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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 22, 23, 24 & 25 ~ Hanover Band
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great early symphonies, 26 Nov 2007
This disc provides an excellent selection of relatively early Haydn symphonies. It displays the range of his experiments with form, such as the slow introduction to number 25, the concertante flute solo in number 24 or the austere chorale-like first movement that dominates number 22 and inspired its nickname. The tempi are well-judged: minuets move with grace, the fast movements really fizz and slow movements are stately without being ponderous. The performances are vividly recorded using period instruments.
Music For Cello And Piano (Yang, Moon) ~ Zoltán Kodály
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 17 April 2007
The Kodaly solo cello sonata is worthy of comparison with the solo suites of Bach and Britten. Sung-Won Yang is completely on top of its technical demands in this impassioned and exciting performance, keeping the momentum going even in the discursive last movement. The other works, for cello and piano, if not quite as inspired as the solo sonata, are also enjoyable. Good recording and sound.
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars WARNING: Cheap is dear, 5 April 2007
The four stars are for the content of this book, rightly regarded as a free-thinking classic. However, potential buyers should note that this Cosimo Classics edition is very badly produced, with many misspellings and layout errors. The worst of these is that the footnotes all appear embedded in the following text - in the standard text font - instead of at the bottom of the page, usually cutting a sentence in two, sometimes splitting an individual word. Look at page nine of the 'See Inside' option to see what I mean.