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Gerald Finzi: Violin And Cello
Gerald Finzi: Violin And Cello
Price: £5.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Finzi album, 14 Jun. 2015
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The last few years have seen more recognition for the talents of the short-lived Gerald Finzi, who is now accepted as a leading English composer. This album is a pleasing combination of his reasonably well-known cello concerto and less well-known violin concerto. Both are fine works, and are given excellent renditions by Raphael Wallfisch and Tasmin Little respectively (curiously, the violin work is top-billed, despite appearing after the cello concerto on the CD).

This album has the typically rich and sonorous Chandos sound, and is rounded out by a couple of pleasant fillers, namely the Op. 25 Prelude and Op. 11 Romance, both for string orchestra.

Particularly recommended both for those who have heard some Finzi (such as the famous Eclogue for piano and strings) and want to hear more from the composer.


Szell Conducts Haydn Symphonies - Sony Classical Masters
Szell Conducts Haydn Symphonies - Sony Classical Masters
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Price: £10.22

5.0 out of 5 stars Sparkling traditional Haydn, 14 Jun. 2015
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The name of George Szell is not so widely known today, which is regrettable as he and the Cleveland Orchestra made numerous fine recordings during his lengthy tenure as music director from 1946 to 1970, during which he fashioned the orchestra into one of the world's finest ensembles.

A benefit of this for music buyers is that many of these performances are now available at super-bargain prices of around ten pounds, such as this compact boxed set from Sony. The collection of Haydn symphonies offered here benefits from a combination of superb conducting and playing, which respects the composer's sparkling wit and sense of fun while still treating these works with the seriousness that such truly great music deserves.

This collection would be ideal both for those new to Haydn, and those who have other recordings (perhaps more recent ones). Buy with confidence.


Sennheiser RS 170 Closed Digital Wireless Over-Ear Headphone
Sennheiser RS 170 Closed Digital Wireless Over-Ear Headphone
Price: £156.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 14 Jun. 2015
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These premium headphones score by a combination of three things:
1. Superb sound. I use them to listen to a wide range of music, and everything sounds authentic and natural, with no sense of fatigue.
2. Wireless convenience. No cords to get tangled, and a very good range - with the base connected to a Mac in a downstairs room, I can also listen in upstairs rooms and even out in the garden. The range limitations of Bluetooth are not felt with the wireless technology used here.
3. Great comfort. I can wear these headphones for hours without any discomfort. The generously-sized and well-padded cushions help here.
At the current price, I would say these are unbeatable. In fact, I have bought a second pair for use with the TV.


Panasonic WES9025Y1361 Combi Foil and Blade
Panasonic WES9025Y1361 Combi Foil and Blade
Offered by Rasierwerk
Price: £24.02

5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Panasonic part, 14 Jun. 2015
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I have used Panasonic Wet/Dry Shavers with great results for several years. This replacement foil/blade combo was very easily fitted, has given my ES-LA93 a new lease of life.

The price for this (and similar foil/blade combos) varies quite a bit from seller to seller, and even within the different Amazons, so it definitely pays to shop around.


Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos 1-4
Mozart: Horn Concertos Nos 1-4
Price: £9.84

5.0 out of 5 stars Top-notch traditional performances, 14 Jun. 2015
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Gunter Hogner's polished performance is given solid backing by Karl Bohm and the legendary VPO. If you are looking for first-rate accounts of these great works, this recording would be a very safe first choice. Or if you already have one or more versions, as I have, this would be an excellent addition.


Beethoven: Symphony No. 6- Pastorale / Schubert: Symphony No. 5 (DG The Originals)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6- Pastorale / Schubert: Symphony No. 5 (DG The Originals)
Price: £6.60

5.0 out of 5 stars Two classic performances, 17 May 2015
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For those who love Beethoven's and Schubert's symphonies, these classic accounts of one by each composer are not to be missed. Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, the "Pastoral", is one of my favourite works by this composer, and the performance here is worth the price of the CD on its own.

The conducting, playing, and recording are all first class.

If you have one or more versions of either of these works already, this inexpensive album should join them. And if you are just starting your collection, this would make an excellent introduction to two of the most famous symphonies.


Mozart: Symphonies No. 35 In D Major K385; No. 39 In E-Flat Major K.543 & No. 40 In G Minor K550
Mozart: Symphonies No. 35 In D Major K385; No. 39 In E-Flat Major K.543 & No. 40 In G Minor K550
Price: £8.88

5.0 out of 5 stars Classic perrformances, 17 May 2015
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For those who love Mozart's symphonies, these classic accounts by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra are not to be missed. Although the assembled forces are arguably large by today's standards, there is no lack of the joie de vivre and sheer fun that is essential to Mozart. Symphony No. 35, the "Haffner", is one of my favourite Mozart works, and the performance here is worth the price of the CD on its own.

If you have one (or several!) versions of any of these works already, this very inexpensive album should join them And if you have none, this is a very good introduction to the wonderful world of some of W.A. Mozart's most famous symphonies.


We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race
We Have Capture: Tom Stafford and the Space Race
by Michael Cassutt
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating look at the space race by a less well known insider, 12 May 2015
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When thinking of famous astronauts, Tom Stafford is perhaps not the first name that springs to mind. However, he was in the front line of the space race and played a signficant role in both the Gemini and Apollo programmes, culminating in his being one of the American crew who rendezvoused in orbit with their Soviet counterparts in 1975. As such, he has a fascinating story to tell of the huge efforts made by both the USA and Soviet Union to outdo each other in what was seen by many as another front in the Cold War.

If you are an avid reader of astronaut biographies and autobiographies, don't miss this one.


Canon Power Shot G15 Camera - Black (28mm Wide Lens,12MP) 3.0 inch LCD FHD
Canon Power Shot G15 Camera - Black (28mm Wide Lens,12MP) 3.0 inch LCD FHD

5.0 out of 5 stars High quality photos - and construction, 12 May 2015
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The Canon 'G' series has been evolving for many years, and progressively improving. So as you might expect, the G15 takes excellent photos and is easy to use. Other reviews have gone into depth about this, so I will simply say that it is a safe bet picture-wise. All the controls (including ones such as exposure compensation) fall easily to hand: if you are used to Canon cameras, you will be using this one in no time.

What is not so obvious is the sheer quality of construction. The G15 feels beautifully made and satisfyingly solid in the hand, but is not too weighty and so is ideal for travelling. I also bought the matching luxurious (and expensive) leather case: Canon SC-DC85 Soft Case for Powershot G15.

Any downsides? Well, the LCD screen does not articulate. Personally, I do not miss this, but if you value the feature, the camera may not be for you.


Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 : The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber
Valkyrie: The North American XB-70 : The USA's Ill-fated Supersonic Heavy Bomber
Price: £4.07

5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book for aviation enthusiasts, 12 May 2015
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The astonishing aeroplane that is the subject of this book is probably not as well known as it should be. Reasons for this may be that the plane was ultimately branded a failure (with only two being built), and its working life (such as it was) coincided with the heady days when the space programme was dominating the flight headlines.

Aviation enthusiasts should not hesitate to obtain a copy, and learn about a flying machine that still looks utterly futuristic. As well as an in-depth look at the XB-70 itself, the author provides a tour of the aerospace industry of the time, with all the associated rivalries and politics.

If you have anything more than a passing interest in planes, buy this book.


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