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Gluck: Paride ed Elena
Gluck: Paride ed Elena
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5.0 out of 5 stars An opera not as well known as it deserves, 6 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: Gluck: Paride ed Elena (Audio CD)
Orfeo ed Euridice (1762) is the first and most famous of Gluck's 3 Italian "reform" operas, this is the last (1770) & least known. There is no great difference in quality, interest or beauty between them - but perhaps this has the weaker plot.
However, Paul McCreesh keeps it moving, and Magdelena Kozena sings beautifully and quite powerfully as Paris. The 3 main women have well differentiated voices, Susan Gritton's Elena is lyrical and full toned, while Carolyn Sampson as Amore hints at being - well, delightfully naughty. This is great Gluck.

TP-LINK TL-PA251KIT AV200+ Multi-Streaming Powerline Starter Kit with AC Pass Through (UK Plug Only)
TP-LINK TL-PA251KIT AV200+ Multi-Streaming Powerline Starter Kit with AC Pass Through (UK Plug Only)
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Price: £42.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Why didn't someone get this to market 20 years ago?, 6 Sept. 2013
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It would have saved running all that old category 5 wiring..... I now have a laptop connecting via wireless to a Netgear Wireless router on a pretty awkwardly placed BT socket, and the router connecting to one of these by cable. Elsewhere I have the other TP Link plugged into a surge-protected powerbar, and connecting to an (gigabit0 Ethernet bridge, which links a small cluster of PCs. Obviously I can't get anything above 2 x 100 mbits out of that, and in fact I haven't really measured performance carefully, but those PCs have a perfectly satisfactory Internet connection, much faster and more reliably than the wireless connection that the laptop uses. It seems to cope with the powerbar OK. It is all the same mains circuit, on the same MCB.

Gelcoat Filler - Plastic Padding 165gm Tube
Gelcoat Filler - Plastic Padding 165gm Tube
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for acrylic bath chip repair., 6 Sept. 2013
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I only needed a little, to fix a small chip on a new bath (the tiler probably dropped one!). This did the job, & gave an excellent finish (smooth, seemingly permanent), and was easy to use. However, be aware that the colour is extremely white.
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Biber - Litanies
Biber - Litanies
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5.0 out of 5 stars The "Missa in labore requies" by Muffat is the main work, and a spectacular gem, 6 Sept. 2013
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Muffat (1653-1704) is mostly known for instrumental works such as Sonatas (Armonico Tributo), Concerti grossi, organ works etc. and only this one mass survives. It lasts 40 minutes, (with another 11 minutes of instrumental interludes), and is set for strings, dulcian, theorbo, 2 organs, 13 brass (trumpets, trombones, cornets), timpani and 8 soloists (2 x SATB) / choir. Beautifully performed by Cantus Colln & Concerto Palatino. I recently had the luck to hear it live in Exeter Cathedral performed under the auspices of the Blackdowns Early Music Project, who alerted me to this glorious work. The Biber is great too - the CD is 69 minutes of very lively music.

Fasch - Passio Jesu Christi
Fasch - Passio Jesu Christi
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful shortened version of a "Brockes Passion", 18 Sept. 2011
A slightly younger contemporary of J S Bach, Fasch founded a Collegium Musicum in Leipzig while still a student in 1708. He went on to work at Greiz (where this work as probably composed) and Zerbst. The CD notes suggest that he was asked to apply to succeed Kuhnau at Leipzig, but declined (the job eventually went to Bach).
The poet Brockes produced a highly dramatic version of the Passion story (based on St John's account) which was set by by several composers including Telemann & Handel, and here, in a considerably shortened form, by Fasch. It is in 2 parts, both about 24 minutes long.

This is a good recording of a very worthwhile work: 3 soloists - soprano (Daughter of Zion), tenor (Evangelist), and bass (Jesus) - tell the story and the choir sings 8 Lutheran Chorales that comment on it. The orchestral accompaniment is fairly restrained (mainly strings, no brass).
Fasch is now mainly known through his orchestral works, but judging from this I hope that more of his vocal scores are found, performed and recorded. Passio Jesu Christi compares very well with the works of his more famous contemporaries. In this work Fasch seems stylistically closer to Telemann and Handel than to Bach.
All 3 soloists sing very well: Maria Zadori is probably the best known, but Zoltan Megyesi and Peter Cser as Jesus are thoroughly satisfying. Schola Cantorum Budapestiensis and Capella Savaria maintain the high standard.

