H. A. Wierenga

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Location: The Netherlands


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French Piano Trios ~ The Florestan Trio
French Piano Trios ~ The Florestan Trio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting performance, 31 Dec 2010
On hearing the Fauré trio I instantly felt all typical ingredients of the master's composition were in place: flowing melodies that sing themselves, natural-changing harmonies and an emotionality that seems to be particularly French. With the risk of stating all the clichés that seem to exist about French 19th century music, I can honestly say that the Florestan trio did a very good job in performing this music as it should. There is an intimacy that makes you part of the experience. As a huge Ravel fan, I must say that the trio had to grow on me (mostly because of its dense structure) but once it has done so, it's my favourite on this disk. A must-have, this one. I am looking… Read more
Reservoir ~ Fanfarlo
Reservoir ~ Fanfarlo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great band, great songs, 21 April 2010
Fanfarlo's record for me is a revelation. Good songs, wonderful and exciting arrangements and really an "album-album", not just a collection of songs, but a whole, which is so rare to find these days
My personal favourite is "Comets". The ideal 2010 spring record (although the record was released in 2009).
How the First World War Began: The Triple Entente &hellip by Edward E. McCullough
I read McCullough's book after D. Fromkin's implicit indictment of German allegedly aggressive policy, which, in the hands of people like Moltke, Jagov and Bethmann-Hollweg, supposedly had to lead tot WWI. Fromkin's book is one in a thousand of books which puts the total blame for the war on the Central Powers, thereby affirming the historical stereotypes that have been offered to us for so long. This book is a different piece of cake: it shows how the Entente powers were willingly isolating Germany and preparing for an all-out war against this relative new-comer on the European stage. To take one striking example of the Entente self-assurances of surpremacy in a coming European conflict:… Read more

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