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Ashton Court parkrun
Ashton Court parkrun
by Clive Minnitt
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars What running - and parkrun - is all about, 6 Jan. 2015
This review is from: Ashton Court parkrun (Paperback)
I've now actually sat and looked carefully through your lovely book, Clive. I'm full of admiration, and feel, as I did when I first leafed through it sweatily on Saturday, that it absolutely nails what parkrun, and particularly the Ashton Court one, is all about. Many thanks!

Vaughan Williams: Serenade To Music; Dona Nobis Pacem
Vaughan Williams: Serenade To Music; Dona Nobis Pacem
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £29.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Aug. 2014
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a document and a rareperformance of Dona Nobis pacem. The Serenade is moving too, especially with the original soloists

Mass in D, Op. 86 / B. 175: Vocal score
Mass in D, Op. 86 / B. 175: Vocal score
by Antonin Dvorak
Edition: Sheet music
Price: £7.95

3.0 out of 5 stars legible version of an outdated edition, 28 May 2013
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How this piece is to be performed is a bit of a problem: orchestra? organ? soli? semi-chorus? It had a chequered history with its Czech premiere with organ accompaniment followed by its Crystal Palace English premiere in orchestral garb. The confusions are reflected in this edition, which is nothing more than an enlarged photocopy of the old Novello score.
It's not really vintage Dvorak...

Solti Conducts Wagner: Tristan & Isolde / Die Walküre [5CD Box Set]
Solti Conducts Wagner: Tristan & Isolde / Die Walküre [5CD Box Set]
Price: £11.17

1 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars really worthwhile reissue, 28 May 2013
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Not the best-known recordings made by Solti; rather more raw than some later, more famous ones . A tremendous bargain brought out for the bicentenary year

The Other Wagner
The Other Wagner
Price: £10.74

13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for the pundits, 15 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: The Other Wagner (Audio CD)
For about the price of a single disc you get a good serving of obscure and better-known Wagner. One good thing about all the recordings is that they are all in good sound: so creaky old versions of the piano can now safely be binned. I shan't be playing disc 3 very often: for all Mikhail Rudy's persuasive advocacy, the piano works are marginalia. As for the version of the Siegfried Idyll (although some of the credit goes to Rubinstein apparently), I don't really find it convincing or revelatory.
There are two good Wesendonk lieder cycles here - Jessye Norman with piano, and the magisterial account by Christa Ludwig and Klemperer. A bit of an EMI regular, that, but none the worse for it: it's one of the best. The other solo songs (done well by Hampson) were a bit of cynical hack-work by Wagner, and sound like it.
Disc 2 pulls together some of the stand-alone orchestral pieces as well as the Ludwig songs referred to above. Janowski's accounts of various marches are apprpriately overblown and give little sign of the sensitive opera conductor he is proving in the new Pentatone cycle (and the old Dresden Ring).
The gem is disc 1 of course. A big-band Siegfried Idyll has many competitors, and there are quite a few Faust overtures too. But the remaining pieces on this disc are really fascinating. They rely on good performances - which they get from the Dresdner Philharmonie under Michel Plasson. The stars here though are the massed choral forces from Vienna and Dresden who turn in a tremendous performance of the longest piece in the whole set: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel. The lengthy unaccompanied section is powerful and subtle by turns and ends in tune when the orchestra finally joins the voices.They probably don't match the original forces: 1200 singers gave the first performance in the Dresden Frauenkirche; but they are surely the most skilled ensemble one could hope for. I can't imagine there will be many (any?) performances of this monster piece, even in Wagner 200 year - so it's worht getting the EMI box and playing this track very loud.

Nabucco: Orig. Rec. Arena Di Roma
Nabucco: Orig. Rec. Arena Di Roma
Price: £8.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Live, cheap, decent recording., 15 Jan. 2013
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Once the listener accepts that this is a live recording, there is much to enjoy. Cappucilli is a robust Nabucco, but never shouts; Linda Roark Strummer negotiates the extremes of Abigaille's fearsome vocal lines ably, with indifferent Italian. Minor roles are strong - a cavernous Zaccaria from Roberto Scandiuzzi is very imposing. The chorus are loud and slightly unwieldy, and their entrances make a dreadful din sometimes. Recorded sound is far from subtle, with an unwelcome steeliness at the top. But it is palpably live - from the near-hysterical audience reaction to the big numbers to the real excitement of interactions between characters. Quite weirdly, an encore is given of 'Va, pensiero' - it's a great chorus, but dramatically it makes a nonsense of Act III.
It's a good low-budget way of getting to know the piece, but definitely not for the audiophile

Rameau: Ballet Suites
Rameau: Ballet Suites
Price: £5.32

26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish baroque at budget price, 6 Sept. 2005
This review is from: Rameau: Ballet Suites (Audio CD)
The orchestral parts of Rameau's many operas and similar works are a delight in terms of instrumentation and dance-derived energy. This Naxos disc - at their usual super-budget price - draws from different sources: Platee, Dardanus and Pygmalion. The numbers are mostly short, by turns affecting and mercurial; and the playing is tremendous. The European Union Baroque Orchestra re-invents itself annually as a seed-bed for many of the best-known early-music bands all over Europe, and draws its members from all over the EU. Amazingly, these recordings date variously from 1999, 2001 and 2003, and the personnel changes radically. Same leader (Nicolas Mazzoleni) and conductor (the admirable Roy Goodman),though, which ensures a uniform lively approach and a similar sound picture - even if venues vary from Brussels to Oxford.
A brightly prominent harpsichord is partnered by organ in the continuo department, and the string band is augmented by oboes, bassoon, flutes and sometimes, to great effect, swirling piccolos.
The titles of the movements are a delight - I loved 'Air for merry madmen and sad madmen' and a crazy pot-pourri movement called 'Les differents caracteres de la danse', where Rameau crams 9 different dance styles into little over 3 minutes! And the EUBO is comfortably up to it: this is a stylish and capable ensemble presenting some of the most appealing fare of the french Baroque.And all for less than the price of a croque-monsieur and a biere blonde.

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