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Brahms: Piano Concerto 2
Brahms: Piano Concerto 2
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Price: £17.16

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Titanic performance, 24 Dec. 2015
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Serkin was one of the great exponents of Brahms and his last performances of the concertos with Szell are among the very finest available. I learned the number 2 from Serkin's fiery earlier mono with Ormandy but this titanic performance matches it. Tremendous!


La Cenerentola: Teatro Alla Scala (Abbado) [DVD] [2005]
La Cenerentola: Teatro Alla Scala (Abbado) [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Frederica von Stade
Price: £13.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A True Joy!, 19 Dec. 2015
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This has to be one of the greatest productions ever of an opera. Alright it's a film with lip synch but it is superbly done. Ponnelle's production is an all time classic, funny but with plenty of pathos. Abaddo conducts with more élan and fizz than he did on his audio recording and the cast is absolutely superb. Well acted, superbly sung and directed. To single anyone out would be an injustice but by the end if you're not hopelessly in love with Frederica von Stade then you're not human!


Verdi: Nabucco
Verdi: Nabucco
Price: £13.78

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hopeless software!, 20 Sept. 2015
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This review is from: Verdi: Nabucco (Audio CD)
I have just purchased these discs and was somewhat dismayed to find the libretto had to be obtained on line instead of being with the discs. I have done what the booklet and the website suggests but there is absolutely no way I can access the libretto. This is a severe fault with the discs and the reason for the one star. I cannot recommend this at all as it falls far short of the standards we expect. I fell Decca are pulling a fast one in producing non-customer friendly software in order to gain access to people's emails for publicity purposes. Hopeless!


Mozart: Piano Concerto K.466 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3; Rondo WoO 6 (DG The Originals)
Mozart: Piano Concerto K.466 / Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.3; Rondo WoO 6 (DG The Originals)
Price: £8.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 28 May 2015
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Fantastic performances from Richter. I bought it for the Mozart which is sublime but the Beethoven is even better. Wonderfully poetic performance, one of the greatest on disc. Recordings are good for the day although the string tone in the Mozart can be a bit thin. But buy this for Richter at his peak!


Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 1
Wagner: Die Walküre, Act 1
Price: £60.75

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the classic recordings featuring two of the greatest singers of their - or any - generation, 22 April 2015
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One of the classic recordings featuring two of the greatest singers of their - or any - generation. Plus a conductor who makes Wagner actually seem lyrical. Quite an achievement! A great recording despite very dated sound.


Flymo Power Trim 500XT 500-Watt 25cm Double Autofeed Head Electric Grass Trimmer
Flymo Power Trim 500XT 500-Watt 25cm Double Autofeed Head Electric Grass Trimmer

1.0 out of 5 stars Awful line feed!, 22 April 2015
I had one of the old Flymo strimmers for many years. It's chief problem was with the streaming line feed and when it ran out it would take quite a bit of time getting it set up again. That was, however, a single line feed. This one has a double line feed thought up by some genius who has obviously never used a strimmer. The line feed is again poor to non-existent but now instead of having to fiddle with one line feed you have two which compounds the problems. When it's working it's fine but the design of the line feed is awful. Not recommended!.


Symphony No 6
Symphony No 6
Price: £4.50

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible transfer, 26 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Symphony No 6 (Audio CD)
The one star is not for the performance which is fine but the awful pressing which misses out the opening bars of the third movement. There is a fair amount of distortion too. So avoid this particular transfer.


Mozart: Don Giovanni [Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Alexander Tsymbalyuki] [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Mozart: Don Giovanni [Mariusz Kwiecien, Alex Esposito, Alexander Tsymbalyuki] [Blu-ray] [2014] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Mariusz Kwiecien
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Price: £29.21

4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally misguided, 12 Feb. 2015
Kasper Holten is another of these modern directors who considers he knows better what Mozart / da Ponte wanted rather than the geniuses who created the opera in the first place. So the thing is set round Giovanni's loneliness and sense of longing, a bizarre idea for a psychopathic sex addict. So the last scene is cut and mangled to make sure it fits with Holten's barmy conception of the piece. Hence despite some good singing and performances the whole thing feels wrong - to those who prefer Mozart / da Ponte to Holten. Donna Anna apparently is taken with Giovanni and throws herself at him in spite of the fact Giovanni has murdered her father. The whole thing struggles against the text to fit the concep[tion of a misguided director. Absolutely terrible! And the conducting isn't much good either.
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Mozart : Don Giovanni. Waechter, Price, Schwarzkopf, Berry, Karajan.
Mozart : Don Giovanni. Waechter, Price, Schwarzkopf, Berry, Karajan.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, 12 Feb. 2015
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An amazing performance very different to Karajan's later one for DG. Here tempi are swift, almost breathless at times. The whole thing is dramatically on a knife edge. But Karajan knows how to relax - like Price's Act 3 aria. The cast could not be bettered - Schwartskopf, Price, et al. The recording is fair but quite serviceable. At the price this is a steal to get to know Karajan live. a different animal from the studio.


Wagner: Die Walküre
Wagner: Die Walküre
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Price: £31.54

5.0 out of 5 stars To be heard for the conductor, 10 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: Wagner: Die Walküre (Audio CD)
This set must be heard for the conductor who is on top form here. It is a thrilling ride from beginning to end. The cast could be better. Model and Rysanek have been in better voice while Suthaus is reliable and just why they chose Franz over Hotter as Wotan is a mystery. However, a very valuable record of Furtwangler's conducting in good mono sound. For better sound and a better cast try Karajan


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