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Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse - Grey
Logitech M185 Wireless Mouse - Grey
Price: £9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent travel mouse, 24 Nov 2014
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If you are looking for a mouse to accompany you and your laptop on your travels, this may well meet your needs. The neat design offers a small size combined with comfortable handling. In fact, the design is so good you could use this as your main mouse, even when not travelling.

The Logitech name is usually a reliable indicator of quality, and so it proves here.


The Paul Temple Black and White Collection [DVD]
The Paul Temple Black and White Collection [DVD]
Dvd ~ Francis Matthews
Price: £11.40

4.0 out of 5 stars They don't make them like this any more, 30 Oct 2014
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Although only preserved in black and white, these five episodes will appeal to fans of vintage television, or indeed anyone who appreciates entertaining drama. The solid stories are brought to life by experienced professionals, from the seasoned producers and directors to the talented cast, not least the ever-reliable Francis Matthews in the title role.

The only downside of any note is the use of some obvious studio sets (as was typical of the time). Also, viewers used to the relentlessly driven efforts of today's TV drama may find the pace of the stories a little too sedate.


Beethoven: Piano Variations
Beethoven: Piano Variations
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Price: £1,801.98

5.0 out of 5 stars First class performances of lesser-known Beethoven, 30 Oct 2014
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The pieces on this generously filled two-disc album are all shorter and much less well known than the piano concertos and sonatas. And most don't even have opus numbers ("WoO" - Werke ohne Opuszahl). However, they are all worth hearing - especially when played by two such master pianists such as Gilels and Ogdon.

The sound of these remastered recordings is excellent, and the album would make either an excellent introduction to Beethoven's less famous piano music, or an addition to a collection that already includes them.


Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Brahms: Violin Sonatas
Price: £18.03

5.0 out of 5 stars Mutter makes her mark, 30 Oct 2014
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This review is from: Brahms: Violin Sonatas (Audio CD)
Anne-Sophie Mutter does not disappoint in these fine performances, her characteristic fire really bringing the music to life without any hint of not being in full control. And regular collaborator Lambert Orkis provides solid support.

If you enjoy these wonderful works by Brahms, you should hear this album. An excellent additional choice is by Kyung Wha Chung and Peter Frankl: Brahms - Violin Sonatas. Or you could just get both.


Tchaikovsky: The Ballets (Decca Collectors Edition)
Tchaikovsky: The Ballets (Decca Collectors Edition)
Price: £18.41

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4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable, 30 Oct 2014
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If you are in the market for a complete set of these timeless works, this modestly-priced set is worthy of your consideration. The performances are very solid, as you would expect from this combination of conductor and orchestra, and the recordings are of a high standard.

Another set worth looking at is that by Ernest Ansermet: Tchaikovsky - Complete Ballets (6 CD), where you get Symphony No. 6 as a bonus. Or you could buy both, and enjoy the contrasting performances.


Symphony In D Minor/Petrushka (Monteux)
Symphony In D Minor/Petrushka (Monteux)
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Price: £9.72

5.0 out of 5 stars The Franck really comes to life, 30 Oct 2014
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The length of Franck's Symphony in D Minor can sometimes lead to an over-weighty performance, perhaps even to the extent the listener is not particularly sorry when the end comes. Not so here. Monteux and the CSO deliver what just might be the definitive version, serious yet sprightly and (most importantly) enjoyable and uplifting.

The Petrushka makes a suitable companion work, so you really get your money's worth with this album.


Lehár: The Merry Widow
Lehár: The Merry Widow
Price: £11.92

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb performances all round, 26 Oct 2014
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A light-hearted opera needs to be taken seriously as far as the music goes, and Lehar's Merry Widow gets a suitable treatment from Karajan and the Berlin Philharmonic as they provide magnificent support to the very accomplished singers.

DG provide their usual excellent quality of recording, and the result is an album that can stand comparison with the more famous version that includes Elisabeth Schwarzkopf among the performers.


Bach, Rameau, Handel, Gluck & Haydn
Bach, Rameau, Handel, Gluck & Haydn
Price: £14.10

5.0 out of 5 stars Versatile Klemperer, 26 Oct 2014
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Perhaps best known for his recordings of Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms, Otto Klemperer demonstrates his versatility in conducting works from a much earlier period - the only high classical composer featured is Haydn, whose symphonies 88, 92, 95, 98, 100, 101, 102, and 104 receive splendid, full-throated performances that compare very favourably to other performances from the era of these recordings, and on their own make purchase of this inexpensive collection worth the price for Haydn enthusiasts.

Klemperer also acquits himself very well in the selection of works by Bach, Rameau, Handel and Gluck. The large orchestra interpretions of most of these may not be to all tastes, but I would say are definitely worth hearing.


The Road Home: Voices From The Aftermath Of The Great War
The Road Home: Voices From The Aftermath Of The Great War
Price: £3.95

5.0 out of 5 stars An essential WWI book, 26 Oct 2014
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Much has been written about World War I and the causes of that calamitious conflict, but little has been said about the aftermath. Max Arthur does a lot to correct matters in this very readable book, where he allows the voices of those who lived to see the armistice to be heard clearly after all these years. And in doing so, he performs a valuable service in highlighting the serious problems, and sometimes tragedies, that many faced.


Brahms: Symphonies; Ein deutsches Requiem (Klemperer Legacy)
Brahms: Symphonies; Ein deutsches Requiem (Klemperer Legacy)
Price: £9.18

5.0 out of 5 stars A very special interpretation, 26 Oct 2014
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Klemperer seemed to have a special affinity for the music of Brahms. The symphonies are given magisterial performances that feel as convincing as any, and the Requiem is stately and impressive without being ponderous.

If you have other recordings of these works in your collection, these would make worthy companions, or if you need an introduction to this timeless music, this convenient package would serve well.


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