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Bomtempo & Suppé: Requiems
Bomtempo & Suppé: Requiems
Price: £6.04

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little know treasures, 17 Dec 2013
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Well, little know to me. Both these works are, perhaps, not classed in the "Premier League" of Requiems, Mozart, Verdi etc, but both Bontempo and Suppe's works are rewarding and enormously interesting pieces to listen to and fine examples of excellent competent musical craft. Very much worth a listen.


6 x Clear Screen Protectors for Canon EOS M - Anti-Scratch LCD Guards / Display Savers
6 x Clear Screen Protectors for Canon EOS M - Anti-Scratch LCD Guards / Display Savers
Offered by Membrane Store
Price: £2.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality product, 17 Dec 2013
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The film is very clear and appears to retain an almost 'not looking through a film' effect. The only slight, and its very slight, issue is, though the dimensions of the protector are very accurate, some slight adhesion loss at an extreme edge, but this happens with all these type of protectors, in my experience, but overall very good product, excellent price, especially as you get 6!


Ken Burns - The Civil War Commemorative Edition [DVD]
Ken Burns - The Civil War Commemorative Edition [DVD]
Dvd ~ David McCullough
Price: £31.70

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic, 9 Nov 2013
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The term 'Epic" is much overused, but no apologies needed for this colossal work of research and insight into the American Civil War.
The combination of quotations from contemporary writings from General, Politicians and most moving of all the ordinary soldier and their relatives and loved ones, combined with the wonderful photographs from the conflict all integrate to a sum that is made up of wonderful parts.


Gesualdo: Death For 5 Voices [DVD] [2007]
Gesualdo: Death For 5 Voices [DVD] [2007]
Dvd ~ Werner Herzog
Price: £19.52

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and interesting, 9 Nov 2013
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I came across the composer while doing research on a talk I'm giving about the 'dark' side of various artists whose work is beautiful but the artist themselves were not 'pleasant', to say the least!
So Gesualdo's story is that of a difficult, possibly daemonic, certainly 'strange' person.
Herzog is drawn to'odd' characters and this "Herzogized" docudrama, seeks to give a strongly impressionistic insight into the nature of the tortured artist.
The film is made, largely on location and the quirky found characters such as the bagpiper who must play in Gesualdo's ruined castle every day to keep the evil soul of Gesualdo trapped therein and the opera singer who travels the dusty corridors add to the overall strangeness of things.
There are also quite straightforward episodes where the, beautiful, music is performed and explained.


Requiem (Messe des morts)
Requiem (Messe des morts)
Price: £6.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discovered Gem, 16 Jun 2013
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I had never heard of Campra before, shame on me, but like so many composers through the centuries who have produced good, or in this case great works, they have been 'lost' in the history of music. This work is of its time but also transcends it . Beauty can have both a particular, contemporary appreciation but can also show itself to every time and circumstance as demonstrating man's achievements and in this particular case the inspiration in the composers belief that he was offering his work to first to God.


Mozart: Requiem Realisations - The Choir of King's College Cambridge
Mozart: Requiem Realisations - The Choir of King's College Cambridge
Price: £20.41

2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting aspects, 9 Jun 2013
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The performances are very good, as one would expect from such a good choir and musicians. The notes need to be read prior to listening as one should be aware of the various 'completions' by different people. The second CD is quite a good attempt to give an overview of the "mystery" of the works composition. It probably pragmatically avoids the most interesting question of all, how much did Mozart leave and how much did Sussmayer really contribute?


Ingmar Bergman's 'THE MAGIC FLUTE' (1975 - a.k.a.Trollflöjten) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible) starring Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Ulrik Cold...
Ingmar Bergman's 'THE MAGIC FLUTE' (1975 - a.k.a.Trollflöjten) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible) starring Josef Köstlinger, Irma Urrila, Ulrik Cold...
Dvd ~ Josef Köstlinger
Offered by MagicoClassicMovies
Price: £14.99

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A charming interpretation, 8 Feb 2012
I was doing a talk on various interpretations of Mozart's Magic Flute and remembered seeing Bergman's version a long time ago, and it remained in the memory, why? Well Bergman clearly loved the work and it shows, of course Bergman was also a film maker and that shows as well!
Set in a period theatre the ambience resembles what original audiences might have experienced and this apparently naive look, may, at first, appear simple but with Bergman's skills it is by no means unsophisticated and allows the magic of the Magic Flute to display itself, rather than the "look at MY directorial cleverness" too often apparent, Bergman allows Mozart and Shikanaders work to speak for itself.
Bergman's only real indulgence is to, occasionally, show that he is filming a performance and a setting of a performance, in a contemporary theatre.
Bergman does suggest that Sarastro and the Queen of the Night are actually husband and wife, but this interpretation is not entirely unknown.
Technical quality wise the overall sharpness is a little 'soft' probably due to the age of the original and really the only reason it was not a 5 star. It is also in Swedish rather than the original German but the 'fit' of the words, to my ears, was fine.
To sum up if you want a version that is probably the truest to the original in setting, made with charm and an intense love for the work and its themes, this is the one. It may even make some other versions seem excruciatingly over indulgent by directors seeking to make a name for themselves.


The Pre-Raphaelites (The World's Greatest Art)
The Pre-Raphaelites (The World's Greatest Art)
by Michael Robinson
Edition: Paperback

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars great value, 29 Sep 2010
Not trying to be a 'text book' but a very good introduction to the work and scope of Pre-Raphaelite art.
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Visions of Light [1992] [DVD]
Visions of Light [1992] [DVD]
Dvd ~ Arnold Glassman
Offered by A2Z Entertains
Price: £8.59

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars source of inspiration, 29 Sep 2010
Not just a truly interesting and informative insight into the people who actually realise, the film, the Directors of Photography. Fascinating and anti ageist as most of them were mostly of 'mature years' but still going strong and enthusiastic. The other notable thing was they were all so modest and matter of fact about their talents and they "just did their jobs". without fuss or egocentricity- refreshing!
The early work, in particular demonstrated that "special effects" can't substitute for creativity and craft.
After watching it the first time one can turn it into a learning experience by just turning the sound off and studying the imagery and lighting.


Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography
Mastering Canon EOS Flash Photography
by NK Guy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.35

19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Misleading title, 27 July 2010
Slightly odd and very frustrating, as the book is good, in parts, and clearly the result of a lot of effort on the authors part, but could have been so, so much better. Encyclopaedic (400+ pages) on almost every bit of 'strobist' equipment and gadget available-much of which is generic and the volume is 'master CANON flash'. Its a great book if you can't find the instruction manuals for a range of canon flash guns and accessories. Its biggest failing, in my opinion, is that a book such as this with the title it has is surely crying out to be a 'situation and solution' guide. With much better and inspiring examples of what can be achieved with the equipment and how it was done step by step. Even, giving 'exercises' and learning tasks, which is what one has to do to MASTER something. An, albeit, poor analogy would be a book on 'mastering' the piano that says much about pianos and a lot less about the music ones plays on it.
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