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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 13 Dec. 2015
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New Anglican Hymns: Old and New
New Anglican Hymns: Old and New
by Geoffrey Moore
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £24.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good job I have a device to keep it gently ..., 26 Aug. 2015
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The paper is thinner than previously, and it still won't stay open on the music stand. Good job I have a device to keep it gently open, or it would fall apart like the last one.


Dry Clean Stain Remover Spray 100ml
Dry Clean Stain Remover Spray 100ml
Offered by The Quilted Bear Ltd
Price: £4.98

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 May 2015
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Yes, works very well and does what it says on the tin.


7Piece 100% Pure Silk Cavenagh London Ties Made In UK (249D)
7Piece 100% Pure Silk Cavenagh London Ties Made In UK (249D)

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 17 May 2015
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Excellent, 7 ties for the price of dry cleaning a couple. No complaints here. Unbelievable value for money.


Prestige Cartridge C1700 Toner Cartridge Compatible with Epson AcuLaser C1700/C1750/CX17 1 black
Prestige Cartridge C1700 Toner Cartridge Compatible with Epson AcuLaser C1700/C1750/CX17 1 black
Price: £8.90

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 April 2015
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Excellent, no complaints, and seems full. Installed easily.


[Russian Orthodox Chant] Gretchaninov: Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom No. 4
[Russian Orthodox Chant] Gretchaninov: Liturgy Of St. John Chrysostom No. 4
Price: £7.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it, 23 April 2015
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I love this, less operatic than Rachmaninov's vespers, but very soulful and so Russian.


Poems
Poems
by C. S. Lewis
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 23 April 2015
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Wow, what a find!


Anglican Hymns Old and New: Full Music
Anglican Hymns Old and New: Full Music
by Kevin Mayhew
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Not robust enough, 23 April 2015
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A good comprehensive collection, though with some odd omissions (haven't they all?) but the full music edition is not robust enough for organists' use in my view. I bought mine about four years ago. Admittedly, it's been used and flipped though it week after week. The back soon started to fall off so I covered it with library film. Then, a week ago it literally fell in half. Possibly using paper clips and rubber bands to keep it open on the music stand contributed, but it won't stay open without them. Not very practical. My Complete Mission Praise, which is at least as big, and which I've used for considerably longer, is still in good condition. It also stays open more easily on the music stand.


Stanford: Piano Concerto No. 2
Stanford: Piano Concerto No. 2
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Price: £20.04

5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate Romantic piano concerto, 16 Feb. 2015
There has been much loose criticism of this concerto. I remember reading that "Stanford heard Rachmaninov's second, went home, and wrote one just like it". Well yes, you can hear that influence in the first movement but you soon forget about it, and I think the similarities have been massively overstated. Let's not forget that Grieg's piano concerto is more-or-less Schumann's second, absolutely modelled on the Schumann concerto, and no one thinks the less of Grieg for that. And what about all Wagner's copyists? So Stanford's concerto too should be judged on its own merits.
This is a powerful and well written concerto (and there aren't many good British ones). Those familiar with Stanford's other works will find plenty of his fingerprints, including his idiomatic and excellent brass writing. What an superb orchestrator he was! There is an overall British ruggedness to it, which I often hear in Stanford's music. He does have his own "sound" despite what his detractors say, and to my ears the last movement has a distinctly Irish feel to it, reminiscent of the third and fifth symphonies.
I would recommend this to anyone who likes Romantic piano concertos. This is a full-blooded work full of good tunes, colour, and dash. There's nothing weak or watery about it at all, and I'm sure that if it were more widely heard, it would win many admirers.
Give it a go!


Elgar: The Starlight Express (The Starlight Express) (Elin Manahan Thomas; Roderick Williams; Simon Callow; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis) (Chandos: CHSA 5111(2))
Elgar: The Starlight Express (The Starlight Express) (Elin Manahan Thomas; Roderick Williams; Simon Callow; Scottish Chamber Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis) (Chandos: CHSA 5111(2))
Price: £18.28

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5.0 out of 5 stars The best solution, 18 Oct. 2014
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Yes, five stars for effort, for the Startlight Express music has always been problematic. The problems are: (1) how can you put it into a context that gives the listener a taste of the original? (2) How can you project it as a concert work without sacrificing so much of the music (as the usual suite of songs does, excellent though it is)?

This production is surely the best attempt yet to solve these problems. The play was considered tedious and overlong when it was first produced in 1915, though Elgar's music was praised, so the idea of cutting it down to a narrative which retains the flavour of the original without overburdening the music seems to me the only workable solution. Yes, the story and the language are dated, but I think Andrew Davis was much wiser to retain this than to try to modernise it. I do not believe that a modernised narrative would have worked at all.

The extended suite gives us nearly all the music as a concert work, and what delightful music it is!

This is surely the best attempt yet to bring the music out of the shadows and make the most of it. I for one am glad I bought it.


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