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How the Stock Market Really Works: The Guerilla Investor's Secret Handbook (Financial Times Series)
How the Stock Market Really Works: The Guerilla Investor's Secret Handbook (Financial Times Series)
by Leo Gough
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A straight-forward, honest account of the stock market., 17 Feb. 2012
Before I read this book I was pretty baffled by the stock market. Now, I feel I have more of a grasp of the ins and outs of how it all works. The terminology is clearly explained and there's even a glossary at the back to help. It's a prudent, focussed account for the beginner investor. Well worth a read (although the heading on the back page made me squirm a little). 'This is a book for people who want to make money'... in large font.


Dvorak - String Quartets Op. 106 & 96 "American"
Dvorak - String Quartets Op. 106 & 96 "American"
Price: £13.25

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can see why this was a Recording of the Year!, 17 Feb. 2012
The playing is stunning (and they're not so bad either). The Pavel Haas Quartet is fast becoming my favourite string quartet. Their playing is precise, effortless and technically astounding.


Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Matsuev/Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev)
Shostakovich: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Matsuev/Mariinsky Orchestra/Gergiev)
Price: £8.71

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful, poignant playing by one of the best Russian pianists of this day., 9 Feb. 2012
Denis Matsuev is extraordinary. His playing on this recording is quite exquisite and this recording really highlights his technical prowess as well as his musicality. The Mariinsky never fail to impress. This is a truly exciting recording and the works compliment each other perfectly.


Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 6
Price: £8.38

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible music, played by the best orchestra in the world., 9 Feb. 2012
I'm quickly becoming a huge Nielsen fan. I'm already a massive fan of Sir Colin Davis and the LSO and this recording sums up what is great about this orchestra - it's impressive, powerful, poignant and the sound quality is incredible. I can't wait for the final release which is due out at the end of the year. Definitely the best recording of this music.


Brahms - Symphonies Nos 1 - 4; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink)
Brahms - Symphonies Nos 1 - 4; Double Concerto (LSO, Haitink)
Price: £8.06

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding playing, the LSO are divine, 15 Dec. 2011
Brahms solidified his name as a major player in the classical world with his symphonies and these large scale compositions are perfect examples of the Germanic symphonic tradition. Each symphony is well represented on this collection of discs from the troublesome first, melancholic second, mature third to the exemplary forth. The quality of playing and clarity of sound on this recording are absolutely outstanding, while the soloists add more than their weight in energy of performance.


Handel - Messiah
Handel - Messiah
Price: £12.89

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfection, 15 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Handel - Messiah (Audio CD)
It's hard to imagine another orchestra and chorus coming as close to perfection as the LSO do on this disc. With even tempo, clear articulation and well-mannered dynamics throughout, I imagine Handel himself would have felt his composition was given as fine a treatment as any. The piece itself needs no introduction. If the climax on this recording of the Hallelujah chorus doesn't send chills down your spine while simultaneously uplifting your soul, well, I don't know what will! Absolutely magnificent.


Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (LSO / Haitink)
Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 (LSO / Haitink)
Price: £10.14

6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Precise and passionate - this is Haitink at his best, 21 Nov. 2011
This recording is definitely one of the best classical albums I've bought this year. The four lyrical movements are played with precision and care by the LSO. The brass sound in particular is beautifully rich and warm, hats off to the horn player! The conductor, Bernard Haitink, commands the orchestra and shapes the sound with ease. An absolute pleasure.


Jewels - George Balanchine (Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra/Gergiev) Plus bonus feature [DVD] [2011] [Region 0] [NTSC]
Jewels - George Balanchine (Mariinsky Ballet and Orchestra/Gergiev) Plus bonus feature [DVD] [2011] [Region 0] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Ulyana Lopatkina
Price: £16.37

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy to watch, 12 Oct. 2011
This is quite beautiful. From the cover to the dancing, to the stunning playing by the Mariinsky. For me this is the whole package. The picture quality is superb, this is a joy to watch.


Opera
Opera
Price: £13.25

4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection of songs, 5 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Opera (Audio CD)
This is the perfect guide to soprano opera arias. Netrebko treats the music with care and grace and her tone is fabulous. This would make an ideal addition to your opera collection.


Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Mariinsky Orchestra / Gergiev) [DVD] [NTSC]
Tchaikovsky: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5 & 6 (Mariinsky Orchestra / Gergiev) [DVD] [NTSC]

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful camera work and a thrilling performance by Valery Gergiev and the Mariinsky, 4 Oct. 2011
The perfect partnership - legendary Tchaikovsky conductor Valery Gergiev alongside director Andy Sommer. Sommer's direction is so much more dramatic than the majority of concert DVDs. Each Symphony is lit to suit the mood of the music and the cameras pan across the orchestra with balletic style. We get an up-close-and-personal insight into the facial expressions and movements of the players, which is rare in a concert performance - look out for the principle violinist smiling to himself with enjoyment! Valery Gergiev's intimidating conducting style works wonders with the orchestra, although I'm glad I'm not in their shoes! A truly moving and fascinating account of three of the world's best-loved Russian Symphonies, performed by a truly Russian orchestra.


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