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Benjamin Britten - String Quartets nos 2 & 3; Three Divertimenti
Benjamin Britten - String Quartets nos 2 & 3; Three Divertimenti
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curlew river and the path to Iken church, 15 Nov 2010
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The BBC reviewer says it better than I can..this is a superlative recording, fresh and moving.
My only tiny gripe with the BBC review is the assumption that it is the sea that informs the playing as it did Britten...with these pieces I prefer to think that it was the River instead. The cover shot is in fact the small beach on the river Alde path between Snape Maltings and Iken church, surely as important an influence as the Suffolk coast?


The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
by Alan Garner
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Missed opportunity, 18 Oct 2010
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I have just received my copy and am disappointed...for a commemorative edition it lacks anything special, and feels cheap and rushed. There is no dust jacket, no illustrations, the cover and page quality feel like a 'print on demand' edition.
Beware trying to remove the nasty Harper Collins price sticker from the rear cover as it will also take most of the cover's blue render off with it...GRRR!!! (My copy is blue, the Amazon picture appears to be green)

Compare this to the 50th Anniversary edition of 'Lord of the Rings' and you will see why I am annoyed...I love this book and really wanted a memorable 'heirloom' edition. Sadly this is not it.

Yes, we get a forward by Alan Garner but fans will recognise much of it from other articles...What a missed opportunity.

Why no dust jacket?
Why no illustrations?
Perhaps add a glossary of Cheshire dialect as used in the Garner books?
Give us a proper cover surface and then don't put immovable stickers on it!!

Docked one star for the poor production. It is still a five star read.


Andetag - Contemporary Romantic Music for Choir and Instrume
Andetag - Contemporary Romantic Music for Choir and Instrume
Price: £15.14

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE it is NOT prog/rock's 'Rings' Bo Hansson, 6 Oct 2010
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Anyone thinking they have uncovered a lost classical gem by the superb 1970's prog/rock artist responsible for 'Lord of the Rings', 'Magician's Hat', 'Attic Thoughts' is in for a major let-down.
This Bo is a classical guitarist whose new-agey sounding pieces for guitar and choir here, are about as far from the other Hansson as it is possible to get. BEWARE...I have sent back my copy and told Amazon to sort out the very misleading listing.


Woodbridge Pathfinder Map Sheet TM 24/34
Woodbridge Pathfinder Map Sheet TM 24/34
by Ordnance Survey
Edition: Map

5.0 out of 5 stars Compact and comprehensive, 18 Sep 2010
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I still prefer to use the Pathfinder series if I can get them. They are a more manageable size for carrying when you are out walking, and detailed enough for most leisure purposes.


Grayshott Pottery Small Conical Lamp Base, Hand Painted Light Blue Leaf Pattern
Grayshott Pottery Small Conical Lamp Base, Hand Painted Light Blue Leaf Pattern

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks lovely beware packaging, 30 Jun 2010
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I would love to have told you about its simple elegance, lovely design and harmonious colour, but the one I ordered and its replacement, both arrived shattered beyond repair or recognition. So 5 stars for the design, but none for packaging or delivery couriers. I can't get another one now...Amazon only replace one broken item...so if you buy one I hope yours arrives intact. Sob....


Timberland Men's EK Shackleton Boot
Timberland Men's EK Shackleton Boot

3.0 out of 5 stars Comfortable and tough but with some problems, 18 May 2010
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But docked 2 stars for the very poor weak laces which snapped after 2 days, and the quick deterioration of the heel..

The boots are light, seem strong and are very comfortable, even after a very long day. I have worn them on various types of terrain/surfaces and so far so good (3 months in).
They clean up easily too. But buy some proper walking boot laces asap

Update after 6 months...the heels are now wearing through and the whole sole/heel unit will probably need replacing. Still comfortable (the uppers etc) but these really shouldn't be so worn after half a year.


Mellanvasen
Mellanvasen
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please be aware this is 'Attic Thoughts' not a new release, 20 April 2010
This review is from: Mellanvasen (Audio CD)
Just a note of caution...this album is the original Swedish version (translates as 'Silence' I think) released in 1975. It was later re-packaged and re-issued in the UK and USA as 'Attic Thoughts'


The Viewing Point
The Viewing Point
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recapture the past, 15 Mar 2010
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This review is from: The Viewing Point (Audio CD)
The second album from the Future Kings of England and if anything this is an even stronger release. It is almost entirely instrumental with the 'songs' given enough time and space to breathe and develop. The playing and arrangements are understated and subtle, and perfectly suit the mood of each piece. If we were back in 1971 and this was a vinyl release, these tracks would all be fighting to be on 'side 2 track 1', that part of the album where the band can stretch out and explore.

Reference points? Pink Floyd 'Meddle' , perhaps, or the really dreamy bits of 'Ummagumma'. But this is not some retro pastoral pastiche. No, like another band 'July Skies,' each piece takes you firmly to a specific time or place, but you are not sure how you got there.

Whereas their first album dealt with local myth and the dread of weird history, 'The viewing point' brings us feelings of loss, yearning and separation. Something beautiful and good has passed away and we are left remembering how it was, or rather how we thought it was...bittersweet, elegaic, music for the soul. Recapture the past from the viewing point but don't expect things to be the same....


The Green Man
The Green Man
by Henry Treece
Edition: Paperback

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Matter of Britain, 12 Oct 2009
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This review is from: The Green Man (Paperback)
Published posthumously in 1966, this was Treece's finest exploration of aspects of the 'Matter of Britain' (as other later writers have since called such themes), despite much of the action talking place oustide of Albion. It is a stand alone adult novel that he didn't rework for children as with so many of his other historical recreations.

He was always fascinated by what he termed the 'crossroads of history', times of momentous change taking place either through invasion or the assimilation of new cultures and peoples. The Green man reworks the Hamlet story and sets it in its original time, the 6th century CE. Amleth, as our 'hero' is called, makes his physical, spiritual and dynastic journey to meet his destiny in a turbulent and violent era. On the way, he encounters an aged but still very dangerous 'King' Arthur, and a terrifying, piratical Beowulf, neither of whom conform to the normal depictions we are used to. The action is bloody, the characters strong and vivid, the prose is vigorous and poetic as one would expect given Treece's former years working as a poet.

This edition was issued on a Science Fiction imprint, with a suitably racy cover (for its year), but really it is a retelling of our history as it might have been, with a clear sense of myth and ancient beliefs. It is such a pity that none of Treece's novels or volumes of poetry are now in print. Rediscover an overlooked master.


The Magic Wood: A Poem
The Magic Wood: A Poem
by Henry Treece
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An overlooked gem, 22 Sep 2009
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This review is from: The Magic Wood: A Poem (Hardcover)
One of Treece's most accessible poems with gorgeous, but spooky, illustrations matching the tone and movement of the story perfectly. Children will enjoy spotting the pairs of eyes and the 'suggestions' of strange creatures hiding in the trees.

This deserves to be in every family's poetry collection, if that is not too old fashioned a notion. This edition proves the point that you will never achieve the same engagement or repeated reading/looking pleasure from any e-book version. Get the real thing.


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