The first work on the CD is a 6 movement orchestral suite, performed with energy and grace by Capella Savaria.
Highly Recommended.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars While it works its OK.... Good Amazon refund service, 8 July 2011
It worked fine, and gave the expectable considerable performance boost to my old IBM Thinkpad R50e (memory was raised from 2 x 256Mb to 1.25Gb).

Then, after about 16 weeks began getting "serious system error" and blue screens of death.

The IBM diagnostics package, and swapping the old memory back in, proved a data mis-compare - ie corruption problem on this Komputerbay DIMM.

I guess I was unlucky - but it is generally true that things that are cheap are often not so well quality controlled, and perhaps the incidence of failure is higher on a cheap DIMM compared to one selling at a more standard price.

Amazon were very quick to offer me a refund. Good firm.

Jommelli: Lamentazioni per il Mercoledi santo
Jommelli: Lamentazioni per il Mercoledi santo
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances of 3 Galant Lamentations, 8 Jun. 2011
The first thing to say is that this is a wonderful CD if you like works for soprano and alto (high counter-tenor in this case) and orchestra. The texture flows along from one beautiful passage to another. Interest is maintained throughout. The voices of Gérard Lesne and Véronique Gens combine extremely well.

Settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah for performance in Holy Week were common during the Baroque period, but these Lamentations clearly really belong to a transitional style called the Galant that fits into the period from the later years of J S Bach and Vivaldi through to the early years of Haydn and Mozart. Other composers said to have worked in this style include C P E and J C Bach, Gluck, Hasse and Stamitz.

A Neapolitan, Jomelli (1714 -1774) was primarily an opera composer, whose reforms paralleled those of Gluck. In Italy and France his operatic reputation was probably second only to Hasse. His style is more lyrical and dramatic than those of an earlier generation.

The Lamentations for Wednesday in Holy Week were composed in Rome for the Jubilee year of 1750, and make much more use of the orchestra than those written 50 or 100 years before, but they still seem to me to be restrained and quite meditative. It is perhaps simplistic to say this, but I do not feel they would be out of place in a programme that began with Buxtehude's Membra Jesu nostri and ended with Mozart's Ave Verum Corpus, although they would undoubtedly be the most dramatic of the three works.

In Search Of Beethoven [DVD] [2009]
In Search Of Beethoven [DVD] [2009]
Dvd ~ Phil Grabsky
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Price: £17.99

21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intelligent look at Beethoven the man and musician, 11 July 2009
I saw, over 2 days, both In Search of Mozart & this DVD, In Search of Beethoven. Both are excellent productions, and of the two I think this is perhaps the best, because it is a pretty balanced look at a very difficult - and in many ways a very unfortunate - man, and offers a very decent sample of his music placed in the context of his life.
I haven't see the "extras" DVD, but since I've heard Phil Grabsky talk about the difficulties of producing things like this, including spending 6 months editing down from umpteen hours to less than 2, I think they would be pretty interesting too.

Handel: Complete Organ Concertos
Handel: Complete Organ Concertos
Price: £16.94

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent perfomances at a really low price, 29 April 2008
I've owned sets of these concertos for 30 years, and this one for about 10. They are a constant and unfailing delight, and Simon Preston's performance is very very good.

My Personal Handel Collection
My Personal Handel Collection
Price: £13.18

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent & truly enjoyable singing of well-chosen arias, 23 Feb. 2008
I'm surprised that no-one has reviewed this before: the disc came out in 2003.
Lynne Dawson gives a beautiful and intelligent performance of these Handel arias.
This disc avoids one of the real problems of Handel excerpt albums, which is that they can be curiously indigestible - each number is lovely but collectively it's all too much, with too little variation etc. The other problem with such collections is that the lack of context detracts from the meaning of the songs. To some extent that is unavoidable, but by good arrangement, and intelligent use of 4 short instrumental tracks (sinfonias & ballet movements from operas) performed by the stylish and sensitive Lautten Compagney, Ms Dawson's CD succeeds in holding the interest where others fail.
The other tracks are made up of 7 Italian opera arias, 1 Italian oratorio, 5 English oratorios and 1 English drama (Hercules).
This is one of my favourite Handel collections. I'm glad to see it listed in one of Mr Fitzsimmon's excellent and helpful lists.

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