Profile for Davide Levi > Reviews

Personal Profile

Content by Davide Levi
Top Reviewer Ranking: 545,205
Helpful Votes: 2

Learn more about Your Profile.

Reviews Written by
Davide Levi

Show:  
Page: 1
pixel
Bach: Goldberg Variations [Grigory Sokolov] [Melodia: MELCD 1002049]
Bach: Goldberg Variations [Grigory Sokolov] [Melodia: MELCD 1002049]
Price: £16.28

3.0 out of 5 stars Lovely playing, marred by horrible sound, 6 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The variations are played just as I would have expected Sokolov to play them. Different and - to me - entrancing. Not "the best", but just as I would not call Gould or Perahia "the best".

They are most definitely not _recorded_ they way I would have expected a competent sound engineer to record them, even in 1976 and even at a live performance. The coughs and shuffles I can forgive 1000 times; a piano sound that seems to have come out of a 1920s crystal radio I cannot.

The fact that I have listened to the Goldbergs at least 10 times since buying the record tells you how much I actually like the playing. I just have to imagine I'm listening to muzak from a (small) lift speaker.

The other two recordings are much better in quality, and retain Sokolov's style. I like the BWV826 Partita in c minor more than the English Suite No 2, but that's just me. Incidentally, this is the only piece that also appears in the Sokolov "Complete Recordings" set.


Complete Recordings
Complete Recordings
Offered by Edealcity
Price: £35.65

3.0 out of 5 stars A very mixed bag - but who can complain at this price?, 6 April 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Complete Recordings (Audio CD)
Let's start from the misleading title: "Complete Recording" to me means "everything that was recorded by a certain performer or an opera omnia by composer". The publisher - not the vendor: the title is printed everywhere - has decided that "Complete Recording" means that anything where a piece is played in its entirety is a "complete recording", thus a set with many of these is correctly defined as "Complete Recordings". Let me state this again: this is by no means a complete set of everything that Grigory Sokolov has recorded - not even a complete recording of everything that he played from a particular composer.

This said, some of the (complete?) recordings are actually very well recorded despite the live concert setting; others suffer in greater or lesser measure from audience noise, poor equalisation and dynamics and odd ambiance. All the playing is superb, without exception - if you like Sokolov and his eccentricities. If you don't... why are you even reading this? I particularly enjoyed the interpretations of the Diabelli variations (well, most of them anyway), the D894 Sonata in G major and the BWV826 Partita in C minor.

One final oddity that annoyed me: the two Schubert sonatas are on two separate discs in a "wide" (4-CD) set. Total playing time: 82:08. I know it doesn't fit on one disc - just - but at least could Naive use a slim case double, as for they did for the Chopin records?

In all a very quirky set, totally suitable for Sokolov, at a price that almost makes Naxos seem expensive. Some gems, but they take effort to find.


FACETING HISTORY: CUTTING DIAMONDS AND COLORED STONES
FACETING HISTORY: CUTTING DIAMONDS AND COLORED STONES
by Glenn Klein
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.84

2.0 out of 5 stars Very basic and not sufficiently detailed, 3 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
Disappointing. A lot of very basic information - easily found through wikipedia - but sorely lacking on the details of types of cuts, faceting designs and how they have changed and evolved through time.


B + W Filter 49mm UV Filter With Multi Resistant Coating
B + W Filter 49mm UV Filter With Multi Resistant Coating
Price: £30.00

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent optical quality, 3 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The filter is completely neutral (except for UV, of course), it does not distort, it is easy to clean (and reasonably smudge resistant in the first place) and easy to install/remove. Not the cheapest, but very much worth the money.


Photographer's Guide to the Fujifilm X100S
Photographer's Guide to the Fujifilm X100S
Price: £4.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Clear and well illustrated - but not for "advanced" (?) photographers, 3 Feb 2014
The book is comprehensive, well written and illustrated, and although it contains some factual errors (e.g. the ND filter is a physical, glass ND filter, not a virtual/software-enacted one) it's useful to get an orientation on the camera and a good review of each setting/option available.

It's a bit like having a friend who has read the manual, has experimented with the camera and is there to explain to you how to use it in a "mechanical" sense. From that point of view, it's an excellent tool for a beginner: much easier to find your way around and understand what the impact of settings is than reading things through the manual.

If on the other hand you are looking for something to explore some of the more creative/sophisticated possibilities of the X100S, or its limitations and possible workarounds, you are likely (like me) to be disappointed.


JJC LH-JX100 Lens Adapter and Hood for Fujifilm Finepix X100, X100s
JJC LH-JX100 Lens Adapter and Hood for Fujifilm Finepix X100, X100s
Offered by DeyardDirect
Price: £14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality at a great price, 14 Dec 2013
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
The adapter and hood are of good quality magnesium alloy, colour matching fairly well the finish on the camera. The bayonet mount is well machined, and the hood snaps into place without effort but securely and without wobbles. Threads are smooth, both to couple the adapter to the camera body and for the filters at the other end. All this at a price of less than 20% of the original Fuji...


Page: 1