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Knappertsbusch Conducts Bruckner
Knappertsbusch Conducts Bruckner
Price: £45.29

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable Bruckner from a bygone age., 4 May 2016
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I really like this box of Bruckner symphonies conducted by Hans Knappertsbusch. I know the other reviewer is critical of the sound, describing it as flat, but I don't find it to be unlistenable. You've just got to accept the limitations of older recordings; I find that if the performance is good enough to hold your attention your ears tends to automatically adjust to the more limited sound range.


Chord Crimson Vee 3 RCA Interconnect (0.5 metre)
Chord Crimson Vee 3 RCA Interconnect (0.5 metre)
Offered by Peter Tyson Online
Price: £39.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality interconnect - a very worthwhile upgrade., 17 Nov. 2015
I've found the Chord Crimson Vee 3 to be a substantial upgrade to the ones that come bundled with cd players, amps etc. The bass was fuller, the treble less harsh and the overall sound had a higher quality feel to it. I did compare it to a friend's more expensive Atlas Hyper, and found it to be at least equal to it. And of the two, I preferred the Chord Crimson Vee 3.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb cable, why pay any more., 20 May 2014
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This cable has been recommended on many hi-fi forums and is a real bargain; it is made from ultra pure oxygen free copper. I'll be honest and admit that I wanted to pay more for a big name speaker cable. But I thought, what the hell for twenty or so pounds I may as well give it a go - and I'm glad I did. This is an excellent cable that sounds a lot more expensive that it really is; apparently, PMC use this cable to demonstrate their speakers at big shows and professional studios use it for near field monitoring.

It has a pure, clear sound with a rich bass and adds nothing of itself to the overall sound - that's good! It means you hear the music exactly as your amplifier and source produces it with no colouration from the cable. I use it on an Arcam FMJ A38 and FMJ CD37 with Tannoy Revolution DC6T SE speakers and the sound is fantastic - a huge improvement on the QED cables I was using previously.


Olivier Messiaen: Turangalīla-Symphonie
Olivier Messiaen: Turangalīla-Symphonie
Price: £15.43

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording in very good sound., 22 Nov. 2011
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This is a clean cut, more modern sounding Turanglila than the versions I had encountered before - Previn, Ozawa & Nagano. To my mind it sets the standard for recordings of this fantastical piece of music and was judged to be the finest version in BBC Radio 3's Building a Library a few years ago.


Neotech Mega AX Strap Guitar Strap Black Neoprene
Neotech Mega AX Strap Guitar Strap Black Neoprene
Offered by John Myatt Woodwind and Brass
Price: £28.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really comfortable strap., 15 Nov. 2011
In brief: this is a superb strap which is extremely comfortable for long periods of playing - particularly if you have a heavy guitar such as a Les Paul.

It's the best strap I've ever used; a bit pricey, but it's made in America and has high quality leather fittings.


Bach - Complete Organ Works
Bach - Complete Organ Works

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances, 21 Mar. 2011
These are wonderful performances - and being recorded by Bis, are in truly excellent sound. I think this box set is being withdrawn so pick up a copy now whilst you are still able. Thoroughly recommended.


Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Complete)
Beethoven: Piano Sonatas (Complete)

6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary performances., 14 Mar. 2011
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I'm amazed that there aren't any reviews highlighting how good these performance really are. They are imho really up there with the very best. But don't just take my word for it read the review from Jed Distler, who regularly reviews for Gramophone, on classicstoday[]

"Artistic Quality 10/9 Sound Quality."

"Brilliant Classics makes Friedrich Gulda's 1967 Amedeo Beethoven cycle available on the American market for the first time since Philip's mid-1980s reissue. Amadeo's own CD edition was marred by fake reverb and only one access track per sonata. Happily, Brilliant Classics leaves the closely miked, slightly dry, yet full-bodied and viscerally impactful engineering as is, and provides tracks for each individual movement. The performances contast to Gulda's recently reissued 1950s Beethoven cycle: they're tougher-skinned, more rhythmically compact, brisker, and leaner. Don't expect tonal warmth and inward expansiveness, that's not Gulda's 'm.o'.

The pianst's headlong, concentrated treatment of the Op. 10 sonatas typifies his Beethovian aesthetic (the C minors's finale couln't be more Prestissimo if it tried!), as does his unconventionanlly brisk and terse way with the Op. 26 'Funeral March' sonata. Similarly, the Op. 31 triumvirate takes no prisoners as Gulda rubs the music's ruthless dynamic contrasts and unpredictable accents upside your ears. You'll never hear so relentless, unyielding, and unromantic an Appassionata, which, depending on your taste, is either good or bad. Such an interprative gambit works better for Op. 101's fugal entanglements, but the lyrical Op. 110 proves too tense and unpoetic for my taste (his rapid, severe 'Hammerklavier' sonata slow movement is more convincing). By contrast, Gulda's relatively free treatment of the Moonlight's famous opening Adagio sostentuto plays against type, and his flexibly phrased, imaginatively nuanced Op. 54 is one of the best on disc.

One performance truly baffles. Gulda arrogantly flexes his bravura muscles throughout the 'Walstein' first movement, plays the introduction to the rondo in a flip, insensitive manner that is anything but the Adagio Molto Beethoven specifies, and fusses with the Rondo's basic tempo to the point where the music runs into the ground. Despite its quirks and occasional miscalculations, Gulda's Beethoven remains a stimulating, proactive experience that weathers the inroads of time and fashion well. In this respect, Gulda deserves serious consideration alongside Beethovian individualists as dissimilar as Schnabel, Kempff and Arrau. A classic set."

(Also, have a look at the reviews for these sonatas at amazon.com!)


Mozart - Complete Piano Sonatas
Mozart - Complete Piano Sonatas
Price: £51.92

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Distinguished readings., 8 Jan. 2009
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I really can't better the Gramophone review from September 2007 so I make no apologies for quoting it here in full: "One superb pianist who isn't covered in Summer's tome is Reine Gianoli, French born and a one-time pupil of Cortot, Nat and Fischer. Some while ago in these pages I drew attention to a stereo Accord set of Schumann's complete piano music and now Doremi have resissued Gianoli's early-'50s Westminter set of Mozart solo piano music, supplementing it with two "BAM" recordings (K397 & 511) from the late 1940s. Gianoli's Mozart reminds me of Casadesus's, its poise, forthrightness and occasional austerity, though her touch can also be seductively warm. I'd call it a set to rank alongside the two each by Kraus and Pires, not to mention Uchida and Gieseking."


Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Pomp And Circumstance Marches / In The South
Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Pomp And Circumstance Marches / In The South
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Price: £6.99

2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performances., 4 April 2008
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In brief: these are superb performances which have been much lauded since their original release.


Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas
Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £30.72

11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful performances., 2 April 2007
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These recordings by Kempff are absolutely essential listening. They bring out the beauty in Beethoven which many pianists simply pass over: this is particularly true in the early sonatas. You may already own a number of different versions of these sonatas but these interpretations are not to be missed!


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