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Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 Summer 2011 (Accentus Music: ACC20243) [DVD] [2012]
Bruckner: Symphony No. 5 Summer 2011 (Accentus Music: ACC20243) [DVD] [2012]
Dvd ~ Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Price: 19.99

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as hearing it live, 23 July 2012
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I was at one of the concerts in London in October 2011 at which these artists performed this symphony. It was an incredible musical experience. The sound this orchestra creates is magical and their response to Abbado is clearly a unique musical partnership. Bruckner's Fifth has previously seemed to me a bit below the 4th, 7th, 8th and 9th in stature. This performance changed my view making this symphony more "organic" and less bombastic than the later symphonies can sound. The LFO is not about power (although the brass can turn it on when required) and the breathtaking parts are often the exquisite interplay of soloists or sections - this comes out well in the DVD.
Watching a DVD on screen can never match the live concert hall experience but this DVD is a fair alternative way of hearing these world class musicians make a cogent case for this symphony to be Bruckner's greatest.


Sennheiser MM50iP Stereo Headset with integrated microphone - tailormade for the iPhone - Black
Sennheiser MM50iP Stereo Headset with integrated microphone - tailormade for the iPhone - Black

3.0 out of 5 stars Good sound but broken at jack, 28 Mar 2012
I found the sound to be good and the phones to be comfortable. The jack at the connection to my iPhone broke 20 days out of warranty. Looks like I got longer than others"!


Good News Bible (GNB): Large type edition
Good News Bible (GNB): Large type edition
Price: 45.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not that large, print not very distinct, 19 Nov 2010
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Good hard cover. Unfortunately the print is not that large. A further problem is that the paper is so thin that the print from the reverse page shows through and creates a blurring effect on the page you are trying to read. This did not serve the purpose we wanted of allowing a child with visual impairment to read the bible. NOT recommended.


Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Mahler: Symphony No. 6
Price: 18.48

5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, 22 Dec 2006
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This review is from: Mahler: Symphony No. 6 (Audio CD)
There are quite a few very good recordings of this symphony (including 2 others by Abbado). This reading is special (Gramophone Record of the Year) because of Abbado's distillation of his long refined view of Mahler, the amazing playing of the BPO and as an example of the tremendous sound and interpretations Abbado is coaxing from orchestras (Lucerne, Mahler CO) in the late "freelance" part of his career.


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