces Big Brother. Some viewers no doubt thought that this was a nice twist. Others thought that it demonstrated a complete lack of understanding. Same applies here, I think.


Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All
Nailed: Ten Christian Myths That Show Jesus Never Existed At All
Price: £3.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This book deserves to be widely read., 26 Oct. 2014
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I am not convinced that the historical evidence Fitzgerald relies upon as proof of Jesus's non-existence, even in the mortal form of a typical failed messiah, fully proves that fact. Proving a negative is almost always hard. He does however prove pretty clearly that the historical evidence is even more feeble, confused and bizarre than many atheists (like me) had supposed, that hearsay, rumour and recycled mystical beliefs had an even greater contribution to it, and that the early history of Christianity and the Church was even more fragmented than is widely known. If there ever was a Jesus (and I will keep an open mind on that) then few people really noticed him at the time. That I think Fitzgerald does succeed in establishing. He does of course make many points that others have made before him, but that is not a criticism. If he did not then we would accuse him of missing the obvious.


LE® Adjustable Focus CREE LED Flashlight, Super Bright, Batteries Included
LE® Adjustable Focus CREE LED Flashlight, Super Bright, Batteries Included
Offered by NEON Mart
Price: £18.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 4 Aug. 2014
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Amazingly bright little torch that thinks it is a searchlight. The adjustable beam can pick out objects at long range or flood your feet in a wide circle of short range light. Or anything in between. A quick twist of the head is all you need to adjust it.


Nicola Hall Virtuoso Guitar Transcriptions
Nicola Hall Virtuoso Guitar Transcriptions
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £12.69

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful playing, 29 Dec. 2013
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Peerless playing from Nicola Hall, on her debut recording, esp the great Bach partita in d minor. But note that the artwork displayed here shows three different covers, and only two of them are associated with this recording. the blue cover is of a very rare concerto disc recorded with the London Mozart players. I found one eventually but had to import it from the USA.

There is another album available still. It is called canciones para guitarra and despite the title the composer is a scot, Billy Cowie. It is on the "Divas" label, Divas 14. A sample can be found on YouTube. Nicola came out of retirement to record it, I believe. very beautiful.


Logitech Fabric Skin (QWERTY) Keyboard Folio for iPad Air - Carbon Black
Logitech Fabric Skin (QWERTY) Keyboard Folio for iPad Air - Carbon Black

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the one to have., 26 Dec. 2013
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I tried two cases before this one. It is light, slimline and user friendly. Paired with the new i-pad without needing a typed in key and the keypad folds away easily under the i-pad when it is not needed. It gives decent levels of protection.

I have had no problem with it switching the i-pad back on after closing (something I have heard may affect some of the other logitech keyboad cases) and with practice one can achieve a decent typing speed that gives it a clear advantage over the built in touch screen keyboard as well as freeing up screen space that the built in keyboard would otherwise obscure.


Plugable USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter (Prolific PL2303HX Rev D Chipset)
Plugable USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter (Prolific PL2303HX Rev D Chipset)
Offered by Plugable Technologies
Price: £16.95

5.0 out of 5 stars worked first time with windows 7, 26 Dec. 2013
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I needed to run a configuration programme on some meridian hi fi and my pc has no rs232 port, so I bought this and used it with a StarTech DB9 RS232 Serial Null Modem Adapter F/F to connect it to the RS232 port on the meridian kit. The prolific comes with a cd to install the drivers and this worked first time with my windows 7 pc. The config job was then done in minutes.

I think this kit can be made to work with a Mac but the meridian config programme does not, so I have not tried it.


Die Walküre: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [Blu-ray] [2013]
Die Walküre: Metropolitan Opera (Levine) [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Robert Lepage
Price: £20.89

5.0 out of 5 stars Great singing, acting, sound and value., 17 Dec. 2013
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25 years ago I paid over twice this price for the four disc Solti CD set. Now I have the whole thing on one high res blu ray. Blu ray is a big advance on DVD video, especially the sound quality. As for the performance and staging I love it, just as the audience so obviously did. What a great night it must have been for those who were there! for once we have a producer whose vision of the staging is one that Wagner might have recognised. No modern dress or hydro-electric dams in site, and all the better for that.


Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition [Peter Breiner, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra] [Naxos Blu-ray Audio: NBD0036] [DVD AUDIO]
Mussorgsky: Pictures At An Exhibition [Peter Breiner, New Zealand Symphony Orchestra] [Naxos Blu-ray Audio: NBD0036] [DVD AUDIO]
Price: £12.68

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars very different, 11 Dec. 2013
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Breiner's orchestration here is very different to anything I have heard before (I am thinking of Ravel, Rimsky-Korsakov and Ashkenazy, as well as the original piano score). That is a good thing on the whole, because it is like hearing the whole thing afresh, even if Ravel's version is perhaps still the one I prefer. There is always room for more and this one is not just different but thoughtful and effective.

Sound quality and performance are good. I listened in stereo on a big high-end Meridian system and it certainly has a wide dynamic range. Make sure the neighbours are out before cranking up the volume for the Hut of Baba Yaga or the Great Gate of Kiev. But the sound still struck me a bit veiled at times.

A good bargain at this price.


George Frideric Handel: Portrait (8 CD boxset)
George Frideric Handel: Portrait (8 CD boxset)
Offered by Idstock
Price: £16.50

0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars is this SACD?, 11 Dec. 2013
found this under SACD classical but beware because the box illustrations do not suggest that it is anything other than red book CD

I have most of these discs already as regular CDs; they are indeed excellent and if that is what you want it is a good value five star box.


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