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Messa Di Gloria Vocal Score (Belwin Edition)
Messa Di Gloria Vocal Score (Belwin Edition)
by Giacomo Puccini
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.50

5.0 out of 5 stars Just DO IT!, 17 April 2014
If you are in any reasonably competent choir, my advice is: DO THIS BEFORE YOU DIE! Well advanced in years and in choral experience, I'm happy to advise the singing world that this is the most exciting thing I've EVER had the privilege of performing. People talk of the Verdi Requiem as being "operatic" in style.... but that's only because they haven't yet encountered THIS baby. Eternal gratitude to our choral director for selecting it; and will somebody please tell me how to get the "Qui Tollis" out of my head?

Faure: Requiem Op. 48 (version 1892)
Faure: Requiem Op. 48 (version 1892)
Price: £10.09

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely Unusual!, 10 Nov. 2012
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Well! Where to start? I had read the fulsome reviews of previous admiring purchasers, and also have in the past found great pleasure in Herrewege renderings. So I bought it.
Fauré, soon after the original performances, decided the opening Kyrie was too lugubriously slow, and revised it up to the (still majestic) forty beats a minute we're used to. Herrewege doesn't approve of the revision, and second-guesses the composer, slowing it back down (by 25% !) to the snail's pace that Fauré wisely renounced. I can tell you, it makes it darned hard to sing along with!
The rest of the movements are taken at reasonable paces.
However carefully prepared and skilfully crafted the performance, this is a recording. The placing of microphones and mixing of their outputs is crucial to the success of the whole. The Tenor solo in the Kyrie is marked to be sung quietly, but I seek in vain in the score for an instruction to put him behind a thick army blanket, or in another room, which is how the engineers have made him sound.
In too many instances, the balance of sound between the chorus and instruments is pretty eccentric, and that's probably not the conductor's fault.
I'm sure that at the recording session the excellent soprano in the Pie Jesu did not know what was going to happen in the final mix, where the listener might think from time to time that she's gone off for a short break. As she re-emerges from the ocean of orchestra, it transpires that this is merely another little eccentricity on the part of the sound engineers. For goodness' sake, the boys and girls accompany the soloist, not the other way about.
And in the Sanctus, you think you hear in the background an indication that one of the staff has uncharacteristically forgotten to turn off his pager. Then, about the third time it happens, you realise that it's actually the half-drowned violin accompaniment, scraping along on an injudiciously tuned metallic fiddle. It's the violinist's big moment: surely somebody could have lent him a nice violin.
Otherwise it was great.

Sim Master
Sim Master

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is well worth every effort to avoid, 29 July 2011
This review is from: Sim Master (Accessory)
A couple of hours of my life I won't get back again. Whatever else it can do, it can't read a Nokia 6310 O2 SIM card phonebook onto Win Vista or Win 7: the "download from SIM" arrow is greyed out. OK, press the help button: Help is provided via a feature that is no longer available in Vista or 7. So there's no help whatever. The printed manual is the same as the one on the CD, and is also no help whatever. Some folks seem to have had partial, others complete, satisfaction from it. I envy them.

AFK Germany HMS-200T.4N Hand Mixer with bowl * large mixing bowl * automatically driven * 6 speed settings * Power: 200 watts
AFK Germany HMS-200T.4N Hand Mixer with bowl * large mixing bowl * automatically driven * 6 speed settings * Power: 200 watts

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not much good, 23 April 2009
Bought it because it had dough hooks, so you'd think it could mix and knead bread dough. It can't, unless you hold it firmly together. The non-rigid bowl can't be kept in contact with the gearwheel to drive it, as the force of reaction displaces and distorts the bowl enough to slip and eventually strip the gear. After ten minutes of holding it forcefully in engagement to make it work at all, you give up and order a breadmaking machine, which I hope this review will encourage you to do in the first place.

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