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West With The Night (VMC)
West With The Night (VMC)
by Beryl Markham
Edition: Paperback
Price: 7.69

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest set of memoires you will read., 13 Jun 2014
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Fill in the missing links by reading "Straight On Till Morning" by Mary Lovell. Hemingway was right when he said that Beryl Markham wrote better than he could ever aspire to.


Straight On Till Morning: The Life Of Beryl Markham
Straight On Till Morning: The Life Of Beryl Markham
by Mary S. Lovell
Edition: Paperback
Price: 9.59

5.0 out of 5 stars A superb biography of an extraordinary life, 13 Jun 2014
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This biography compliments and adds greatly to Beryl Markham's wonderful "West With The Night". Both are must reads. The amazing reprint history of both (particularly the latter) says it all.


Don Quixote: The Royal Ballet [Blu-ray] [2014]
Don Quixote: The Royal Ballet [Blu-ray] [2014]
Dvd ~ Cast and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Price: 28.17

5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing and chorography out of the top drawer, 8 May 2014
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Everything about this disc is superlative - chorography, sympathetic adaptation of the novel, dancing, production and costumes, orchestral playing, and picture and sound quality.


The Enchanted April
The Enchanted April
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5.0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air, 8 May 2014
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Written in 1922, this enchanting and marvellously written story lifts the spirits with its amusingly light hearted but psychologically acute tale of people brought together by chance, in an Italian castle in April.


Memoirs : Laughing and Dancing Our Way  to the Precipice
Memoirs : Laughing and Dancing Our Way to the Precipice
by Madam De La Tour Du Pin
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Reading this is like being in close touch with a truly wonderful human being., 17 April 2014
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These memoirs were written for her descendants, and never intended for publication. The manuscript was discovered by chance in a drawer, sixty years after her death. Published immediately, it was recognised as one of the finest memoirs in the French language. It has never been out of print in France. An amazing life, brilliantly evoked - an absolute must read, in either French, or in the translation. Also read the biography, published in the UK some years ago, "Dancing to the Precipice by Caroline Moorhead.


Middlemarch
Middlemarch
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of world literature, 17 April 2014
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This review is from: Middlemarch (Kindle Edition)
One of those few books that you don't just read, you live in. After reading it himself, I think it was Turgenev who said he felt like giving up writing, because he could never reach that level.


Mozart: The Marriage Of Figaro [Blu-ray] [2013] [NTSC]
Mozart: The Marriage Of Figaro [Blu-ray] [2013] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Glyndebourne Festival Opera
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: 25.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Blissful!, 29 Sep 2013
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We saw this production at Glyndebourne, with a different cast. Both versions quite outstanding. I gave Glyndebourne top marks on their website, and repeat that here.


Ashton Celebration [Artists of the Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson] [Opus Arte: OABD7128D] [Blu-ray] [2013]
Ashton Celebration [Artists of the Royal Ballet, Emmanuel Plasson] [Opus Arte: OABD7128D] [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Artists of the Royal Ballet
Price: 29.99

2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 29 Sep 2013
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Wonderful performances of wonderful works! Technical quality very good. Sound likewise. Just sit back and drink it all in! Recommended strongly.


Bolshoi Ballet Collection - The Nutcracker [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Bolshoi Ballet Collection - The Nutcracker [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Nina Kaptsova
Price: 29.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bolshoi Nutcracker, 30 Jan 2012
Stage settings, production, dancing, costumes, orchestral performance all excellent. Picture and sound quality also first rate. I would rate the Royal Ballet performance more imaginative, and as good on all other fronts, but this is also a performance to treasure. Get both!


Prokofiev: Peter And Wolf [Blu-ray] [2010]
Prokofiev: Peter And Wolf [Blu-ray] [2010]
Dvd ~ Sergei Polunin
Price: 16.36

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb all round, 19 Nov 2011
An enchanting performance by the Royal Ballet School of Prokoviev's tale for children of all ages - and adults too! Excellent dancing, charming costumes, attractive music, and demonstration quality recording. Go and buy it!


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