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PETER JAMES "Snapperfisch" (Coventry, West Mids United Kingdom)

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8 Classic Albums [Audio CD] Duke Ellington
8 Classic Albums [Audio CD] Duke Ellington
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to Duke Ellington, 27 Dec 2012
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Good recordings, great price, a must for new jazz fans and old alike. Minimal sleeve notes but all the track listings seem to be there but if you have trouble please refer to other reviews of this "must-have" set.

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano & Orchestral versions)
Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition (Piano & Orchestral versions)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Pictures of Pictures at an Exhibition, 27 Dec 2012
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Worth 5 stars for the fact that you have the original piano version and the most popular orchestrated version by Ravel on one CD. I played them back to back and then as a bonus I finished off with a version of "Pictures" by Emerson, Lake and Palmer. (Ha!) An interesting combination of the same music.

Come and See [DVD]
Come and See [DVD]
Dvd ~ Aleksey Kravchenko

26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not one star but five!, 16 Dec 2011
This review is from: Come and See [DVD] (DVD)
I fail to understand the logic of those who only gave this film one star. They must have been watching a different film to the one I did. I would be interested to know the ages of these people. I would guess they were born after, perhaps, 1980. I was born three years after the end of WW2. My mother came from Austria and experienced part of her life "under occupation", in her case it was the Russians. She befriended a Russian in England who lived under occupation- in her case it was the Germans. Therefore I do have a little comprehension of what was trying to be stated in the film "Come and See".
I would suggest that "the young" have no comprehension of what war is like from the point of view of a civilian in the middle of Europe from 1939 to 1945. At least I have had a second-hand experience of this by having known and spoken to various people.
The "blitz" that occured in England was by all means horrific but not as as horrifying compared to the atrocities committed "on land" during this terrible conflict. (I have ancestors who died fighting on both sides)
I suggest that the "one star brigade" go away to a film appreciation society and try and learn the true meaning of cinema. It seems like those who underated this film are those of the "instant gratification" bunch that society has spawned today.
This is a film that presents its case slowly and in a beautiful, artistic way, leading to a terrifying climax. If you are Russian then you have a right to critisise the acting. If you are not my advice is to always watch a film in its original language.
"Come and See" is a truely great film- if you do not agree I suggest you stick to "The Great Escape" with all its Hollywood pin-ups or even worse... "The Green Berets" starring big John Wayne!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Memory House: A Subjective View, 4 Feb 2003
This review is from: Memoryhouse (Audio CD)
This is an album that starts from its cover. A railway line and station somewhere in Europe. Title "The Memory House." Black and white, bleak. My mother came from Austria. She lived under the occupation of the Russians and the first track invokes this bleakness rain and all. The poem, Russian? Moving, raising the emotions, what is she saying? What journey is the composer taking us on? So many unanswered questions.
This beautiful album became personal very quickly with its silky changing moods. The music is thought provoking. Be ready to grit your teeth. Let the music take you anywhere you want with its startling nuances. Listen for the Mahler drum! and when the journey is over take time to look at the photograph once more. A memory house; a museum for conversation. Truely some great music from Max Richter.

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