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Bach: English Suites 1, 3 & 5
Bach: English Suites 1, 3 & 5
Price: £8.08

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dazzling, 22 May 2015
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Crystal clear and intense. These performances really make you sit up and listen.


Turner and the Elements
Turner and the Elements
by J. M. W. Turner
Edition: Hardcover

3.0 out of 5 stars Great watercolours, but the text is underwhelming., 22 May 2015
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This is a specialised catalogue of an exhibition mainly of Turner watercolours. They're well reproduced. The book's title led me to expect an exploration of Turner's engagement with the elements, but it doesn't really push that idea--just uses it as a theme to divide up the images. The watercolours are great, and if you're after the pictures then you won't be disappointed, but this isn't a survey of the key major works.


The Cuisine of the Rose
The Cuisine of the Rose
by Mireille Johnston
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars Burgundian enthusiasm, 1 Jan. 2015
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Lucid, practical and charming. This is a lovely book of regional recipes, some of them very simple and unexpected. There's everyday things as well as the more elaborate ideas for special occasions, but it's the writing that makes the book work--the love of the region and its produce--the unforced enthusiasm is persuasive and the book is a delight.


Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 and 22
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 21 and 22
Price: £15.88

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5.0 out of 5 stars Vitality, 25 Mar. 2013
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An authoritative, precise and delightful recording, marked by the musical liveliness of the performance. There are no gimmicks or affectations, but its vitality makes it stand out from the crowd. The recording allows the interplay of the instruments to come through in a way that reminds me more of chamber music than of big orchestral works. It is mainstream repertoire and the performers play all the right notes, of course, but there's a sense of exuberance in the playing that makes for compelling listening. It's one to treasure.


Deucalion
Deucalion
by John Ruskin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £13.99

2.0 out of 5 stars Not well described, 13 Sept. 2012
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This review is from: Deucalion (Paperback)
This is the text of volume 2 only of a multi-volume work. I'm not sure how many volumes it would have altogether, but it would be useful to have volume 1, which doesn't seem to be available. Deucalion is supposed to be a collection of Ruskin's texts about geology, but volume 2 is ostensibly and rather whimsically about serpents, though geology is no doubt there in the detail. The full multi-volume text of Deucalion might have been bound in one volume (this one is slim) and would be a substantial work. The product description should have been more informative.


Modern Gastronomy: A to Z
Modern Gastronomy: A to Z
by Ferran Adrià
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £41.99

5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the home cook, 16 Feb. 2010
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The El Bulli restaurant is the stuff of legend, but this book doesn't make its magic more accessible. It is more for food scientists than cooks, and there's no point coming to it in the hope of recipe ideas, but it will tell you why meat goes brown or what Mannitol is. I can't imagine who it's aimed at. The blurb says that the book has suggestions for use of the various things that are defined, but the suggestion is as likely to be to use it as a preservative in canned food, or "in neutraceutical foodstuffs" (entry for "flavonoids", which have "no known use" in restaurants). I daresay someone will have a use for this book, but I can't think who exactly.


Rameau: Les Indes galantes - Opéra de Paris [DVD] [2004] [2010]
Rameau: Les Indes galantes - Opéra de Paris [DVD] [2004] [2010]
Dvd ~ Danielle de Niese
Price: £29.99

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer delight, 14 Aug. 2007
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Rameau's music is performed brilliantly here, and its many moods are supported and enhanced by the visual material--colourful stage sets, playfully exotic costumes and graceful dance. There is plenty to watch here, as well as to listen to, and the staging is spectacular. The emotional intensity of some of the scenes comes mainly from the singing, and works well enough on CD, but the DVD comes into its own with the spectacular set-pieces, such as volcanic eruptions, and the charm of the more light-hearted dances. My own favourite was the one where the dancers are all in giant flower pots. The general exuberance and high spiritedness of the piece is such that William Christie joins in at the curtain call, when there is a reprise of the Native Americans' big dance number with everyone doing stylized turkey-movements, Christie included. Entrancing and joyful.


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