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Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum by Paul Roberts
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is a wonderful book, probably one of the best possible non-specialist publications on Pompeii and Herculaneum and the life and abrupt demise of these provincial Roman cities. The exhibition at the British Museum was a marvel, and you will want this if you went. But it is also a good alternative if you are not able to get to there, being distinguished in its own right. It is exceptionally and richly illustrated with wonders to the eye. The text is also engrossing and enlightening, making that human connection between our age and 'theirs' of two thousand years ago. Much is familiar, startlingly so at times, even moving. The Amazon hardcopy I bought was almost half the price of the… Read more
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey [Blu-ray 3D + Bl&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Hugo Weaving
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Having just watched this film, I feel compelled to review it (something I don't normally do for this type of movie)just to try and help counteract the vitriolic comments and critics' campaigns against it and its director in newspapers like The Guardian. Since its release, there has been something of a witch-hunt against The Hobbit, verging on hysteria among those very vocal purists. Contention seems to range from the interpretation of Tolkien's book, to making it in three not two parts, to the technical decision to film in 48 frames per second (not 24). Peter Jackson must be wondering if releasing the forthcoming instalments is now worth bothering about. It certainly is. Under some… Read more
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 7, 'Leningrad' [Vasily &hellip ~ Vasily Petrenko
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I approached the new Petrenko interpretation of this Shostakovitch seventh with high expectations. It certainly has a fabulous recording, if at a slightly lower sound level than, say, the tenth symphony (an extraordinary issue on all levels); I found myself having to turn the sound up higher than usual for this one. As for the work, it needs to be said that this is one of the least characteristically 'Shostakovitch' of the fifteen symphonies, sharing similarities with the eleventh and twelfth. The three together represented 'official' Soviet music which the composer was compelled to produce from time to time. But I believe the seventh to be a substantial and powerful work with the right… Read more

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