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L'Orfeo
L'Orfeo

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top motch, 28 April 2013
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A very fine performance, although it it is quite difficult these to choose among the many performances. The acoustic and sound quality is excellent, which is particularly welcome with the plucked instruments.

The only thing that really lets this set down is the booklet! The libretto is only translated into french, and the notes are translated into english, but in poor quality. i suppose it is fun trying to work what the instruments are from the italian, like the flauti diritti seems to be a recorder, but what is a flautino alla vigesimaseconda?


Sacred Music
Sacred Music
Price: 19.10

4.0 out of 5 stars A funny mix, 28 April 2013
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I bought this mainly for the Funeral Music and this is on the 1st cd along with some of Purcell's sacred music. All very nicely performed with Clare College Choir and the Baroque Brass of London. The second cd is Michael Chance singing Purcell's songs, and some incidental music from Dioclesian (no not the complete thing!). All very nice, but the second cd just seams like it has had been bits of pieces pulled from an archive somewhere and added to the cd to fill it out for 2 cds. To back up this fact, none of the soloists/performers on the second cd appear on the first cd.

The booklet is quite mean, and only has the libretto. It would have been nice to know who the soloists were on the first cd.

If this had been just the first cd (at a lower price), and a better booklet, then it would have got 5 stars.


Infiniti A4 Blank White CD Label (100)
Infiniti A4 Blank White CD Label (100)
Offered by Global Toners
Price: 4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice, pity about the adware, 28 April 2013
The labels are fine, and if you download the express it cd label software, then you can create the labels fairly easy. There is a bit of faffing around trying to get the setup calibrated. You can do this by printing out the test pages, which is a rectangular boxes on the paper, and you can then match it up to the labels on the sheet and adjust as necessary. However, fortunately once this is done, the values are stored for all labels. This process is not exact, but the printed area is larger than the label, so it does not matter.

The expressit software is free, and downloaded from their site. However, I mark it down to one star as it seems to have installed some adware on my pc. Not very nice, and if it was not for this a much higher mark would be given. They should also have the web page for the software on the packaging.


The Ultimate Guide to the Munros, Volume 4: Cairngorms South
The Ultimate Guide to the Munros, Volume 4: Cairngorms South
by Ralph Storer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 8.77

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This great series continues, 17 Mar 2013
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The other books in this series contained more information and detail than any other guide book to the munros. This book continues along the same theme, with the only noticeable difference is that the book is quite thin! The book is only 135 pages long, compared to the other volumes which are 230 pages long! I guess this is because there are not very many possible route options for some of the Munro next to the A9. The guide book is also the cheapest. One good difference from the other guide books, is that Ralph Storer has started adding talking information (this started in Vol.3, but not in any detail), which is quite useful. Overall I give this book the benefit of the doubt, as it is still the most detailed Munro guide book for the area.


The Munros: Scotland's Highest Mountains: 2014
The Munros: Scotland's Highest Mountains: 2014
by Cameron McNeish
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 5.20

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I am not sure what the fuss is about..., 2 Mar 2013
The book is OK, and I always refer to it when planning routes. However, it does not always provide enough (or even correct) detail, and it rarely provides alternatives. However, at 10 I can't complain too much.


The Ultimate Guide to the Munros, Volume 2: Central Highlands South
The Ultimate Guide to the Munros, Volume 2: Central Highlands South
by Ralph Storer
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.93

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars These guides actually go into detail, 27 Feb 2013
Unlike a lot of other guides to the Munros, these actually go into quite a lot of detail. Over the years I have been caught out on the Munros by some bad step or something that is not mentioned in the guide books. Not in this case. They mention any small problem or difficulty, so you are not caught unaware!


Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
Monteverdi: Vespers of the Blessed Virgin
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Price: 19.52

5.0 out of 5 stars Real drama in this performance, 20 Feb 2013
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There are weaknesses in this performance, but the overall the drama and passion of the music is captured to a high degree. Personally, at times the acoustic is perhaps too reverberant for my liking. The soloists can sometime appear very distant an quiet, as in the duo seraphim. I had to play this track on my laptop as my cheap cd player ran out of volume! Also the choir is too weak to compete against the sackbuts in the sonata sopra.

But any reservations I might have, the piece is fantastically well performed, by the choir, soloists, and the instruments. The piece has much drama and passion although it might not be as clear or well articulated as some other performances.


Monteverdi: Vespers
Monteverdi: Vespers
Price: 26.93

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal., 13 Feb 2013
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It is worth researching the different versions of the Vespers as there is often some doubt and scholarly dispute over exactly what was performed and in what order. In this version of the vespers the two versions of the Motet and the Missa In Illio tempore are included, which is essentially most of Monteverdi's 1610 publication. No antiphons are included, but personally I do not miss them! But also the duo seraphin are sung, rather than played by violins or organs as it seems to be in some versions (sorry can't remember which ones). Everything is also in the 'correct' order.

Generally the solo singing is excellent, nice, crisp and beautifully sung. In particular the du seraphin, which is a a duet then a trio, is exceptional. The choir is full of energy, and large scale. Overall the drama of the piece is caught. My only quibble is that perhaps the acoustic are too reverberant for the large choir, and the words are definitely lost as in the start of Nsi Dominus, but this does no detract from the drama of the piece.

There is also a generous booklet, with full 'libretto' in latin and english.


Contour HD Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Contour HD Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Price: 23.99

1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Battery fine, pity about the camera, 1 Feb 2013
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Also bought the camera on here. The battery is ok, although plastic near the contacts is broken. However, it is a pity the button on the camera fell off after six months, and on here there seems to be absolutely nothing you can do. I had to send the camera back to the USA, and they kindly replaced it. I am only saying this as Amazon is not a good place to buy electrical goods as you don't have any way of returning something that is faulty after 30 days.
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Purcell : The Fairy Queen
Purcell : The Fairy Queen
Price: 9.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A performance full of drama and energy., 1 Feb 2013
This performance comes highly recommended, as it manages to capture the drama of the piece. The soloist make some very fine performances with some real acting behind the singing. For example the scene of the drunken poet is performed with wit and humour. This humour occurs several times through-out the music. The other extreme is also expressed, most notably with Sylvia McNair in "O let me weep". This aria is remarkable, and had me holding back the tears as it was so heart-felt.

The Orchestra is also full of energy, but my only reservation is perhaps the choir, but then I am nit-picking.

Overall, a dramatic and warm performance.


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