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Metal Detecting the Beach
Metal Detecting the Beach
by Mark D Smith
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.23

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as expected, 13 Dec. 2013
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This book would serve as a useful guide for somebody starting out detecting on the beach, but that's about all. It's 108 pages long but this is mainly due to it having large type, large blank areas on several pages & many full page photos, all in low quality black & white. With more efficient use of space the book could easily be condensed down to about 60 pages maximum, so bear that in mind. There is some useful information here but nowhere near enough to warrant it being an essential read. As it's been written by an American detectorist, the content uses US terminology & wording, although this isn't a major problem.

In summary, consider it more as just a notebook guide to beach detecting & buy it on that basis if you want to.

Munch conducts French Orchestral Works
Munch conducts French Orchestral Works
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterful performance., 16 Jan. 2010
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Saint Saens' organ symphony is a particular favourite of mine and, as such, I have listened to many different interpretations of it over the years. It's fair to say that this BSO/Munch recording is up there with the very best of them.

Originally recorded in 1959 as an RCA Stereo-Orthophonic release, it has been digitally re-mastered superbly and sounds fabulous with a wonderfully clean tone and broad dynamic range. There is minimal tape hiss, barely audible on all but the quietest passages at normal listening levels, which in no way detracts from the quality of the recording. This is a testament to just how good these early RCA stereo recordings are.

Charles Munch conducts the BSO with real gusto in this piece, creating a dramatic and thoroughly engaging work. The clarity and placement of each individual instrument and orchestral section is at times astonishing: something too often lost with some, but not all, of the newer all digital over-sanitised recordings. This has a proper 'organic' feel to it, as though you are there in person. The organ's presence is always felt when intended, as an integral part of the work, but not to the detriment of anything else as can be the case with this symphony. The underpinning in the quiet 2nd movement, for example, is the best I have heard and adds real warmth. Conversely, the organ blends beautifully with the full weight of the orchestra for the louder parts including the dramatic 4th movement. In summary, if you are looking for a powerful, full blooded account of this work, this CD comes highly recommended.

Also on this disc is Debussy's La Mer and Ibert's Escales, again BSO/Munch. I'm not overly familiar with either of these works so cannot fairly pass judgement on them VS other recordings. Again, they have both been restored from early RCA stereo recordings and sound clean and sweet. Regard these as a bonus.

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