Martin Z

Helpful votes received on reviews: 78% (35 of 45)
Location: Norwich, UK .


Top Reviewer Ranking: 41,130 - Total Helpful Votes: 35 of 45
Blood Harvest: My hunt for Jack the Ripper by David Andersen
David Andersen, who has been studying and researching the Jack The Ripper case since the 1960's, here forensically (so far as that is possible, given the passage of time) deconstructs arguments in favour of the guilt of several well-known suspects, and takes a fresh look at an 'old favourite', who in recent decades has become an unfashionable contender.
I may well have awarded 5* if not for many commas seemingly scattered around at random, and some glaringly uncorrected typing errors.
Also, in common with some other non-fiction writers, he uses the phrase 'in any event...' rather too often.
But it's otherwise well-written, and unlike some other books on this subject that I've… Read more
Symphony No.9 ~ Bruckner
Symphony No.9 ~ Bruckner
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Just a quick review to counter the bizarre one posted on 24/03/2014 by ab, which is to date the only other review of this recording on Amazon by a UK based reviewer.
Although I collect classical cds I'm neither a musician or a musicologist. The only other recording of Bruckner's 9th that I know is the classic BPO/Karajan 1976 studio recording, which is very fine indeed.
As is this 1966 recording of Karajan's BPO conducted by Eugen Jochum. Both bring out the majesty, mystery, spirituality and nobility of this awesome symphony supremely well.
Having just listened, on headphones, I have no complaints whatever about the sound quality of this Jochum recording, which is almost, not… Read more
Mendelssohn: Orchestral Works ~ Felix Mendelssohn
Mendelssohn: Orchestral Works ~ Felix Mendelssohn
Not really a proper review : Just pointing out that, at least as regards the edition of this that I bought from an Amazon seller, with the same cover as depicted here : There are three cds, of Mendelssohn's complete string symphonies - Not also discs 4, 5 and 6 as stated.
Although 6 cds would comfortably fit into the case there are only spaces to mount three discs.
As for the performances of the string symphonies, by the English String Orchestra conducted, in 1988, by William Boughton, my first impression was that they were somewhat lacking in charm. But, listening again, they are enjoyable, and at the cheaper prices available this set is a bargain, if one accepts that the other… Read more