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Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo (Solo). Manuscript, 1725
Sonata for Violoncello and Basso Continuo (Solo). Manuscript, 1725

1.0 out of 5 stars Great editions but this one is incorrectly bound, 9 Dec. 2015
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These are beautifully produced facsimile editions and I have bought a number.

Sadly I am very disappinted with this one which has a serious printing problem. Eight pages are printed out of sequence. The publishers know this and supply an errata sheet but it is not terribly practical to use sheet music where you have to flick about to find the next page in an unnumbered sequence of pages.

It is also not good that they don't warn buyers and still charge full price.

I have written to Anne Fuzeau Productions but so far have not received a reply.


Potato Head Blues (Comic+2 Cd's)
Potato Head Blues (Comic+2 Cd's)
Price: £10.66

4.0 out of 5 stars Good CDS ... comic is in Spanish, 9 Dec. 2015
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Bought it for the CDs but be warned the 'comic' is not in English it is entirely in Spanish.


The Bafut Beagles
The Bafut Beagles
by Gerald Malcolm Durrell
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant one of Gerald's best books, 21 Sept. 2015
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I have read most of Gerald Durrell's books over decades but I have a huge soft spot for the Bafut Beagles. Combining Durrell's writing style, descriptions of a far away land, animals but most of all the people (and especially the Fon) this is loving account of a way of life now gone.

Filled with humour, much of it laugh out loud it is a brilliant read.


Bach2 The Future [Fenella Humphreys] [CHAMPS HILL: CHRCD102]
Bach2 The Future [Fenella Humphreys] [CHAMPS HILL: CHRCD102]
Price: £13.76

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably assured and beautiful performances, 7 Sept. 2015
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I first heard of Fenella Humphreys via a friend on Facebook promoting her Kickstarter project to commission 6 new works for solo violin by British composers that were inspired by Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin. The initial project was for the first three commissions and I made a minor contribution to the kickstarter project and sat back and waited to see what would happen.

Well the long wait is over and the CD has just been released and I really can't believe my ears. The playing is truly beautiful throughout and the balance between established repertoire, some lesser known gems that should be heard more and the first three commissioned works is really exciting. It has also been given a 5 star review by BBC Music Magazine and award Instrumental Choice of the Month (October 2015 issue).

It is hard to imagine anyone playing any of these works better and the CD deserves to be on any music fans shelf and listened to regularly.

The second three commissions (by Adrian Sutton, Sally Beamish and Sir Peter Maxwell Davies) where recently given their premiere performances at the Orkney Festival at Kirkwall Cathedral and I can't wait for the next CD release.


Six Caprices for Cello: Op. 11 For Cello Solo
Six Caprices for Cello: Op. 11 For Cello Solo
by Paul M Fleury
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.75

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid ... poor quality., 18 Mar. 2015
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Very poor quality printing and glue binding means it wouldn't work on a music stand. Also doesn't include cello 2 part.

Buy the Schott edition instead (very clear edition and includes second cello part) or even download and print your own (legally) from IMSLP (it looks like this edition is a straight print from the PDF file on IMSLP but there is a better quality PDF there which includes the second cello part)


Manfred Symphony
Manfred Symphony
by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.59

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible printing and useless binding for a piano duet score, 10 Nov. 2014
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"These are out of print or historical editions, which we clean, straighten, touch up, and digitally reprint."

All I can say is that this is identical to PDF version you can download for free from the IMSLP/Petrucci Library. In fact that is where they seem to have got it from!

Just print on a cheap laser printer and get a lot better quality than this extremely cheap looking print.

If they did any touching up at all they need to get a new employee and they need to by a better quality printer. It looks like it was printed on a cheap 1980s dot matrix printer with a worn out ribbon and then deliberately smudged.

Add to that the binding makes it impossible to put on a piano and play and you have to wonder what the point of this is.

Save yourself some cash - go to the IMSLP website (it has an org extension) - search for Manfred Symphony and download and print the PDF yourself - if you need it bound use a ring binder or take it to a local print shop and get them to spiral bind it for you (cheap) and you will a much more useable score and better printing.

Very disappointed.


Porpora: Sonata in F major (Cello & Piano)
Porpora: Sonata in F major (Cello & Piano)
by Arr: Sturzenegger Porpora
Edition: Sheet music

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wrong key, missing movement, 11 Oct. 2014
Please note this edition is transcribed into C and the hardest movement is missing. If you need the music for this beautiful sonata Schott produce and excellent edition, and it is cheaper


Russian Cello - Music By Glazunov and Sokolov
Russian Cello - Music By Glazunov and Sokolov
Price: £9.42

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning music, beautifully played, 11 Oct. 2014
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A CD of beautiful music. I hadn't known much about Glazunov before this but I am a convert ... beautifully melodic and passionate writing, matched by equally passionate playing. The Sokolov sonata (written in 2002) is a huge bonus on this recording. A 21st century work that is both engaging and beautiful. The third movement in particular is a hilarious romp and encouraged me to seek out the cellist on this recording to source the music. Fedor Amosov was as helpful and friendly as he is brilliant on this recording ... a talent worth looking out for in future. I recommend this CD highly.


Two Pieces for viola (or violin) and cello
Two Pieces for viola (or violin) and cello
by Rebecca Clarke
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.50

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inconvenient for the cello!, 23 May 2014
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Nice to see this music in print but frustrating layout. Two fantastic pieces by Rebecca Clarke. Music deserves 5 stars BUT ...

The first piece a single score for cello and violin to share (not exactly convenient), the second piece is similarly laid out but with a pullout version for violin/viola but not cello. Given that it is quite a difficult cello part at the page turn it is strange that no separate cello part is included.

I hate it when music is splattered with notices about illegal photocopying when the only way you can play it is to unavoidably have to photocopy pages to be able to play it!! Would given that the it is only 3 sheets of A3 paper plus a cover is it too much to ask for one more sheet of paper - it is expensive enough!


Liszt Now [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Liszt Now [Blu-ray] [2011] [Region Free]
Dvd ~ Lang Lang
Price: £12.53

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bitterly disappointed, 4 Mar. 2014
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Lang Lang is a very talented pianist but if I had wanted a film of a rock concert and a preening rock star I would have bought one.

His playing is very good, as always, but the presentation is truly awful. It is bad enough going to concerts and being confronted with people filming on a mobile phone in front you of but to have to put up with a screaming crowd all watching via their phone on a film of a concert is too much. The whole thing is filmed in front of a huge irrelevant video wall which flashes annoyingly throughout ... you can rarely see the images and when you can they are trite and pointless ... at best it is annoying, at worst epileptics be warned!

Add to that Lang Lang's ego now seems to know no bounds both on and off stage. We are treated to shots of him being given expensive clothes from Harvey Nichols and jumping on and off private jets, surrounded by adoring fans which seem to be content to be treated with amused disdain and a masterclass where at best he seems uniterested in his student. The documentary was so bad it should be renamed Tha Art of Being a Diva. All this against a story of the woes of a difficult childhood spent in the Beijing Conservatory and winning international prizes.

I was a big fan of Lang Lang in the early days, his absorption in the music and connection with audiences were really moving to see, both live and on film. Now it seems staged mannerisms are provided purely for effect, including gurning at the audience, with hints of a self serving 'rock god' punching the air.

Fan no more and sorry I bought this. I won't be buying any more Lang Lang 'product' - the marketing men and cult of celebrity have claimed another victim and the magic has gone.


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