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Tir Na Nog - Symphonie Celtique
Tir Na Nog - Symphonie Celtique
Price: £21.51

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 8 Oct. 2007
Let me begin to say that reviewer Alogilvy "Al" from the UK has already put forward most of the reasons why I give this work five stars.

When trying to marry different rhytms and "influences" the results are not always good. Actually, I find that most of the efforts made are a bit lacking since it's wasy to ampliate the shortcomings of each style instead of their combined merits. "Tir na nOg" is fortunately one of the best works I know that manages to pull that in such perfection that I can't help feeling shivers down my spine when listening to it even after years of continual listening. While it's obvious that Alan Stivell uses many different influences the outcome is surprisingly "pure" in the way it is presented, and the aethereal nature of most the the musics attest to the brilliant execution. A Symphony it is, and undoubtebly Celtic in its essence and ressonance, with some of the most inspiring bagpipe and harp sequences I have come across in this genre of neo-traditional recreations, there are some tracks that in my eyes are almost hymns honouring a difuse and hard to explain mix of tradition and modernity that is absolutely compeling to my ears.

Foucault's Pendulum
Foucault's Pendulum
by Umberto Eco
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and in a genre of its own, 14 Dec. 2004
This review is from: Foucault's Pendulum (Paperback)
In a day were the "The Da Vinci Code" is the bed time book of scores of families -- and other books are riding the popularity of it -- "Foucaults' Pendulum" remains the undisputed and unmatched book on "conspiration theories" and alternative christian interpretation. It's interesting that a work plainly marked as fiction and that doesn't pose for anything else is more well researched and backed than books that try to sell an "authoritary" look.
This book, while not without some small shortcomings, is adictive and extremely compelling. The Templars, the Priory, Christ, R+C, the Cathars, the FM, the Grail, all this and much, much more is connected in a game-like manner by the main characters in the book. The dialogues are witty and the characters well-developed.
It's harder to read than other books of the genre, but in a way "Foucault's Pendulum" is in it's own genre... the sheer ammount of information presented, the use of several languages, the use of unheard of symbols and facts, all combines to make the book a bit dense but very rewarding.
Eco, at the same time he exposes the leaps of faith and logic that some theories make in the way of reaching a suitable conclusion, shows the joy and motivation in the process of contructing alternative theories and even fleshes out some extremely interesting historic connections.

The Grand Peregrination: Being the Life and Adventures of Fernao Mendes Pinto (Aspects of Portugal)
The Grand Peregrination: Being the Life and Adventures of Fernao Mendes Pinto (Aspects of Portugal)
by Maurice Collis
Edition: Hardcover

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 23 Feb. 2004
"Peregrination" is a immersive, absorving and peculiar book. It's the report on Fernao Mendes Pinto, a Portuguese that in this book records the adventures (some of them unbelivable!) that he had travelling troughtout the Portuguese Empire (and beyond!).
It's a refreshing view on the aftermath of the Discoveries since it's a first person account and as such the ammount of detail on what really could happen at the time is enourmous.

It's also brilliant because it can be viewed as an "adventure book" and it casts some light on the motivations and conditions of the people that made this kind of journeys. It's not a cold look at the historic merit of portuguese expansionism, it's a book where the main character is captured, enslaved, travels troughout the world, seeks gold and richness, has interactions with distant Kingdoms, all this written in short sequential chapters (of the kind that starts "Where it will be told how we encountered Pirates near the coast of Malaca, and how we survived" ).

People that like historic novels and/or are interested in a first-person view account of this great adventure should get this book. The ammount of historical wealth in it and the different view it presents are worth reading it. Add to this the fact that the book is very interesting by itself even if it was fiction and you won't regret reading it.

Cantigas De Amigo
Cantigas De Amigo

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding production, 5 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Cantigas De Amigo (Audio CD)
This is a really high quality production. The songs capture the ambiance of mediaeval galaico-portuguese music in a superb way. the "cantigas d'amigo" of western iberian origin are songs (sang in the older form of portuguese known as "galaico-portuguese") in which the poet puts himself in the persona of the lady that is longuing for her lover. This is the opposite from the "chanson d'amour" from Southern France (Languedoc). The instruments used for this CD are a faithful reproduction of medieval ones. All in all an outstanding CD for lovers of medieval music.

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