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R. Strauss: Orchestral Works ~ Richard Strauss
R. Strauss: Orchestral Works ~ Richard Strauss
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just buy it, 9 Mar 2014
If you love Richard Strauss and the various Tone Poems and Orchestral works - buy this; just order it and buy it!
Henry: Virtuous Prince by David Starkey
Henry: Virtuous Prince by David Starkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, but........, 20 Jan 2014
David Starkey is one of those characters that you either admire or loathe and it certainly comes through in his writing and particularly this book.
I have read a number of Starkey's books about the Tudor period and one cannot fault his masterly way of presenting one of the most bloody and fascinating periods in British history.
In this first part of his biography of Henry VIII, Starkey covers the ground with skill, detail and a speed which makes this history book a veritable page-turner - but for those who find his personal interjections annoying, this book may be difficult to appreciate. This book covers the period up to the premonition of Wolsey's downfall and it certainly is a… Read more
Beruhmte Celloromanzen ~ Geringas David
Beruhmte Celloromanzen ~ Geringas David
I bought this collection on vinyl many, many years ago as I wanted a recording of the Respighi in particular, but it was a joy to hear many of the other cello pieces played so beautifully.
The CD has incorporated a number of other works, some familiar and others unknown - to me at least. The works by Bruch, Dvorak and Sibelius are well known but the pieces by Schmitt and Glasunov were a welcome introduction. Those perennial favorites by Saint-Saens, the Romanze and Le Cygne, are as movingly played as anywhere else in a cellist's repertoire.
However, the CD is crowned by the recording of Respigi's 'Adagio con variazione' which I think is one of the most heart-breakingly beautiful… Read more