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Don Giovanni: Libretto
Don Giovanni: Libretto
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Edition: Paperback
Price: £4.95

5.0 out of 5 stars The best, 21 Feb 2014
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Of the Schirmer libretti, this is easily the best. But, then it would be - WH Auden and ChesterKallman. Not much that is literal so if yu wnat it to help your Italian, choose another.


Puccini: Turandot
Puccini: Turandot
Price: £16.22

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I don't think you could get better, 22 Sep 2013
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Turandot herself, of course, does not sing a note until the opera has been running for an hour. When she does, Joan Sutherland gives it all she's got, which is quite a bit. No wonder the Italians called her "La Stupenda".

By then we have heard Liu's (Montserrat Caballe) Signor Ascolta! Difficult indeed to remain dry-eyed. Then, as Calaf (Lucino Pavarotti) bangs the gong to accept the challenge of the three riddles, Act I ends in a great flourish of Chorus power. For thos of us who heard Caballe when her powers were declining, this interpretation is a revelation.

Also, this stellar cast includes a young Pavarotti singing at the top of his game. No need to discuss Nessun Dorma at any length, he has long since made the aria his own. Indeed, the recent Royal Opera House production hurried the action along as the aria ended, not allowing the audience to call for encores, or indeed express any other opinion.

If you want a Turandot, this is the one to buy.


A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
A Most Dangerous Book: Tacitus's Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich
by Christopher B. Krebs
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.38

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps not really that dangerous, 26 Feb 2013
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Why were the Nazis, Heinrich Himmler in particular, so convinced of the efficacy of mystical routes to power? Whatever the answer to that question, there is plenty of evidence of serious Nazi relic hunting and preparedness to devote resources to recovering artefacts such as.The Spear of Destiny and Thor's Hammer .Christopher Krebs details their search for the manuscript of Tacitus' "Germania" in which the Roman historian describes the noble German tribes that successfully resisted the Legions giving them a very bloody nose. What emerges from this scholarly and fascinating study is a national obsession that Germany has now left behind and the heroism of an Italian family that refused to give them the manuscript that they wanted.


Roman Art and Architecture (World of Art)
Roman Art and Architecture (World of Art)
by Sir Mortimer Wheeler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wheeler at his best, 3 Jan 2013
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The book arrived in perfect, unused condition. Full of asertive opinion and allusive references. Illustrations good with links to all the realms that Wheeler loved so much.


Wagner - Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg [Levine, Heppner] [DVD] [2004] [NTSC]
Wagner - Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg [Levine, Heppner] [DVD] [2004] [NTSC]
Dvd ~ Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
Price: £14.99

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Limits to suspension of disbelief, 4 Dec 2012
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Is it very shallow of me, or is it a sign of the times, that I want young lovers to look at least under thirty? The Walther in this production stretches the limits of a viewer's credulity in this respect, as does Eva. They just do not convince as two people under a powerful compulsion to defy their elders. In fact, they seem to be of the same generation as the elders they are defying. Of course, this is the Metropolitan Opera and James Levine, so the music is excellent, as are costumes, set and supporting characters (Rene Pape/Thomas Allen - it is going to be good). Unfortunately, opera now demands more than singing from the leads. Hope this does not come over as too discriminatory!
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