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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 & 25
Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 & 25

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great early symphonies, 26 Nov. 2007
This disc provides an excellent selection of relatively early Haydn symphonies. It displays the range of his experiments with form, such as the slow introduction to number 25, the concertante flute solo in number 24 or the austere chorale-like first movement that dominates number 22 and inspired its nickname. The tempi are well-judged: minuets move with grace, the fast movements really fizz and slow movements are stately without being ponderous. The performances are vividly recorded using period instruments.


Music For Cello And Piano (Yang, Moon)
Music For Cello And Piano (Yang, Moon)
Offered by Revival Books Ltd
Price: £15.67

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 April 2007
The Kodaly solo cello sonata is worthy of comparison with the solo suites of Bach and Britten. Sung-Won Yang is completely on top of its technical demands in this impassioned and exciting performance, keeping the momentum going even in the discursive last movement. The other works, for cello and piano, if not quite as inspired as the solo sonata, are also enjoyable. Good recording and sound.


The Age of Reason
The Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Cheap is dear, 5 April 2007
This review is from: The Age of Reason (Paperback)
The four stars are for the content of this book, rightly regarded as a free-thinking classic. However, potential buyers should note that this Cosimo Classics edition is very badly produced, with many misspellings and layout errors. The worst of these is that the footnotes all appear embedded in the following text - in the standard text font - instead of at the bottom of the page, usually cutting a sentence in two, sometimes splitting an individual word. Look at page nine of the 'See Inside' option to see what I mean.


Music For Cello
Music For Cello
Offered by KAOZI168 Classical_ ''Dispatch in time''
Price: £16.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light and enjoyable, 1 Jun. 2004
This review is from: Music For Cello (Audio CD)
Both of Saint-SaŽns' cello sonatas unfold tunefully, with a bubbly energy in the fast passages and a wistful elegance in the slow. All very enjoyable, though in extended works like these I would have liked some contrasting bite and darkness. There is some breathing noise, especially in the second sonata, but this is the price you pay for a realistic and vivid recording.


Falling Out of Cars
Falling Out of Cars
by Jeff Noon
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Getting back into his stride, 15 May 2004
This review is from: Falling Out of Cars (Paperback)
Britain is in the grip of a sickness that interferes with people's ability to make sense of the information they are bombarded with: even their own reflections become anathema. Marlene Moore - helped by a heavy, his girlfriend and a lonely hitchhiker - is on an expedition to find the shards of a broken mirror (possibly a very famous one), hoping thereby to restore some order.
The plot is revealed in small fragments of melancholy and beautiful writing that lead towards a strange, ambivalent ending. Many of Noon's obsessions are here: information being corrupted, confusion of reality and fantasy, Alice. There are formal tricks, but these serve the telling rather than intruding as they have done in some of his other recent books. Indeed this is something of a return to form.


Stravinsky: Chamber Works & Rarities
Stravinsky: Chamber Works & Rarities
Price: £5.99

17 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chamber Works and Rarities, 21 April 2004
This compendious double album does exactly what it says on the tin. Whilenot everything is top-flight Stravinsky, it is all well-recorded and theOctet, Concerto for two pianos and Dumbarton Oaks are key works well worthhaving.


Room On Fire
Room On Fire
Offered by A ENTERTAINMENT
Price: £4.23

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound follow-up, 21 April 2004
This review is from: Room On Fire (Audio CD)
For their second album, The Strokes take on a more diverse set ofinfluences, with no sense that they're crudely repeating themselves. Butthey still sound the same in all the right ways: the no-frills productionand edgy energy are both present and correct in a taut little packagewithout a dud tune in it. Once again they print a 'thank you' to theirlisteners on the CD packaging. No, thank YOU, The Strokes.


Black Cherry
Black Cherry
Offered by Qoolist
Price: £3.98

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electric Sleaze, 21 April 2004
This review is from: Black Cherry (Audio CD)
Electronica usually beats music made on 'proper instruments' when it comesto sleaziness - maybe because there's nothing quite so tacky as theparping and bleeping of a synthesiser. Add Alison Goldfrapp's breathlessvocals and the result is distinctly smutty. 'Nuff said?


Spaceland (Tom Doherty Associates Book)
Spaceland (Tom Doherty Associates Book)
by Rudy Rucker
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.30

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4D Adventure, 29 Mar. 2004
Rucker's fun novel about Joe Cube's encounters with four-dimensional space and the creatures who live there is full of sardonic humour and mathematical play. Nor does he neglect the fundamentals: there's a zippy adventure plot (with the fate of our 3D universe at stake) and fully realised, believable main characters. Recommended.


1982, Janine (Canongate Classics)
1982, Janine (Canongate Classics)
by Alasdair Gray
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.99

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, What a Night!, 8 Mar. 2004
This inventive novel takes place over one difficult night in the life of Jock McLeish, security systems engineer: a night which brings him to the brink of suicide. It is an evocative mosaic, mingling the sadistic fantasies that fail to distract Jock from the bitter memories of his own life - poor decisions, casual cruelties, ill-judged liaisons - and his musings on the failings of his beloved Scotland. Eventually, a kind of resolution is reached.
It is all done in Gray's fluent and adventurous style. Fans of his other works should not hesitate; newcomers to his dark, Gothic fictions could happily(?) start here.


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