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Various: Great Singers Live, Margaret Price
Various: Great Singers Live, Margaret Price
Price: £10.01

5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY BREATHTAKING !, 22 Feb. 2015
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Surely one of the greatest sopranos of the 20th Century bar none. This is a CD to be totally treasured. Need I say more?


Dvorak: Requiem [Christiane Libor, Ewa Wolak, Daniel Kirch, Antoni Wit] [Naxos: 8572874-75]
Dvorak: Requiem [Christiane Libor, Ewa Wolak, Daniel Kirch, Antoni Wit] [Naxos: 8572874-75]
Price: £8.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING RECORDING, 13 Feb. 2015
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I hang my head in shame having to admit that this is the first time I have heard this work by Dvorak, much less owned a recording of it. There is nothing like making up for lost time though and I listened to it 3 times in 24 hours, spellbound by this glorious performance and outstandingly engineered recording. If there is one small quibble, it would be the excessive vibrato of the tenor, Daniel Kirch.


The Unknown Known [DVD]
The Unknown Known [DVD]
Dvd ~ Errol Morris
Price: £6.25

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE, 18 Jan. 2015
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This review is from: The Unknown Known [DVD] (DVD)
A MUST see ! It subtly exposes this vain, ruthless, dishonest man who for many years headed up the USA's war machine. One cannot help but come to the conclusion that there are many more with the same dangerous characteristics in every USA Administration.


The Gold Collection - Debussy; Suk; Ravel; Scriabin; Bruckner
The Gold Collection - Debussy; Suk; Ravel; Scriabin; Bruckner
Price: £18.20

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5.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT HESITATE - BUY IT !, 23 Nov. 2014
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A wonderful 4 CD collection and hidden within it, a perfect "brilliant cut diamond" in Michaela Fukacova's breathtaking performance of the Elgar Cello Concerto (even surpassing my benchmark, the Du Pre/Barbirolli recording). One cannot help wondering - was it choice or chance which determined her destiny not to have a glittering career on the world stage Whichever, music lovers have sadly been deprived of any real access to a truly outstanding musician. Other performances of real note are Debussy's 'La Mer', the 6 pieces taken from Ravel's 'Daphnis and Chloe', Suk's Serenade for String Orchestra and the delightful Scriabin Piano Concerto (in spite of the strange tone of the instrument Ohlsson played on). Conclusion ? BUY IT and enjoy !


Tchaikovsky: Roméo et Juliette, Francesca da Rimini, Capricio italien, Overture 1812
Tchaikovsky: Roméo et Juliette, Francesca da Rimini, Capricio italien, Overture 1812
Price: £13.31

5.0 out of 5 stars GORGEOUS MUSIC MAKING !, 18 Nov. 2014
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From the opening bars of the Capriccio Italien, I just knew this was going to be a 5 star buy. Throughout the 2 CDs, Svetlanov and the 2 orchestras give nothing but unadulterated pleasure. An object lesson in how to perform Tchaikovsky. At full price, (a hefty £20), this would be money well spent, but at the hugely discounted prices this is an absolute 'no brainer'.


Rachmaninoff: Orchestral Music
Rachmaninoff: Orchestral Music
Price: £18.20

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO !!!, 15 Nov. 2014
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Quite apart from being an absolute bargain ( 3 CDs for little over a tenner ! ), these are first rate recordings and performances. All concerned give Maestro Slatkin everything he asks and more. A perhaps somewhat neglected conductor, the fact that he can produce performances of this calibre from the St. Louis forces and is apparently now working wonders at 'resurrecting' the Detroit orchestra, speaks highly of his ability and musicality. I cannot imagine anyone being disappointed by these recordings.


Smetana - Ma Vlast
Smetana - Ma Vlast
Price: £14.29

2.0 out of 5 stars VERY DISAPPOINTING, 3 Nov. 2014
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This review is from: Smetana - Ma Vlast (Audio CD)
Made live in only 2010 in the Rudolfinum Concert Hall, Prague (a locale which I know well from attending many concerts and which has good acoustics),the recorded quality is unacceptable. I venture that to avoid audience noise, the orchestra was much too close microphoned thus losing a great deal of 'air' and ambiance.


conducts Shostakovich
conducts Shostakovich
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £15.03

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE, 23 Oct. 2014
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This review is from: conducts Shostakovich (Audio CD)
Superb 9th and 10th with Maestro Rozhdestvensky and his orchestra letting one hear how Shostakovich should be played. Both are surprisingly well recorded live including a couple of delightful 'booboos' in the 9th. Would have given 5 stars to this 3 CD set at an absolutely bargain price from most sellers were it not for the awful recording and scrappy playing of the 7th.


Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe  (DECCA The Originals)
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe (DECCA The Originals)
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Price: £6.78

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ALMOST 5 STARS, 15 Oct. 2014
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I would highly recommend this remastered recording for lovers of this major work by Ravel and admirers of Monteux's art. I remember being enthralled by it some 50 years ago and that remains the case today. The only reason I have marked it down by 1 star is that the recording itself (1959) lacks the acoustic 'space' and pinpoint imaging afforded by modern day technology even though the sound quality is excellent.
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Lavolta DJ Laptop Stand Table Desk Tray with Cooling Pad for DJ Mixer Controller, Turntable Amplifier, Karaoke Machine, CD, MP3, MIDI Player - Blue
Lavolta DJ Laptop Stand Table Desk Tray with Cooling Pad for DJ Mixer Controller, Turntable Amplifier, Karaoke Machine, CD, MP3, MIDI Player - Blue
Offered by Smart Parts UK, Digital Lifestyle Retailer
Price: £25.99

4.0 out of 5 stars ALMOST PERFECT, 12 Oct. 2014
This very cleverly designed stand which allows me to use my PC while laying on a sofa, is exactly what I need after an operation on my spine. I would gladly have given it 5 stars if it had a raised edge to stop any sliding when it is inclined upwards. Well made and stable whatever the configuration of the legs.


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