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ADSL Faceplate Filter for NTE5 Master Socket
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Price: 7.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Broadband much improved, 1 Oct 2011
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I bought this to replace an old-style socket plate and a number of separate filters, which were failing with age. Fitting was straightforward, although the instructions could have been clearer and initially I connected the wrong wires so the phone did not work. Once that was sorted out both phone and broadband worked perfectly, without the dropouts I had been experiencing on internet connections. This is an inexpensive unit and how long it lasts remains to be seen, but it certainly works well.


Spanish Verbs And Essentials of Grammar (Verbs and Essentials of Grammar Series)
Spanish Verbs And Essentials of Grammar (Verbs and Essentials of Grammar Series)
by Ina W. Ramboz
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, comprehensible, concise, 5 Sep 2011
This little book is a gem; nearly all Spanish grammar in a nutshell, simply explained with plenty of examples. For those who may be unfamiliar with grammatical terms, most are explained as they are dealt with. Recommended.


Spanish Grammar
Spanish Grammar
by John Butt
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars Just about everything is there, 5 Sep 2011
This review is from: Spanish Grammar (Paperback)
This is a comprehensive coverage of Spanish grammar and has been of great help to me over many years now. Criticisms are that is is not very well laid out (e.g. headings at the bottom of the page here and there), in some places it makes things more complicated than is necessary, and it has an American bias - this does not detract from the Spanish but it is not what one expects from Oxford, of all publishers.


Crucial 1GB PC3200 DDR Desktop Memory Upgrade 184-pin Dimm
Crucial 1GB PC3200 DDR Desktop Memory Upgrade 184-pin Dimm
Price: 20.24

5.0 out of 5 stars No problems with this upgrade, 1 Sep 2011
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I ordered this through Amazon from BitsAndBobs4U. It arrived within two days, securely packed. Inserting it into a spare slot in my desktop PC was easy, it booted up normally and System Monitor detected it immediately. I don't know how reliable it will turn out to be but my original 1 GB Crucial board has lasted 5 years with no problems.


Klaus Tennstedt: The Great EMI Recordings
Klaus Tennstedt: The Great EMI Recordings
Price: 29.46

34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasury of Tennstedt, 27 Aug 2011
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Ralph Moore has written so much that there is very little to add, although I do not agree with everything he has said. It is fascinating to hear the "Tennstedt sound", which might almost be called the Mahler sound, brought to other great composers. His ability to make every voice in the orchestra clearly audible without any one of them dominating, is for me his sonic trademark.

The pick of the bunch is Mahler 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, so much more involving than his rather under-stated performance with the LPO; this also has the best recording quality. The two Bruckner symphonies come next, especially the Eighth, in which he brings out a lyricism and humanity which not all conductors find. The Brahms German Requiem is compelling despite very slow tempi in the first and last movements. The baritone Jorma Hynninen is very good, however Jessye Norman, a singer whom I admire, is not at her best here.

The Beethoven Third, Sixth and Eighth are first-class even if they do not erase memories of Klemperer in the Eroica and Boehm in the Pastoral. In fact there is very little that is not recommendable; I have to say I was not impressed by the "New World", which seems to lack its Czech quality, but maybe that is just me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good router, short cables, 13 Aug 2011
I bought one of these to replace an old Netgear DG834 which I thought (wrongly) was faulty. However it transmits wirelessly at about three times the speed of the old one and has put an end to dropouts on streaming. Getting it working was easy using the browser-based procedure (I did not try the CD-rom) and so was setting the encryption code for wireless security. It is quite small and fits unobtrusively on top of a cupboard.

It comes with mains adapter, two leads to connect to the phone line and an RJ45 ethernet cable, none of which were long enough for my needs (only about 1m). So you may want to consider some extra cables if you buy this router.


Brahms: The Symphonies
Brahms: The Symphonies
Price: 21.19

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Resplendent Brahms, 28 July 2011
This review is from: Brahms: The Symphonies (Audio CD)
A lot has already been said by other reviewers so i will keep my comments brief. I have always loved Karajan's recordings of these symphonies, and there seems to be something about the BPO sound that particularly suits them. Klemperer's performances are also superb, especially the Second, but the recordings sound very dated now. Giulini and Boult are also impressive, but these Berlin performances move me like very few others: Karajan's orchestra directed by a British musical genius. The recording is clear and detailed, revealing the individual instruments in Brahms' scoring, something you don't always get.


Living Spanish: A Grammar-based Course (LL)
Living Spanish: A Grammar-based Course (LL)
by R. P. Littlewood
Edition: Paperback
Price: 14.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good provided you know your English grammar, 21 July 2011
If your education has left you not knowing what a verb or a noun is then this book is not for you. But if you have a grasp of basic grammar then you will be able to make rapid progress. You have to read the lessons carefully and then do the exercises, but there is a key to them all and alternative forms are given where there is more than one possible Spanish translation. The grammatical approach enables you to see how Spanish is put together, which helps you remember. True, some of the reading passages are dated but they give a flavour of what Spain used to be like. You will want to supplement this book with a recent dictionary for modern vocabulary.

I have one serious criticism, namely that the past subjunctive is not covered. It is often regarded as difficult, but those who can learn from a grammar-based book such as this should be able to master it. And it is an essential part of Spanish; you come across it not only in the written language but also in everyday conversation, for example in the Spanish for "if I had more money I would ..." or "He asked her to come". The updated version should have included this. As it is, I could not even find a "quisiera" (although I may have missed it).

This is a good choice for learning Spanish to an "intermediate" level, but sooner or later you will want something more comprehensive.


Richard Strauss - (4) Last Songs; Songs with Orchestra
Richard Strauss - (4) Last Songs; Songs with Orchestra
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving, but ..., 6 July 2011
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Christoph Eschenbach gets to the heart of Richard Strauss' music, and his Houston orchestra gives a delightful performance of the Rosenkavalier suite. Not that many people will choose this disc for that. Renée Fleming also immerses herself in this music, and gives us a full-blooded, committed interpretation of the Four Last Songs and the other earlier Lieder, where her singing of 'Befreit' is almost unbearably poignant. So why only four stars? For my taste, there is simply too much vibrato, and this is distracting in places, especially in Frühling, the first of the Last Songs. The element of wonder in the poetry is eclipsed.

This is still a very enjoyable disc, but do listen to Gundula Janowitz in this music; she is exquisite.


Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Haydn: Italian Songs
Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Haydn: Italian Songs
Price: 14.93

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bartoli in lesser-known repertoire, 3 July 2011
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This is one of Cecilia Bartoli's earlier recordings, and seems to have been eclipsed by her many later operatic discs. It does not deserve to be, as these are as good performances as you are likely to hear of these Italian songs by Beethoven and Schubert. I love both composers' German Lieder, and while I had heard some of Beethoven's Italian songs before, the Schubert canzonas were new to me. Hearing his characteristic Lieder-music to Italian words is fascinating. The little Mozart song is beautiful, but you may need to listen to Haydn's extended piece a few times to get to know it.

Cecilia's voice is beautifully fresh and appealing at all times, and Andras Schiff is excellent, without the mannerisms of some of his Lieder accompaniments for other singers.


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