Martin Z

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Location: Norwich, UK .


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Symphony No.9 ~ Bruckner
Symphony No.9 ~ Bruckner
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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
The Poltergeist Prince of London: The Remarkable T&hellip by Shirley Hitchings
4.0 out of 5 stars Naughty Poltergeist, 1 Jun 2014
I enjoyed this book : A well written account of a baffling and enigmatic 1950's and '60's 'poltergeist' case, centering around Shirley Hitchings who was 15 when the strange events began.
I found some of the transcribed messages from the entity very funny. 'Don' the 'Polt' was certainly mischevious, yet undoubtedly some of his antics caused some real harm and distress to the Hitchings family, whose lives he, while at the peak of his powers, to a large degree effectively controlled, before he very gradually faded away.
The authors leave the reader to conclude whether he was a ghost, something mysteriously conjured up telekenetically, a hoax, or some combination of any or all of… Read more