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Paradise Lost by John Milton
Paradise Lost by John Milton
I believe this is the version which features Anton Lesser's reading. If so, it is quite astonishing and depressing that such an extraordinary rendition should be out of distribution. Someone needs to republish it as soon as possible.

PS. For the avoidance of any mistake: I am not Anton Lesser. But I did and do find this recording absolutely brilliant.
John MacNab by John Buchan
John MacNab by John Buchan
Oh this is a good open air book - action, philosophy, love and a bit with a dog. Even, towards the end, shades of PG Wodehouse. Highly recommended.
Shostakovich, D.: Symphonies, Vol. 2 - Symphonies &hellip <a href="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Shostakovich-D-Symphonies-Vol-Nos/dp/artist-redirect/B002QSD5NS">Vasily Petrenko</a><span class="byLinePipe"> | </span><span class="byLinePipe">Format:</span> MP3 Download
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Interesting recording of the Fifth.
In a nutshell, I was disappointed by what seemed like a slightly underpowered, disengaged first movement - somehow I have developed a mindset and assumption that elevates Shostakovich's first symphonic movements as the core of the piece. But that's just not how Petrenko sees it, for any sacrifice of emotional involvement is more than compensated for by an absolutely ravishing and committed third movement.

It amounts to an emotional rebalancing of the whole symphony. Which is why I'm a bit puzzled about the complaints about the fourth movement - no he's not rushing it, but why should he after the profundities of the third movement? Treating… Read more

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