Mr. C. Q. Lawrence

"Melomane de Norfolk"
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Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (15 of 16)
Location: Angleterre
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 347,655 - Total Helpful Votes: 15 of 16
A Late Quartet [DVD] [2012] <b>DVD</b> ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
A Late Quartet [DVD] [2012] DVD ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
As a life long chamber musician this was insightful and great fun. Philip Seymour Hoffman's acting lifts it to tremendous levels. Imogen Poots is the other real plus factor. The faking is not excruciating - but not great. Christopher Walken is the least adept. For outstanding faking, look at Melanie Laurent in The Concert - great film.

There are some great apercus about the art of string quartet playing. The comments on what the various instruments bring to the ensemble is insightful. The Brentano's interpretation of Op 131 deserve longer illustration. Very enjoyable.
Sennheiser CX 300 II Precision Noise Isolating Ear&hellip by Sennheiser
Slight niggle that at this price there is not a volume control on the earphone cable - which my previous Sennheiser CX 400 II's had.

The weak point which did for old ones is the right angled jack which did not stand up to ipods in stiff denim jean pockets. Lesson learned. I have had sennheiser almost from the outset some 30 years ago and they are still making great head phones. My PXC 300's have been around the world quite a few times on long hauls over the last 10 or 12 years and still sound great.
2 Pieces for String Octet, Op. 11: No. 1. Prelude:&hellip <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pieces-String-Octet-Op-11/dp/artist-redirect/B001MVALT6">Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
There is a clarity about this interpretation which belies the sometimes congested string writing of the young Shostakovich. Further evidence, if any were needed that ASMF of this vintage - and earlier - was simply world class.