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Philips SHE9000/10 In-Ear Headphones - Black
Philips SHE9000/10 In-Ear Headphones - Black
Offered by Allegro Digital
Price: 24.29

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible sound., 7 Jan 2012
Lots of bass but no real sound. An absolute rip-off. Very scratchy sound quality and no where near as good as the hard-to-find Philips SHE 5920.
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Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 25
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 & 25
Offered by trec002
Price: 9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest., 24 Sep 2006
I read the above review and he was right. The last movement of number 25 sounds like a new piece when played by Kovacevich. Most artists seem to rest on either the virtuosic side or the emotional. It's great to see that Kovacevich can do both. As well as this we get an orchestra that isn't simply there for the sake of the score but plays in perfect co=operation with the soloist. The only down side of this recording like so many other great recordings is that any live performance I know attend will seem extremely drab...


Tchaikovsky - Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 3
Tchaikovsky - Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 3
Price: 5.17

1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy, 27 Feb 2006
1. Piano concerto no.1:- This recording seems OK for the price but it suffers more from the strengths of other budget recordings than it's own weaknesses. It seems at times to be bolder and more exciting than the other naxos recording (with Bernard Glemser) but when compared with the Browning/ Ozawa/ LSO version, it pales as a somewhat boring affair. While this might not be a detailed comment on the recording itself, it reflects the fact that there are simply better budget recordings out there.
2. Pinao concerto no.3 and Andante and Finale:- Compared with the previously mentioned naxos recording of these works, this recording holds up well in the Allegro and finale but suffers terribly from a lack of sensitivity in what should be a very moving Andante. Mikhail pletnev's recording with the philharmonia is preferable for the Allegro with the best recording of the andante being the other naxos version and for the finale it's worth buying it in it's symphonic form as Tchaikovsky's 7th (!) which can be hard to find.


Piano Concerto No.1, Violin Concerto (Ozawa, Lso)
Piano Concerto No.1, Violin Concerto (Ozawa, Lso)

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best recording + best buy, 19 Dec 2005
If this CD cost 3 times the price Iwould still recommend it. However, I am aware that some people have very different tastes to me and I shall try and overcome that problem. If you like 'leisurely playing then this CD is not for you. The piano concerto is loud and brilliant with a brass section like no other. Ozawa is still excellent in leading things through the slower parts and the second movement, but there is a constant sense of excitement and an excellent raport between the LSO and John Browning.
The violin concerto is very similar with gutsy, perhaps slightly scratchy playing from Eric Friedman.
Overall there is a 'live' feel for both these performances even though they are studio recordings.
The sound quality is good and there is a fairly high volume setting (but don't turn your CD player down as this is one of those disks that sounds great at high volumes).


Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 / The Nutcracker Suite
Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.1 / The Nutcracker Suite
Price: 14.97

17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 19 Dec 2005
I've listened to dozens of reecordings of this work and two stand out. One is currently unavailable (browning LSO, Ozawa) and this is the other. It's perhaps the 'safest' choice for this concerto as it combines excellent sound with a sharp and exciting performance. It's hard to describe how excellent it really is but I can say that this recording has been widely acclaimed by a wide range of critics so it's a CD that you can buy in confidence.
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Beethoven: Symphony No. 6- Pastorale / Schubert: Symphony No. 5 (DG The Originals)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6- Pastorale / Schubert: Symphony No. 5 (DG The Originals)
Price: 8.28

9 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but boring, 21 Oct 2005
This is cetainly a finely played account of Beethoven's 6th and the same can be said of Schubert 5. However if your anything like me you will find this CD unbearable. Grammophone recommends this CD saying that Bohm takes a 'leisurely' approach, but for me it's just slopy. If you're new to these works you won't have a problem as there is nothing wrong with the overall standard of the CD. But if you know these works, then stick with Karajan's recording or prepare to spend a long time getting used to Bohm's 'David Davis' style conducting.
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