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Bartok: Piano Works
Bartok: Piano Works
Price: £26.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Great performances, 23 Jan. 2016
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To my shame, I'd not heard these performances before. They are marvellous. Foldes plays with love and enormous flair, and the set provides a great conspectus of Bartok's piano music. Highly recommended.


Mahler: Symphony No.1; Barbirolli: Elizabethan Suite
Mahler: Symphony No.1; Barbirolli: Elizabethan Suite
Price: £12.00

3.0 out of 5 stars A lovely performance marred by the recording, 23 Jan. 2016
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I listened to this with the sigh I usually reserve for issues from the Barbirolli Society -- hence only three stars. The performance, Barbirolli conducting the Czech Philharmonic, is lovely, it has a warmth characteristic of Barbirolli but with added flavour because of the occasion (the Prague Spring Festival) and the orchestra. The problem, as often with this label, is the recordng quality. The transfer has been done professionally, but it doesn't come up to the best, such as, for instance, Andrew Rose of Pristine Classical or Mark Obert-Thorn. Perhaps this is because successful transfers of historical material take a lot of time, and that costs money. The Barbirolli Society are understandably keen to rescue every last surviving recording of the great conductor, but budgets are obviously limited. The result is listenable, but frankly only just. A great pity.


Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 15, Grosse Fuge
Beethoven: String Quartets Nos. 13 & 15, Grosse Fuge
Price: £13.38

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The performances themselves are very good, the only releases of a planned complete cycle ..., 27 Jun. 2015
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I'm not sure this deserves four stars, largely because of the flawed remastering. The performances themselves are very good, the only releases of a planned complete cycle of the Beethoven String Quartets by what was one of Britain's leading string quartets in the 1970s and 1980s. The Op. 132 (15th) quartet is excellent, but I'm sorry to say that the Op.130/Op. 133 now seems a bit hesitant. I remember hearing the Fitzwilliams live in Oxford, when they were overwhelming in Beethoven. Now, thirty years later, these recordings don't quite measure up, and I don't think they can compete with other quartets including, say, the Vegh, Italiano, Takacs or the Belcea, to mention only a handful (not to say the sublime Busch Quartet!). But what really mars this issue is the poor quality of the transfers, something notable of other remastering of Fitzwilliam recordings from this source. The sound is shallow and hard, almost as if being taken from LP pressings rather from original tapes.


One For All SV8336 CD/CD-ROM Lens Cleaner
One For All SV8336 CD/CD-ROM Lens Cleaner
Offered by Amufi Gadgets
Price: £7.48

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dodgy product?, 5 Jun. 2015
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This is in fact the third lens-cleaning product I've had from this source. This particular item was confirmed as faulty by the manufacturer (and the price refunded by the seller). But all the One For All products I've tried share a single serious defect: there's no way -- other than by trial and error -- of getting confirmation whether or not the lens-cleaning disc is actually working properly. Normally, you get a spoken message telling you your lens has been cleaned. Granted, this may be misleading, but at least you get some reassurance. Here, you get none. As a result of this disappointment, since I need a reliable lens-cleaner, I've bought one from a more reliable source, costing 75% more.


Breathe Right Breathe Right Nasal Strips Clear Sensitive Skin, Large, 30 each
Breathe Right Breathe Right Nasal Strips Clear Sensitive Skin, Large, 30 each
Offered by united care
Price: £17.85

1.0 out of 5 stars A very poor product, 3 Mar. 2015
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I've been using Breathe Right strips for years, but this time decided to use the slightly different product for sensitive skin. Bad choice! The adhesive on this version barely keeps the strip in place (in fact one night lasting only a couple of hours), destroying its whole purpose. These particular strips are so poor I wonder whether this is the genuine product, rather than a counterfeit. Never again!


PowerOne Hearing Aid Batteries Size 10 - 10 Packs of 6 Cells
PowerOne Hearing Aid Batteries Size 10 - 10 Packs of 6 Cells
Offered by Hearing Direct Ltd
Price: £14.07

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars but this brand is the worst by a long shot, 14 Feb. 2015
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I've just finished using this supply of 60 hearing-aid batteries, and feel compelled to issue a warning. I've used several different makes over the last few years, but this brand is the worst by a long shot. The life of each battery varies by as much as 20%, which is quite a lot in my experience. Even more seriously, the power provided is inconsistent, even erratic at times, and drops off sharply in the last 10% of the life of each pair (which naturally varies depending on the type and make of aid). The quality over the last day or two in each period can deteriorate quite alarmingly (I mean before you get the beeps telling you to put in new batteries). I would never use these again, and wouldn't recommend them.


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 [Vladimir Jurowski, Tatiana Monogarova] [LPO: LPO-0080]
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 [Vladimir Jurowski, Tatiana Monogarova] [LPO: LPO-0080]
Price: £8.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The performance of the Sixth is excellent, but the Fourteenth is one the very best ..., 18 Dec. 2014
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The performance of the Sixth is excellent, but the Fourteenth is one of the very best performances I've ever heard, live or recorded. Thrilling stuff, and showing what a marvellous conductor we have in Jurowski.


Piano Duos
Piano Duos
Price: £6.71

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mozart and Debussy are very good, but the Stravinsky Rite of Spring for four ..., 18 Dec. 2014
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The Mozart and Debussy are very good, but the Stravinsky Rite of Spring for four hands is stunning beyond belief. Worth buying for that alone.
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32x DURACELL Plus Power MN1500 AA Batteries Long-Dated (Total Qty=32)
32x DURACELL Plus Power MN1500 AA Batteries Long-Dated (Total Qty=32)
Offered by LightingandMobileAccessoriesUK
Price: £7.97

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This was a serious disappointment, and I have had redress from the suppliers ..., 18 Dec. 2014
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This was a serious disappointment, and I have had redress from the suppliers already. I bought a large supply precisely because they were advertised as expiring in 2023. In the event, the two packs stated expiry as 2018, though the batteries themselves were marked '2019'. Emphatically not as advertised!


Offering - Live At Temple University
Offering - Live At Temple University
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £24.94

5.0 out of 5 stars but it's marvellous to have these tremendous performances in good sound, along with excellent booklet notes which explain ..., 18 Dec. 2014
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Half of this new album had alrerady been released on a different label, but it's marvellous to have these tremendous performances in good sound, along with excellent booklet notes which explain what's going on in detail that hasn't been available up to now. Definitely worth having if, like me, you're a Coltrane fan.


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