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Beethoven: Bagatelles Opp.33, 119 & 126; Für Elise; Rondo in C; Allegretto in C minor; Klavierstück in B flat
Beethoven: Bagatelles Opp.33, 119 & 126; Für Elise; Rondo in C; Allegretto in C minor; Klavierstück in B flat
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful beethoven, 15 Mar 2009
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I have been on the lookout for this recording, partly because Brendel plays Beethoven so well, and partly because some of the bagatelles and the rondo in c were compositions I learnt many years ago. Brendel is such a consummate artist, the simplicity of his playing gives one the impression they are easy to play - not the case if one wishes to play them well! Apart from the sheer pleasure of hearing these piano pieces, this is also a terrific way to brush up on ones piano skills,technique and interpretation - a most positive way to assist ones enjoyment. If you are not a pianist, then sit back and let the melodious sounds wash over you and help you to chill out.
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Arctic Drift
Arctic Drift
by Clive Cussler
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars another cussler cracker, 4 Feb 2009
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yet again, another Cussler book which I found difficult to put down. A topical subject which almost makes you think it is all believable! Also good to see that Dirks twins are being more involved with flesh on their bones. Good triumphs over evil, our heroes battle against immeasurable odds, all in all, a thoroughly good read!


Geordie Roots And Branches
Geordie Roots And Branches

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars modern nostalgia!, 27 May 2008
This review is from: Geordie Roots And Branches (Vinyl)
Combine a Geordie lad with well-known Geordie songs, and you have this wonderful combination of an upbeat version of many favourites; Blaydon Races, Cushy Butterfield etc all played and sung brilliantly by Alan Price. His version of Lambtons Worm is wonderful!
For all Geordies this is a pleasure to listen to and sing along with, and to keep them in touch with their roots and branches as the title suggests. What a terrible shame it is not available on CD


Gilbert & Sullivan: The Sorcerer / The Zoo
Gilbert & Sullivan: The Sorcerer / The Zoo
Offered by Oxfam Bookshop Nantwich
Price: £20.01

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars hidden gem, 20 May 2008
The Sorcerer has been a much neglected opera, so this recording is a real treat. With superb singing from John Reed and Valerie Masterton, it is also a tribute to those great D'Oyly Carte singers who are sadly no longer with us; Donald Adams can never be anything but brilliant,and Alan Styler sounds better than he ever has - very poignant as this recording was made just a few years before his untimely death.
I had not heard The Zoo before, but greatly enjoyed it; Kenneth Sandford as always has such a delightful, expressive voice, and the late Meston Reid was a very fine tenor with a good tone and diction.
This cd is well worth adding to ones G&S collection


The Tudors: The King, The Queen, And The Mistress
The Tudors: The King, The Queen, And The Mistress
by Anne Gracie
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars disservice to history, 31 Dec 2007
What a terrible shambles - nothing can possibly justify this travesty.
I think the title alone is misleading - The Tudors leads one to suppose that it is about ALL the Tudors, not just the early days of Henry VIII.
Having read the other reviews, with which I heartily concur, I cannot bring myself to re-iterate all that has been previously said; however, another faux pas is that whilst Henry and Francois Premier were vying with each other on the Field of the Cloth of Gold (Anne Boleyn was there as a member of the court, but probably not yet Henrys mistress). Katherine of Aragon was Regent in England, dealing with the Battle of Flodden Field where Margaret Tudors husband, James IV was slain, leaving their two sons fatherless.
Also, Wolsey did NOT commit suicide - he was arrested by Henry Percy at Cawood Castle ( an ironic touch, bearing in mind Percys previous association with Anne Boleyn); and on his way south, already a broken and sick man, he died naturally at Leicester.
This travesty of history has brought shame on the author, and cannot be justified in any way - heaven help GCSE and A level students who might have thought this would present history in an informative and palateable way.
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Nothing Whatever to Grumble at
Nothing Whatever to Grumble at
by John Reed
Edition: Paperback
Price: £20.28

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars with feelings of pleasure, 27 Nov 2007
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this long awaited biography of one of the stalwarts of the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company, is a pleasure to read.Narrated by Cynthia Morey, herself a former member of the D'Oyly Carte, ensures a complete understanding and insight into the life led by these singers when the D'Oyly Carte was at its zenith. Apart from an insight into John Reed himself and how he presented his own inimitable style to his well loved roles, anecdotes abound regarding his fellow singers; it is clear they were all members of the D'Oyly Carte family, and the feelings of warmth, compassion and humour are almost tangible. The book leaves one with the feeling that you have actually witnessed a G&S performance, with feelings of pleasure. Above all, it reinforces the opinion that John is not only a tiptop professional of considerable ability, but an extremely nice man - how fortunate some of us are who have witnessed one of his outstanding performances! Thank you John!


Legacy of Dinu Lipatti
Legacy of Dinu Lipatti

21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sheer perfection, 25 Mar 2004
This review is from: Legacy of Dinu Lipatti (Audio CD)
How wonderful it is that these recordings of Dinu Lipatti are now available to a new generation thanks to technical advances.
His mastery is superb; every single note is played perfectly, and his Chopin has such a delicacy of touch.Bach just flows from his fingers and I have never heard the partitas played so well.His technical mastery of the Scarlatti and Mozart is admirable, but all pieces have one thing in common - the indefinable touch of genius and perfection which can move you to tears that only Dinu Lipatti can produce.


Scott
Scott
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip down memory lane, 12 July 2003
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Having played the original LP of Scott 1 till it was unplayable I was intrigued to discover if this cd would rekindle the fond memories I have cherished over the years of the superb baritone of Scott Engel. Yes, it did with a vengeance! Such a wonderful collection of songs with every nuance of Scotts voice and superb diction making you feel the sentiments of each song.
It would be wrong I feel to try and elaborate on this wonderful remastered cd; I can sum it up in two words: SHEER PERFECTION.


Offenbach: Orpheus In The Underworld / La Vie Parisienne / La Belle Helene [Highlights in English]
Offenbach: Orpheus In The Underworld / La Vie Parisienne / La Belle Helene [Highlights in English]

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Offenbach should be more popular, 12 July 2003
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Well, what a truly pleasant surprise this cd was!
The catchiness of Offenbachs melodies -no, I am not referring only to the famous can-can melody which is the most popular reminder of Orpheus - but La Vie Parisienne and La Belle Helene are also full of humour and hummable themes. After all, it was the success of Offenbach which later bore fruit in England with Gilbert & Sullivan composing operettas.
Sadlers Wells have made a wonderful recording here with singing of the highest standard, and it is truly a delight to listen to this superb recording of operettas which perhaps should be more popular than they have been.


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