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Samtliche Grossen Werke F
Samtliche Grossen Werke F
Price: 17.47

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a note of caution on the remastering, 24 May 2012
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I've got all bar one disc of this set in the original separate cd issues which I love. I bought this budget set on the German Decca Eloquence label because I saw that it was remastered and cheap - and might allow me to slim down some of my collection. However, a note of caution, the remastering is done using a technique called AMSI (Ambient Surround Imaging) which has created a slightly more resonant acoustic. However, over sustained listening, I prefer the original damper sound for these recordings as, to my ear, this brings greater focus to the various voices within the counterpoint, with no unintentional blurring of edges. Don't get me wrong, the set is still very nice and a steal at the price - but I prefer the original mastering. Others may prefer this edition, it's a matter of personal preference.

There is no documentation in this edition other than track listings - and these are all in German - but this is, after all, a German edition and very inexpensive.

N.B. The original (more expensive) box set listed on this site as Bach: Solo Keyboard Works (ASIN: B00000IP73) uses the original mastering.

Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classics)
Doctor Zhivago (Vintage Classics)
by Boris Pasternak
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Russian masterpiece, wonderfully translated, 24 Feb 2012
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What a marvellous book and what a marvellous translation. Pevear and Volokhonsky's translations of the Russian masters always connect, draw you in and leave you in awe of the author. (The only complaint I have of this particular edition is the lack of a more thorough list of characters to refer back to, which would help the reader to assimilate these as they step in and out of the action at the start of the novel). But be warned, this is not a book you're meant to breeze through. Pasternak fills the pages with prose and similes, wonderfully translated, which magnificently describe the Russian landscape, atmosphere and surroundings, always reflecting the pace of events and which always place the reader at the very heart of the scene. But take your time to absorb these and the book will live on in your memory, long after the final page has been read. Richard Pevear and Larrisa Volokhonsky's translations of Zhivago's poems at the end of the novel have left me pining for more. It is essential that they now bring their skills to translate the rest of Pasternak's poetry and prose, to allow us non-Russian speakers to more fully experience this master's works.

Boccherini: Cello Concertos
Boccherini: Cello Concertos
Price: 9.99

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful surprise, 28 Aug 2011
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These period performances by Enrico Bronzi and the Accademia i Filarmonici di Verona are a delight from first to last. They are well recorded, in an intimate atmosphere and Bronzi, who conducts from the cello, has beautiful tone and plays with great refinement. These are disciplined performances which are never overplayed and which perfectly capture the subtleties of these classic works by this much neglected Italian master - a contemporary of Haydn. My only complaint would be that the 3 discs come in a double jewel case, when a cardboard box would have taken up much less shelf space. However,that's a minor complaint for such inspiring performances at super bargain price. I will certainly be exploring more works from this composer and will be delighted if any purchases I make match the standard of these recordings. Highly recommended.

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