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The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
by David Wright
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate 'translation', 12 Feb. 2017
Let it be said from the start: This is one of the supreme books in the history of English Literature. It has everything: knowledgeable, moralistic fables, adventure tales, and hugely enjoyable/humorous stories that happen to be very bawdy too, but reveal human nature in all its guises. Having read Coghill's translation among others I am also convinced, there can be no greater 'translation' on the market than David Wright's. It has to be the definitive edition to buy. I do have great respect and admiration for Coghill's 'Tales' but I cannot see how Wright's version could ever be bettered. It stands along side those other brilliant, definitive translations I own that I believe cannot possibly be improved upon:

Rosemary Edmond's - Anna Karenin (Tolstoy)
Maxwell Staniforth - Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)
R.S.Pine-Coffin - Confessions (Saint Augustine)
R.J.Hollindale - Ecce Homo/Zarathustra (Nietzsche)
Margaret Shaw - Scarlet and Black (Stendhal)
Clifton Wolters - Revelations of Divine Love (Julian of Norwich)
M.A. Screech - Montaigne
Betty Radice - The letters of Abelard and Heloise


Verdi: Luisa Miller
Verdi: Luisa Miller
Price: £14.29

5.0 out of 5 stars contained and beautifully sung Luisa Miller, 4 Jan. 2017
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A solid, contained and beautifully sung Luisa Miller. What makes this the automatic first choice is: the superb conducting of Maazel, the splendid performance of the Covent Garden orchestra and the consistently high quality of the singing. Skipping Obraztova, the singing of Ricciarelli, Domingo, Bruson and Howell is of the highest quality. Ricciarelli and Bruson especially have never sounded better. This has been an often overlooked opera, but it represents Verdi in fine form - moving choruses, moments of real drama and plenty of lyrical, arias make this an opera (and performance) not to be missed for all Verdi lovers.


1605: Treason and Dischord
1605: Treason and Dischord
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5.0 out of 5 stars King's Singers at their best, 12 Dec. 2016
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Listening to the King's Singers has become a passion of mine and on this recording you will find them at their very best. There are several fine vocal ensembles currently to be enjoyed. Out of some new, quality groups, The Tallis Scholars remain the best other unit. But there is something special about hearing 6 solo singers together when they are this good. This disc features, in its entirety, arguably Byrd's best mass - his best piece of music in fact (the other 2 serious contenders being The Great Service and his mass for 5 voices). There is no better version of this (The Mass for Four Voices) than on this disc. Every voice is about as good as it gets. The Concordia Illuminate provide some fine musical interludes and the disc also features a deliciously sung version of Byrd's Civitas Sancti Tui.


Lieder Line By Line: and Word for Word
Lieder Line By Line: and Word for Word
by Lois Phillips
Edition: Paperback
Price: £70.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect companion when listening to German Lieder, 23 Nov. 2016
Such an invaluable book for every singer or indeed any enthusiastic listener of German song. Other reviewers have pretty much said it all. I will add, that there is no book like this on the market. As well as giving you elegant translations each word in its tense is written down. The only downside is that it is currently so highly priced. It you love German Lieder for a full appreciation of the music you really must have this!


Lieder
Lieder
Price: £7.91

5.0 out of 5 stars An enchanting recording, 27 Oct. 2016
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Almost everything has been said of this exquisite disc already. Ameling's pure, beautiful tone is perfectly suited to this perfect set of songs. There are rarities among the Schumann set too. There's something so tender, haunting, yet light, in Ameling's tone that make these recordings so very special. What has not been said in other reviews is that the English translations of the lieder are as good as it gets. I have several translations and these seem to me the most faithful.


The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky (Modern Library)
The Best Short Stories of Dostoevsky (Modern Library)
by David Magarshack
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.50

5.0 out of 5 stars The Essence of a Russian Giant, 10 Mar. 2016
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I had thought that the big four novels contained everything. These short stories however - every one of them superbly translated by Magarshack - give us the very essence of Dostoevsky's world. Some harrowing, some gentle, moving, some deeply profound. Had he written nothing else but these tales he would still be a colossus in Russian Literature.


The Meek One (Penguin Little Black Classics)
The Meek One (Penguin Little Black Classics)
by Fjodor M. Dostojewskij
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £1.00

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential Dostoyevsky, 11 Oct. 2015
If there has ever been a better short story written I'd like to know what it is? This is not light reading but profound and brilliant. I have read both Magarshack's and Pevear's translations of this sombre classic. Magarshack's is easily the better, though Pevear's is not without merit. This story will stay with you long after you put the book down. It is essentially about a man and woman who never get round to understanding what is taking place in the other's heart. They wait too long before revealing their feelings with drastic consequences. It's such a moving tale - almost too much for the heart to take at times. So brilliant is it you are regretting the story will have to end at some point, yet it is the very opposite of a feel-good experience.


A Modest Proposal (Penguin Little Black Classics)
A Modest Proposal (Penguin Little Black Classics)
by Jonathan Swift
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
Price: £1.00

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Consummate Master of Satire, 25 April 2015
Three gems here from an undisputed master of satire (A Short View of the State of Ireland, A modest Proposal & An Examination of Certain abuses...). Beautiful, cerebral prose that makes you laugh but always has you thinking. A Modest Proposal is one the funniest, well written essays in the language.


The Merchant Of Venice - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1980]
The Merchant Of Venice - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1980]
Dvd ~ Warren Mitchell
Offered by movielovers786
Price: £13.65

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless Performances, 9 April 2015
There has never been a greater production of a Shakespeare' play. Act 3 Scene 2 of this play contains probably the greatest poetry Shakespeare ever wrote. It is acted to perfection. John Nettles and Gemma Jones, not discounting their long illustrious careers, have never done anything better. Here are speeches where one needs to 'suit the action to the word, the word to the action'. Sublime poetry. And Jones & Nettles are peerless. How often have I seen this scene? High art I'd call it. The most beautiful language beautifully enunciated. The whole play has just the right mood and the acting overall is of a very high standard, with Warren Mitchel also on top form. I assure you, you will not be disappointed having purchased this play.
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Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
Short Stories (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Edith Wharton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £2.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent collection of short stories by Edith Wharton, 5 Nov. 2014
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This is an excellent collection of short stories by Edith Wharton. Don't be deceived by the cheap edition. This selection of seven superb stories could hardly be bettered. I've never got on with Wharton's Ghost stories. They are too equivocal, the endings too open. This collection deals with real situations which Edith Wharton knew. A passionate student (The Muse's Tragedy), a mercenary public speaker (The Pelican), the difficulties of commitment (The Dilettante), an escaping couple (Souls Belated). The writing, as usual with Wharton, is polished and precise. This is literature to savour, not to rush.


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