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Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Main edition
Concise Oxford English Dictionary: Main edition
by Oxford Dictionaries
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £17.00

35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still my preferred dictionary, 3 Nov. 2011
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Having missed the two previous editions of the Concise Oxford I thought it was time for a new one, particularly in the COD's centenary year (a very nice facsimile of the first edition has also just been published). This twelfth edition is a particularly successful one, in terms of design, paper and format and, strangely, I've consulted it more in the few weeks since I've had it than I looked at its predecessor over several years! It is still my preferred dictionary and this edition definitely does not disappoint. The Fowlers would be more than happy with it!


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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very good boot, excellently priced, but why so few sizes?, 7 Sept. 2011
This is a very good boot, and at a very good price; but is available via Amazon in three sizes only: UK 7, 8 and 11, which is extremely disappointing if, like me, your size is not one of these (I'm a 9). So I shall have to look elsewhere ...

The one-star rating is for choice; the boot itself is worth 4 or 5.
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Requiem: (vocal Score) (Faber Edition)
Requiem: (vocal Score) (Faber Edition)
by Peter Sculthorpe
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Didjeridu Requiem, 28 Aug. 2011
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Like so many of Peter Sculthorpe's works, this requiem features that quintessential Australian instrument, the didjeridu (this is the composer's and publisher's favoured spelling, incidentally). There is also a movement based on an Aboriginal lullaby. Sculthorpe is also influenced by plainsong and the unlikely combination of the Australian Outback and Gregorian chant is remarkably effective. The score is a prime example of Faber's beautiful and elegant music printing and a joy to read and own.


Stainer: The Crucifixion (Andrew Kennedy/Neal Davis/Huddersfield Choral Society/Cullen)
Stainer: The Crucifixion (Andrew Kennedy/Neal Davis/Huddersfield Choral Society/Cullen)
Price: £14.97

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite recording, 3 Aug. 2011
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I bought this on the strength of a very good review (by Jeremy Dibble) in The Gramophone, February 2010, but must admit to being rather disappointed. The performance, though good in itself (all the right notes in all the right places), seems to lack impact, colour and definition, compared with recordings by smaller, brighter cathedral or college choirs. And where is the stunning tuba interjection first heard in the organ accompaniment at bar 8 of 'Fling wide the gates'?

I've always believed 'The Crucifixion' to be an unnecessarily underestimated work that gains much from the right sort of performance. This isn't it, I'm afraid, however caring the preparation and execution. The tenor soloist, the excellent Andrew Kennedy, sings beautifully but with not much passion or sheer oomph, such as the role demands.

One of my favourite features, the wonderful hymn tunes that can be so expressive and moving in their dignity (like the chorales in a Bach passion), are performed in a very monochrome, run-of-the-mill manner.

This sort of performance might suit some listeners, but not me. Nor Stainer, I suspect: he wrote it for the choir of St Marylebone Parish Church in London, presumably with the sound of that type of choir in mind. No reason why larger, mixed amateur choirs shouldn't sing it (as has happened for years in Nonconformist chapels, of course - this is where the work was kept alive) but they need to work hard on expression and dynamics - and words!

It's a dramatic piece, not a religious ramble, and conductors must inspire their performers to see it that way.
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Futtock's End [1969] [DVD]
Futtock's End [1969] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ronnie Barker
Offered by Special Interests
Price: £11.84

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still funny - and very clever, 31 July 2011
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This review is from: Futtock's End [1969] [DVD] (DVD)
I was prompted to get this DVD - and rediscover this amusing film - after visiting Grims Dyke, W S Gilbert's former home at Harrow Weald, where most of the action is located. I did not previously know this, so now it has an added interest. Very cleverly conceived and wonderful characterizations by a distinguished cast: Barker, of course, and particularly the late, great Michael Hordern. I think my reaction is different from 30 years ago, when it first appeared on television, but it's still well worth watching.


Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze
Die Sieben letzten Worte unseres Erlösers am Kreuze
by Joseph Haydn
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A clarification, 14 April 2011
A close scrutiny of the illustration shown here indicates that this is a vocal score - not otherwise stated by Amazon. This is important to know because this work also exists as a setting for string quartet. The quartet version does not seem to be available via Amazon but the score number from Henle is HN9771. Henle is just about the most reliable modern publisher of Haydn at the present time.
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Bach - Six Cello Suites
Bach - Six Cello Suites
Offered by sheetmusicmegastore
Price: £7.67

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best edition if you want pure Bach, 18 Mar. 2011
This review is from: Bach - Six Cello Suites
If you want an edition of the Bach Cello Suites with the least editorial interference this is the one to have. (The same can be said for most of Barenreiter's other editions of Bach's works, instrumental, vocal and choral.) Beautifully produced too, particularly the exceptionally clear typography. There may be some interest in having an edition in which an editor or celebrated player has imposed their no doubt perfectly legitimate ideas for bowing, phrasing, dynamics, etc., but the Urtext surely has to be the starting point for any original appreciation of these great works. This is it. (Barenreiter, incidentally, also publishes a facsimile of Bach's original manuscript.)

I've just noticed that my review has for some reason become attached to an edition of the Bach suites from Faber Music. It was originally attached to the Barenreiter edition (the one with the blue cover) - BA320. I know nothing of this Faber edition and my comments do not apply to it!
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Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies: v. 2 (Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain)
Nineteenth-Century British Music Studies: v. 2 (Music in Nineteenth-Century Britain)
by Professor Bennett Zon
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Item never received!, 1 Mar. 2011
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I never did receive this item (which was ordered with Volume 3) because the Amazon agent Transmedia omitted it from the parcel containing Vol. 3 (even though it appeared on the dispatch note) then refused to respond to several e-mails to resolve the matter. Eventually, through the Amazon complaints procedure, I got a refund - but what I really wanted was my book (at the price Transmedia were selling it for). Very, very bad conduct on Transmedia's part, and I hope Amazon has taken them to task over it!


Wrong Sex, Wrong Instrument
Wrong Sex, Wrong Instrument
by Maggie Cotton
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book!, 14 Dec. 2010
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I can only echo all the other reviewers' comments here! This is a wonderful book, extremely well-written and informative as well as hugely entertaining. I remember Maggie Cotton from when I attended CBSO concerts as a schoolboy in the 1960s at the Nottingham Albert Hall.


The Sherlock Holmes Collection Box Set [DVD]
The Sherlock Holmes Collection Box Set [DVD]
Dvd ~ Peter Cushing
Price: £9.00

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A serious piece of miscasting, 14 Dec. 2010
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In this memorable BBC series Holmes was originally played by Douglas Wilmer; Cushing replaced him subsequently, but with Nigel Stock still as Dr Watson. A pity, for Cushing was not really at home in this role whereas Wilmer was absolutely first class and in his own way as good as Jeremy Brett. The BBC has just issued the complete surviving Wilmer/Stock series in the USA - why not here (or Why not here first)? Let's hope they will do this soon. In the meantime, a taste of Wilmer as Holmes can be seen on YouTube.
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