John Shortland

 
Helpful votes received on reviews: 100% (7 of 7)
Location: Oxfordshire, England
 

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,791,700 - Total Helpful Votes: 7 of 7
Handel: Messiah (Foundling Hospital Version 1754) ~ George Frideric Handel
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this to replace the original vinyl version, no longer listened to. It was a good choice. Christopher Hogwood has the most brilliant touch with any musical piece that he turns his attention to. Even after all these years since it was first recorded, the music and the voices have a genuine, honest quality about them - perhaps, because CH has removed much of the over excited 'nonsense' that most put into 'their' version of the Alleluja chorus. When you hear it on this CD you will understand why King George was reputed to have jumped from his seat and insisted on it being sung again!

Highly recommended - buy it - you won't be disappointed.
Unforgotten Exmoor: v.3: Words and Pictures from a&hellip by David Ramsay
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As Vols. 1 & 2, 14 Sep 2011
The fact that I have bought all three volumes speaks for itself so, here, is the review I gave Volume 1 and I haven't changed my mind since!

I should express an interest here - I spent much of my teens and early adulthood with this Exmoor community.

However, this makes a critical review easier - and this book, through the words of local people, brings to the reader a way of life, of skills and of experiences which have so rapidly disappeared from modern living. In this book you share their past amusements, their joys and their sadnesses but, through the writing, look forward with hope to the future. Despite the pressures of the 21st century, some aspects of their way… Read more
Unforgotten Exmoor: Volume one: Words and Pictures&hellip by David Ramsay
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I should express an interest here - I spent much of my teens and early adulthood with this Exmoor community.

However, this makes a critical review easier - and this book, through the words of local people, brings to the reader a way of life, of skills and of experiences which have so rapidly disappeared from modern living. In this book you share their past amusements, their joys and their sadnesses but, through the writing, look forward with hope to the future. Despite the pressures of the 21st century, some aspects of their way of life still exist here or in other places throughout the land. Family photographs help to unite words with places, people and deeds.

My… Read more