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Portrait Gallery by Edward Greenfield
Portrait Gallery by Edward Greenfield
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a disappointment, 1 May 2014
I owe a great deal to Edward Greenfield for the development of my musical taste and my musical collection. I had hopes of this book but have been very disappointed. The literary style is pretty flat, the anecdotes mundane, and I'm afraid I was pretty bored by what came across as bit of a pot-boiler. I nearly gave it a two star rating but out of respect for Greenfield came up to a three.
Verdi - The Great Operas ~ Roberto Alagna
Verdi - The Great Operas ~ Roberto Alagna
5.0 out of 5 stars what a bargain., 1 May 2014
for the price this is great value with some splendid recordings of great artists from over the years. The sound is always pretty good and for listening in the car on long journeys - my frequent opportunity to listen to whole operas! - these are highly commendable. And if you are new to Verdi, or opera, these will be a great starting point. One or two annoying things eg the names of the artists are not given on the individual card sleeves but listed in the notes. But at this price who is complaining?!
Henri Matisse: A Second Life by Alastair Sooke
Henri Matisse: A Second Life by Alastair Sooke
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks vibrancy, 1 May 2014
Sooke is a good communicator and I greatly enjoy his TV programmes. But this book is disappointing. If ever a book needed colour then this is it; the four greyscale photos inside the front cover may be all that can be afforded in a cheap production like this but they contributed nothing, and merely annoyed. But what an opportunity wasted to use the possibilities of the internet to complement the text - either a dedicated website or at the very least internet references to reproductions of the works discussed. So while I fully understand that this a short guide there was a serious lack of imagination on the part of Sooke and his editor in terms of access to appropriate illustration. If you… Read more

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