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Complete Piano Sonatas
Complete Piano Sonatas
Price: £23.53

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete mastery of very difficult music, 2 May 2014
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When Peter Donahoe played all these sonatas on the radio some years ago I recorded all of his performances, which I thought were the best ever,and when I received this disc, I compared those performances with Berman's, with the sheet music in front of me. Although Donahoe's interpretations seemed to me pretty nearly perfect, Berman's were in most respects superior (both performances were technically flawless), and, unlike Donahoe he observed every one of |Prokofiev's minute instructions to the letter. I couldn't recommend this CD more highly


Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Amazing Insights into Nothingness (New Scientist)
Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion, Amazing Insights into Nothingness (New Scientist)
by New Scientist
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting grouping of diverse subject matter, 26 Feb. 2014
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The varied subjects of these essays do to some extent stretch the concept of 'nothing' a little; but every one is interesting. I went through the whole book at a single (very much protracted) sitting. No wonder it reached the best seller lists.


Brahms: Piano Concertos [Stephen Hough, Mark Wigglesworth] [Hyperion: CDA67961]
Brahms: Piano Concertos [Stephen Hough, Mark Wigglesworth] [Hyperion: CDA67961]
Price: £14.25

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitive performances, 26 Feb. 2014
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Stephen Hough's interpretations can sometimes be a little wayward, but not here. These performances breathe the spirit of both the young and the older Brahms, and form a beautifully balanced pair. It goes without saying that the execution of these challenging works is impeccable.


Tales of Hoffmann (Classics)
Tales of Hoffmann (Classics)
by R. J. Hollingdale
Edition: Paperback
Price: £10.99

4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent selection, 26 Feb. 2014
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Some of the best of the many 'tales'. The first of these was used by Hindemith for his opera 'Cardillac', the story of the goldsmith who couldn't bear to part with his creations, and resorted to murder to get them back. Other tales were used by Offenbach. I can't say how good the translation is, not having read these in the original, but the style is a little strange. I wonder how near to the original it is.


Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1
Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 1
Price: £12.80

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A much maligned composition, 26 Feb. 2014
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This performance shows the symphony in a new light - neither bombastic nor over-sentimental. This must surely be the way the composer heard it in his head!


I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
I, Partridge: We Need To Talk About Alan
by Steve Coogan
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A stinker, 15 Jan. 2014
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I had never previously seen or heard Alan Partridge, and after reading this sneering self-important self portrait, I am glad not to have done so. I bought this book on somebody's recommendation, and I wish I hadn't.


Brahms: The Symphonies
Brahms: The Symphonies
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid recording, 15 Jan. 2014
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Everything was right on this recording. For the very first time for me these symphonies really danced instead of plodding. For once the orchestration didn't sound heavy, and the tempi were exactly right for the themes. It was Brahms that I heard, not some conductor's personality superimposed on Brahms.Three cheers for Chailly and the orchestra (and the engineer).


The Great Mathematical Problems
The Great Mathematical Problems
by Ian Stewart
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maths for hobby mathematicians, 11 Nov. 2013
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Beautifully written; no oversimplifying and no condescending, and with the odd touch of wry humour, too. This is not a book for the mathematically underprivileged, though.Although the author puts all his material in the most straightforward way, it isn't all easy going. If you are halfway to a maths or physics degree and find number theory fascinating, this book will be exactly what you want.


The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
The Missing Ink: The Lost Art of Handwriting
by Philip Hensher
Edition: Hardcover

2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing, 25 July 2013
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I was expecting more than a rehash of other current work. It is short on detail and contains little about the act of handwriting itself, compared with hands-on manuals such as the classic Puffin book 'Better Handwriting'.


Jean Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter, The Oceanides Op.73 and Symphony No.2 in D Op.43
Jean Sibelius Pohjola's Daughter, The Oceanides Op.73 and Symphony No.2 in D Op.43
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5.0 out of 5 stars first class performances, 25 July 2013
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This is the best performance of Pohjola's Daughter I have come across, and even The Oceanides has been made to sound convincing. The Second Symphony hasn't quite the tearaway enthusiasm of the old Beecham live recording, but it is a very polished performance, comparable with any I have heard, and beautifully engineered: every instrument can be heard clealy.


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