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Mark Hayward "Dr Soil" (Hampshire, UK)

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The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824
The Ninth: Beethoven and the World in 1824
by Harvey Sachs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars An informative and enjoyable read, 20 Jun. 2016
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This is a fine little book which interweaves Beethoven's life, the Ninth Symphony, and the political developments and literature of the time. It is written by a musical layman in an approachable style which contains humour and insights. An informative and enjoyable read.


Beethoven - Furtwängler (The War Time Recordings)
Beethoven - Furtwängler (The War Time Recordings)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Expressions of Germanic civilisation at an evil time, 20 Jun. 2016
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A historical document. The sound is adequate, even through earphones, and the performances, unless you are a period-performance authenticist, inspired both in interpretation and playing. Expressions of Germanic civilisation at an evil time.


Leonard Bernstein - Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1-9, Overtures, Violin Concerto - Sony Classical Masters
Leonard Bernstein - Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 1-9, Overtures, Violin Concerto - Sony Classical Masters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Meaty, beefy, big and bouncy, 20 Jun. 2016
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To borrow a title from The Who: Meaty, beefy, big and bouncy. These are muscular big-band performances that are from another era, but Lenny belongs to all time. Only in the first movement of the Fifth, where the approach seems didactic and over-nuanced was I disappointed. The four soloists and choir in the NInth are said to be relatively weak, but with Maestro Bernstein in charge (and uncritically listening during my commute) I was not disappointed. A bargain. This probably would not be a first choice for an only cycle, but as a valid alternative among a collection.


Premium Quality 5Ft X 3Ft 5'X3' Flag Brazil Brazilian
Premium Quality 5Ft X 3Ft 5'X3' Flag Brazil Brazilian
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4.0 out of 5 stars A colourful wall decoration, 16 Jun. 2016
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With the Olympic Games approaching and Brazilian/Rio themes in geography lessons I bought this flag as a classroom decoration. It arrived promptly and now provides a colourful wall decoration. There is a geography (and astronomy) lesson in the constellations.


Rio de Janeiro: Extreme City
Rio de Janeiro: Extreme City
by Luiz Eduardo Soares
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.98

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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost "unputdownable", 16 Jun. 2016
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This book has been translated superbly into a lively, sometimes almost breathless colloquial style. I teach about Rio in geography lessons, but will probably never go there, so depend on written material, news items and videos. This book destroys simple impressions and stereotypes and is almost "unputdownable".


United Nations UN 5'x3' Flag
United Nations UN 5'x3' Flag
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3.0 out of 5 stars English? British? European? Citizen of the world!, 16 Jun. 2016
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The artwork is only satisfactory because the shapes of the continents are poorly rendered. I looked at several alternatives, and chose the one pictured where the continent outlines were more than blobs, but blobs they turned out to be. Most people won't be as critical, and it hangs in my classroom to give a subliminal message.


Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet
Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet
by Edward Dusinberre
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.90

4.0 out of 5 stars I read it in a few sittings. Very enjoyable and insightful, 16 Jun. 2016
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A well-written and -constructed book that cunningly interweaves the surprisingly interesting lives of the author and his colleagues with the music and life of Beethoven and insights into the performance of several of the quartets. I read it in a few sittings. Very enjoyable and insightful. (The title comes from a remark by LvB in response to a comment that his music was too difficult.)


Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 & Overtures
Beethoven: Symphonies 1-9 & Overtures
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5.0 out of 5 stars These go straight to (near) the top of my list, 16 Jun. 2016
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I had not heard any of Szell's interpretations before, but these go straight to (near) the top of my list - and I must have 15 different cycles. They are fleet-footed but powerful. Except in the Fifth, first movement exposition repeats are omitted, but that makes for a compact set. The conductor looks miserable in the photo, but these are (as ever with Beethoven) life-affirming and imbued with the life force. Actually Szell died shortly after the completion of the cycle, but though seriously ill, the music must have invigorated him.


Schubert: Complete Trios
Schubert: Complete Trios
Price: £4.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars Schubert's melodiousness and inventiveness are heard throughout, 16 Jun. 2016
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This is an enjoyable collection of music that few beyond his circle of friends would have heard in Schubert's short lifetime. The big "late" B flat and E flat pieces are the standout works, but Schubert's melodiousness and inventiveness are heard throughout.


Arthur Rubinstein Plays Great Piano Concertos
Arthur Rubinstein Plays Great Piano Concertos
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4.0 out of 5 stars At the price this is a bargain, 16 Jun. 2016
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At the price this is a bargain. At the time of these recordings Rubinstein was the white-haired elderly gentleman pictured, but he still could produce fireworks. Performing styles have changed, but excellent pianism from any era is ever-lasting. Critics may find fault with tempi and fingerwork in places, but this set is an excellent collection of Classical and Romantic repertory pieces (and a few which are now in the shadows).


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