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What I Learned Today
What I Learned Today
by Rikki Beadle-Blair
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.45

5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and truthful, 19 Jan 2012
This review is from: What I Learned Today (Paperback)
A beautiful and thought provoking book. Expert, but never preachy. Heartfelt, yet not at all mawkish.
It takes you step by step through 365 days of inspiration and beauty. Buy it!!


Kick Off [DVD]
Kick Off [DVD]
Dvd ~ Jay Brown
Price: £6.00

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!, 2 Dec 2011
This review is from: Kick Off [DVD] (DVD)
Brilliant, brave, very funny and yet thought provoking; What more can anyone ask of a movie!
The boys ARE cute and it is well paced. In fact it flew by. The serious topics were handled really well and I would watch it again and again.


Share My Love
Share My Love
Price: £17.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Gloria, 19 July 2010
This review is from: Share My Love (Audio CD)
I can't stop playing this inspirational album. If you like PP Arnold or Madeline Bell...with just a touch of Millie Jackson's bite and a dash of Esther Phillip's zing then grab this album before it becomes a collectors item.... and you have to pay big money for it.


Performance
Performance
Price: £34.99

4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Gospel Esther, 1 July 2010
This review is from: Performance (Audio CD)
A wonderful, gospel tinged album. Esther is blistering form and the production is stunning and varied.


Funny Thing Happened
Funny Thing Happened

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Pseudolus, 30 Aug 2009
This review is from: Funny Thing Happened (Audio CD)
This recording is a real gem. Frankie Howard's timing is wonderous (and his singing is not bad either!). He plays the ananrchy of the slave desperate to be free better than any other. This show cemented Howard's stardom. In some ways he was an unexpected choice. His career had bottomed out by 1962 but his incarnation of Pseudolus became such a popular character and Howard so linked with it in the public's minds it led to the TV show and film spin off "Up Pompeii".
The young lovers are fresh, funny and vulnerable. John Rye is especially imaginative.
Add to this Kenneth Conner of "Carry on" fame and pre Doctor Who Jon Pertwee and a great cast of old British Vaudevillians. The whole cd ripples with energy, personality and the ensemble pops through the speakers at you. Joyous!


Sings Verdi/Trenet/Weill/+
Sings Verdi/Trenet/Weill/+

5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible singing..., 1 Feb 2009
Pollet was a great artist and here is the proof in this live recital from 1996.
She sings a moving Pace, Pace, a thrilling Surabaya Johnny and a touching version of Charles Trenet's La Mer.
The voice is dark, shining, huge and passionate. It is an individual sound. Very much like the great lyric's of the past.
Forget the hype, this whole recital is touched with greatness.
Grab it when you can.


Vissi D'Arte
Vissi D'Arte

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastique!!, 1 Feb 2009
This review is from: Vissi D'Arte (Audio CD)
Pollet's recital offers fresh passioante singing and good characterisation. Always an under-rated artist, this CD delights. The voice is large but supple and dark with shining top notes. Her timbre recalls her compatriot Regine Crespin and Pollet sang many of the same roles early in her career: Elizabeth in Tannhäuser and the Marschallin. The Forza aria is incredible in its supple singing and power.
Buy it before it is gone!


Verdi - Messa da Requiem (Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Von Karajan)
Verdi - Messa da Requiem (Vienna Symphony Orchestra/Von Karajan)
Price: £9.99

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling Requiem, 1 Feb 2009
All soloists on top form and Karajan shapes a superb performance. His reading has orchestral clarity, beauty and youthful drive.
Antonietta Stella was then at the very beginning of her career. She had only debuted three years earlier and offers true Italian squillo and fine, communicative singing. Gedda is superb and in ringing voice.
A real gem.


London Nobody Knows / Les Bicyclettes De Belsize [DVD] [1967]
London Nobody Knows / Les Bicyclettes De Belsize [DVD] [1967]
Dvd ~ Judy Huxtable
Price: £10.34

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A London Lost..., 1 Feb 2009
A really beautiful 1960s documentaary where James Mason takes us through forgotten parts of London. It is witty and sad and most of the locations on the film have now dissapeared. Mason talking to the down and outs in the men's hostel is very moving.
It would be very hard to get a film so poetic financed now! Watch it for a glimpse of a world truly gone. Worth buying.


Elena Suliotis - Operatic Recital
Elena Suliotis - Operatic Recital

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Souliotis Recital...., 12 Oct 2004
Thrilling, dazzling, reckless singing from the young Souliotis. The whole operatic world was thrilling in the early 1960s to Souliotis. She was hailed as the next Callas. It is the stuff of legend that she made her debut at 23 years old as Luisa Miller (the aria sung beautifully with real Verdian thrust and fire on the cd) then only four years later, having sung all the major Verdi roles and killer parts like Norma her voice just disintegrated. Hear her stunning natural talent on this disc. Even today other sopranos sound tame in comparison.
This recital was available for a while on Decca's Grandi Voci label. It was deleted quickly and was very rare and expensive if you could find it second-hand. Buy it now before it is deleted again!
She is a wonderful artist with a sound which is all her own. Souliotis turns on the power and all the cliches fall away...
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