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Scraping The Bottom
Scraping The Bottom
Price: 3.85

5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing.....l, 11 Oct 2013
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This is a great read; certainly strips away the glamour myth associated with Opera singers........ Funny and engaging. I would recommend first reading Chris' first book "Who's my Bottom" as a prequel.


Red Army Ensemble
Red Army Ensemble
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb...., 21 Aug 2013
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Wonderful singing and playing......... Some of the voices are world-class especially Belyaev; the "Annie Laurie" rendition alone is worth their e of the disc.......


Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9
Price: 14.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a listen......, 21 Aug 2013
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Beautiful playing although the first movement lacks tension...... Adagio is the highlight. The completed last movement is fascinating with some sublime passages, although one wishes Bruckner had lived to complete it himself despite the excellent job done in the reconstruction.....


Chopin: 4 Ballades, Barcarolle, Fantaisie, Polonaise-fantaisie
Chopin: 4 Ballades, Barcarolle, Fantaisie, Polonaise-fantaisie
Price: 16.60

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording, 27 Mar 2013
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Excellent playing combined with stunning recording; on a sacd player the sound is both full- bodied and rich in nuances.


Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Deluxe numbered limited edition]
Wagner: Der Ring des Nibelungen [Deluxe numbered limited edition]
Price: 155.15

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sound!, 4 Dec 2012
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A luxury this may be, but a beautifully presented edition of this now landmark recording which has (again) been remastered offering even better sound quality than the last (1997?) CD version. It is more transparent and "airier" and belies the fact that the recording is in part over 50 years old! The BluRay disc offers potentially even better sound, but I noticed that the sound was more congested when played on the new Panasonic BluRay recorder/player than when I used an early (but quite esoteric) Pioneer player, in both cases feeding a very good receiver fed directly by HDMI connection. On my system, the BluRay sounds more natural in Stereo than in pseudo-surround mode; I would love to hear the BluRay version played on a high-end universal player with top-quality analogue outputs through my system; only then could I make a fair comparison with the CD version as played through a reference CD player.
As far as the performance goes, it still remains one of the first choices for a complete recorded Ring cycle; I do find Solti a little overdriven at times, although many of the tender moments are handled with surprising delicacy. The orchestra is peerless, and of the course the cast generally represents the best Wagner singers of the post-war period. The greatest gain of the latest remastering is the extra sense of presence and transparency of the voices; for example, Hotter sounds much fresher to me, and Nilsson warmer and less relentless...... (just a subjective reaction, no offence to fervent fans of this great soprano.....)
Is it worth the money? Well, I'm sure this excellent remastering will be available more cheaply in more basic packaging, but there is something satisfyingly indulgent about owning this special edition; considering the many extras and the nostalgic inducing quality books/booklets etc. then in my opinion it is. The included DVD documentary is available on it's own on amazon for prices up to 38! That makes the remaining 17 CD's plus the BluRay less than 10 apiece............


Air-O-Swiss U7146 Travel Humidifier, Green Edition
Air-O-Swiss U7146 Travel Humidifier, Green Edition

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Aug 2012
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Delivered promptly. Excellent device: well designed and made, very compact and easily carried in hand luggage. Instantaneous start-up. Using any 500ml plastic bottle is very clever....


Who's My Bottom?
Who's My Bottom?
by Christopher Gillett
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.68

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended, 7 Nov 2011
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Anyone, whether professional singer, opera enthusiast or anyone curious about what the "glamourous" life of a music-theatre performer is really like, will enjoy this book. It is witty, hilarious, sometimes sad, totally absorbing and well written. Recommended.


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