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APOCALYPSE: The Great East Window of York Minster
APOCALYPSE: The Great East Window of York Minster
by Sarah Brown (Author)
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 27 Jan. 2015
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This very recent publication commemorates the completion of the vast work of restoration on the great East window of York Minster; it's the largest stained glass window in the UK. The title of the book is "Apocalypse" because the window includes themes from the Book of Revelation i.e. the Biblical prophecy of the end of the world and Christ's second coming at the end of time. The subject matter is obviously pretty dramatic, and involves a great many scary monsters (see the book's cover). There are altogether a good 300 panels in the window; 81 of them depict the Apocalypse, and the book includes full-page colour reproductions of each of these 81 panels. The stained glass is by John Thornton, the world-renowned early 15th C master whose style is instantly recognizable; his human beings are wide-eyed and have bulbous noses and very curly hair. His work is intensely moving. It's a very beautiful book and worth every penny.


Oxfordshire's Best Churches (Church Guides)
Oxfordshire's Best Churches (Church Guides)
by Richard Wheeler
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £25.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful but impractical., 12 Aug. 2014
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Excellent photos and very thorough coverage. The writing is rather florid, my personal preference is for authors in this sort of field to simply state the facts. And another practical point is that Wheeler gives NO proper indication of the churches' location, other than a very tiny map at the front of the book; normally one gets the Ordnance Survey grid number. The book is more of a work of art than a practical reference work.


Everything Must Go [DVD] (2010)
Everything Must Go [DVD] (2010)
Dvd ~ Will Ferrell
Offered by best_value_entertainment
Price: £2.24

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This DVD does NOT have subtitles! I had gathered ..., 10 July 2014
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This DVD does NOT have subtitles! I had gathered from someone else's review that the Blu Ray lacks subtitles, but because I had seen this film on TV recently, and had been able to record it with subtitles, I assumed the DVD would be OK. Be warned, all Ye Slightly Hard of Hearing!


Mozart: Requiem, Hommage a Chopin [DVD]
Mozart: Requiem, Hommage a Chopin [DVD]
Dvd ~ LANDSHAMER CHRISTINA (soprano)

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new performance of a familiar work., 6 Feb. 2014
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I bought this version and Harnoncourt's at the same time. Herreweghe's was much more to my liking. Both conductors are generally speaking better known as early music experts (and indeed Herreweghe's choir uses the Barenreiter edition of this work). Herreweghe brings to Mozart the same qualities that he brings to Bach: excellent choice of soloists & consistently intelligent tempos. Mozart's Requiem is over-familiar (to me), but this performance nevertheless really refreshed my interrest & carried me away. The work is mostly choral, and the choir is a joy to look at as well as to hear. The recorded sound is excellent. A practical detail: to edit out the liturgical bits (which are in Latin and presumably won't be of interest to most people), click on "Parts of Mozart's Requiem Setting", then on "Play All".


Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty
Offered by DVDMAX-UK
Price: £13.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerising!, 6 Feb. 2014
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I'm not a ballet fan, and I'm not a huge fan of Tchaikovsky's music either. But I happened to run into the Matthew Bourne version of The Sleeping Beauty on TV at Christmas and was instantly fascinated, to the extent that I wanted to watch the whole ballet and therefore bought the DVD. It didn't disappoint. It's the "Gothic" aspect, the evil characters especially, that make this a completely different experience from the usual ballet stuff.


Wood Architecture Now! Vol. 2
Wood Architecture Now! Vol. 2
by Philip Jodidio
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.79

4.0 out of 5 stars It's amazing what architects can achieve with wood., 4 Feb. 2014
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I thought the first volume of Wood Architecture Now! was terrific. Volume 2, as is usual with successive volumes of Taschen series, is slightly less exciting, but it's still very much a revelation what amazing new ways architects come up with when they're dealing with wood. Excellent pictures, nice proportion texts/photos (after all, one buys modern architecture books for the pictures, doesn't one?). Both Taschen and editor Philip Jodidio are quite outstanding in this field.


Bach: Christmas Oratorio [Dorothee Mields, Damien Guillon, Thomas Hobbs] [Euroarts: 2059504] [Blu-ray] [2013]
Bach: Christmas Oratorio [Dorothee Mields, Damien Guillon, Thomas Hobbs] [Euroarts: 2059504] [Blu-ray] [2013]
Dvd ~ Philippe Herreweghe
Price: £28.12

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Herreweghe always comes up trumps., 4 Feb. 2014
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This was the 3rd (& most recent) performance of Bach's Christmas Oratorio that I purchased. I donated the other two to charity after I'd watched this one. Herreweghe is totally reliable. He always picks excellent soloists, his tempos are never silly or extreme, he always uses period instruments, and his choral forces are always decently smallish. No other conductor can touch him when it comes to interpreting JS Bach. And I must say that he brought this (to me) hugely familiar work back to new life for me. Excellent sound, excellent picture. The Blu Ray version is worth the bit of extra money.


Architecture Now! Houses: v. 3
Architecture Now! Houses: v. 3
by Philip Jodidio
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £23.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Taschen architecture books are always first-class, 25 Jun. 2013
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I have a large collection of Taschen architecture books and new volumes never fail to come up to expectations (especially if the editor is Philip Jodidio). The buildings they feature are always truly bang up-to-date modern, and they are frequently stunningly beautiful. Good value for money too. Lots of great photographs, which you want when the subject is architecture, and the texts are to the point.


Local Hero [DVD]
Local Hero [DVD]
Dvd ~ Burt Lancaster
Price: £4.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Go for the digitally re-mastered version!, 26 Feb. 2013
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I have nothing to add to the many brilliant reviews already on Amazon of this absolutely superb film except that it is really important to get the digitally re-mastered version; the picture is FAR superior to the (very poor) picture of the film version recently aired on TV.


Haydn  Complete Music for Solo Keyboard
Haydn Complete Music for Solo Keyboard
Price: £35.31

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling performances on a historically accurate instrument., 20 Mar. 2012
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In my opinion, Haydn's music for (forte)piano is generally badly underrated, especially in comparison to Mozart's. I have long owned the McCabe version of Haydn's complete music for solo keyboard instrument. I'm probably influenced by my harpsichord playing background, but I find both McCabe's instrument and his performances a bit bland. So I wanted a fortepiano performance and also a complete set, because there are FABULOUS works like Haydn's sonata no. 10 which is relatively unknown and you only ever find it on complete versions. Yes I agree with a previous reviewer that at times Brautigam's tempos are overly brisk (this goes especially for the later works), but there are an awful lot of advantages to this set that (to my mind) amply compensate. Brautigam is astoundingly virtuosic and many of his performances are positively thrilling (and make McCabe's version sound dull, even pedestrian, by contrast). As for the criticism that Brautigam's instrument reverberates, that's what a fortepiano is SUPPOSED to do, and in my opinion the instrument is absolutely superb. I decided in the end not to throw out the McCabe version, but I will certainly be listening to Brautigam a lot more frequently. Technically the recording is as much superior to McCabe's as is to be expected, in view of the advances that have been made in this field since the seventies. And finally, the value for money, on the complete Brautigam set, is just unbelievable.
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