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Fauré: Violin Sonatas
Fauré: Violin Sonatas
Price: £9.53

5.0 out of 5 stars A very attractive collection, 25 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Fauré: Violin Sonatas (Audio CD)
This is a most attractive collection of music by two somewhat overlooked French composers. César Franck is best known for his Panis Angelicus and Symphony in D minor, and Gabriel Fauré for the Requiem in D minor, Pavane, and Dolly Suite. If you like any or all of those, you will probably also enjoy the less well-known works on this album - in particular, perhaps, the sonatas by Fauré, whose works typically include beautiful flowing melodies that you will easily remember.

The Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux was a master of his art, always combining the highest technical standards with a deep understanding of the music. In the Fauré sonatas, Grumiaux is accompanied by Paul Crossley, and in the Franck sonata by Gyorgy Sebok. Both acquit themselves admirably.

The recording quality is excellent (as you would expect from Decca), and the playing time is very generous. You even get a very eye-catching piece of art for the cover. Altogther, this album is one to be savoured as a special treat.


Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
Schumann: Symphonies Nos. 1-4
Price: £13.41

5.0 out of 5 stars The best Schumann symphony cycle?, 25 Oct 2014
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Of course, that is debatable. I would say, though, that these will stand comparison with any. Wolfgang Sawallisch (not the first conductor that comes to mind for orchestral music) seemed to have a special affinity for these works, bringing out all the rich detail of the melodies but not at the expense of the serious side of the symphonies.

This compact collection would be an ideal addition to an existing collection that already includes other versions, or very suitable as your only version.


Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto
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Price: £5.46

5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent performances, 25 Oct 2014
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These traditional performances of the Brahms and Tchaikovsky violin concertos were recorded several decades ago, but don't let that put you off if you are seeking to acquire your first recordings of them. The sound is rich and detailed, and even more important the playing and conducting is of the highest calibre. Equally, if you already have one or more versions then these should be in your collection - especially at this knock-down price.


Violin Concerto
Violin Concerto
Price: £10.70

5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous traditional performances, 25 Oct 2014
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These full-blooded performances of the Beethoven and Sibelius violin concertos are far from new, but don't let that put you off if you are seeking to acquire your first recordings of them. The sound is fine, and even more important the playing and conducting is of the highest calibre. Equally, if you already have one or more versions (and if you are serious about this music, you should!) then these should be in your collection.


Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande
Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande
Price: £8.67

5.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Fauré, 25 Oct 2014
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This is an album to listen to after a busy day, relaxing on the sofa and perhaps with a glass of wine or other beverage in hand. For some reason, Fauré is a rather overlooked French composer compared to others such as Debussy. Yet he created numerous beautiful, flowing melodies you won't easily forget.

In support of the high quality of the album content, Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra are on top form, providing a spacious yet detailed performance where you feel you are missing nothing of the wonderful music.

If you are already familiar with Fauré, this album would make a worthy addition to your collection. Or if you are new to his music, it would be a perfect introduction.


Gershwin: Orchestral Works
Gershwin: Orchestral Works
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Price: £12.06

5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Gershwin, 25 Oct 2014
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This very nice selection of works by George Gershwin is (as you might expect) played superbly by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra under James Levine. Worthy of particular mention is the way these are all treated as serious orchestral works, rather than the lighter fare that they are sometimes drawn as.

The DG sound is superb, and the album would serve either as an introduction to these modern classics or an addition to a collection that includes some of the many other versions available.


Holst: The Planets
Holst: The Planets
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Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sound, 25 Oct 2014
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There are many versions of The Planets on offer, so why choose this one? Like a lot of the others, this boasts a first rate orchestra (the Chicago Symphony) and conductor (James Levine). In addition, it offers superb modern DG sound - some (not all) performances can be excellent, but require allowance to be made for the recording quality.

This would serve as your only version of The Planets, or be a worthy addition to a collection of several versions if you have one.


Beethoven: Bagatelles Opp.33, 119 & 126; Für Elise; Rondo in C; Allegretto in C minor; Klavierstück in B flat
Beethoven: Bagatelles Opp.33, 119 & 126; Für Elise; Rondo in C; Allegretto in C minor; Klavierstück in B flat
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Price: £11.04

5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Beethoven Bagatelles By Brendel, 24 Oct 2014
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If anyone can raise the profile of these generally less well-known works by Beethoven, it must be one of the most widely-respected intepreters of that composer's piano works. And sure enough, the characteristic limpidity of the now-retired Alfred Brendel adds a special lustre to these little jewels.

The Philips label is usually the sign of a first-class recording, and that is certainly the case here.


Interdesign, Suction Soap Cradle Soap Dish, Clear
Interdesign, Suction Soap Cradle Soap Dish, Clear
Price: £3.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A suction soap holder that really sucks - in a good way!, 24 Oct 2014
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The problem with most stick-on soap holders is that they don't - at least for very long. This one sticks very well, for three reasons:

1. It uses two suckers instead of the single sucker other holders use. And there is no fiddling about tightening a control to get them to adhere - simply moisten them and press them into place on the tiles.

2. This holder is very light, being made of plastic instead of the stainless steel used for others.

3. The holder is free to jiggle slightly when you remove or replace the soap, as its attachments to the suckers allow a bit of play. This avoids pulling at the suckers and so helps them stay in place.


Crucial ram memory 16GB kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800,1600MHz for 2012 Apple Macbook Pro's, 2012 iMac's, and 2011 / 2012 Mac mini's
Crucial ram memory 16GB kit (2 x 8GB) DDR3 PC3-12800,1600MHz for 2012 Apple Macbook Pro's, 2012 iMac's, and 2011 / 2012 Mac mini's
Offered by STREAMLINK
Price: £116.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quality and very reliable memory, 23 Oct 2014
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There is not a great deal to say about this product - and that is a compliment! You just open the computer, unclip the existing memory, clip this into the sockets, restart your machine and enjoy the performance boost.

I have always found Crucial memory a very reliable and cost-effective solution, allowing you to upgrade your computer's memory when needed and thereby prolong the machine's useful life.


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