Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane

Not me - a characterful local duck I sometimes see
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Location: Fife, Scotland

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Dvorák - Symphonies Nos 7 - 9 ~ Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Dvorák - Symphonies Nos 7 - 9 ~ Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
These three performances, from a conductor and orchestra firmly in the Dvorak tradition, are warmly satisfying, musical and, when appproriate, exciting too. Supraphon have provided a clean, natural, well-balanced recording which reproduces the excellent acoustics of the Dvorak Hall in Prague - the recordings were made in 1981/2. Following on from great Czech names such as Vaclav Talich and Karel Ancerl, I think Neumann was always underrated in the West, but here he provides accounts which are fully the equal of the best. Their strengths lie in the playing of the orchestra, which still retains some of its famed individual sound, Neumann's ear for detail and balance and an approach to the… Read more
The House of Mirth (Wordsworth Classics) by Elizabeth Ammons
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is an excellent cheap edition with useful numbered notes of a classic pre-Gatsby American novel (it's set in or around 1905), exploring a not dissimilar hugely privileged segment of society and the fortunes of an attractive young member, Lily Bart. Some of the characters are venal, and the lives of most of them self-regarding, self-indulgent and parasitical - it is a world the author knew well - but the writing is so distinguished, precise, understated and witty, that the book deserves its reputation as an American classic. Very strongly recommended.

P.S. (23rd. June 2014) Having read some other reviews, perhaps I should add that the title has little or nothing to do with… Read more
Ute Lemper Sings Weill, Vol.2 ~ Kurt Weill
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I have to disagree with Mrs. Reynolds. It is true, perhaps, that the songs on 'Ute Lemper Sings Weill Vol. 1' are more immediately attractive (and generally better known), but the songs here are full of interest, and as with Vol. 1 the singing is expert, full of character and individuality, and the band plays really punchily. The recording is first-rate too. I'd give it five stars but would not quarrel with 4 - but 2 ........ no.

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