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Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 In-Ear Headphones for iOS- Black/Red
Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 In-Ear Headphones for iOS- Black/Red
Price: £76.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, 5 Sept. 2017
I've nothing to add to the other comments regarding he sound quality or the easily displaced buds - we've only got one left! I agree with the snagging remote comment too. The real problem is that the two year warranty isn't worth a been. Our set recently lost sound in the left ear and no cleaning could bring it back. it did well to last over a year because the previous ones lasted little over six months. That would only be a minor inconvenience if the Sennheiser website states that natural wear and tear is not covered by the warranty.

I have a pair of RHA phones that carry a three year warranty but each time I had a problem they replaced them, which puts Sennheiser to shame.


Villa-Lobos: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 And 11 [Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Isaac Karabtchevsky] [Naxos: 8573777]
Villa-Lobos: Symphonies Nos. 8, 9 And 11 [Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra; Isaac Karabtchevsky] [Naxos: 8573777]
Price: £9.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Late Villa Lobos at his best, 2 July 2017
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Karabtchevsky provides more rounded performances than the alternatives by St. Clair on CPO. Those CPO recordings are crisp and rhythmically tight but these Naxos recordings without sacrificing the rhythmic grip enhance the lyricism and emotional depth. these are three, quite brief, "neo classical" works aimed at impressing North American audiences. My favourite is No 11 which has a strong formal coherence but here displays emotional depths and complexity not so apparent in the CPO recordings. This work is worth the price of the album alone.


Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7
Sibelius: Symphonies 2 & 7
Price: £6.49

1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware, 10 Jan. 2017
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I like this MP3 download recording for the most part. This is a leaner and quicker version of both symphonies than we are accustomed to. Unfortunately one reason is that the third movement of the Second "vivacissimo" is unplayable being mostly white noise interference from almost beginning to end. It's faulty so not worth the money. Amazon customer support confirmed the fault and have fully refunded me. I am very grateful to them but regret this album not being safe to buy when the rest was much to my liking.

If the fault is fixed you'll notice that the timings are quite speedy for the second and finale movements of the Second Symphony. The strings dig very effectively into the second movement and I for one like the quite understated approach to the finale, which can sound bombastic.

The Seventh is brisk too but never feels rushed in the slow outer sections. This does sound like a lean version of this symphony. Tempo changes are judged well but it feels slightly under characterised compared to the best competition. Even so, it's a fine version overall.


Gorecki: Beatus Vir/Totus tuus/Old Polish Music
Gorecki: Beatus Vir/Totus tuus/Old Polish Music
Price: £7.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware, 11 Dec. 2016
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Beatus Vir, the longest work is also available on Naxos. That recording has, for my ears, a better soloist but either version is fine. The main draw of the album is "Old Polish Music". This was one of Gorecki's own personal favourite works. It's a defiantly anti communist work in which ancient Polish themes are successively masdked by increasingly chromatic string writing only for the brass to clear the air and play the old tune unadorned at the end. Here's the problem: If you buy the CD Old Polish Music is listed as being 23 minutes and 51 seconds. here on MP3 it is thirty one seconds shorter. What you lose is the massive, radiant chord: at the end - a massive burst of defiant light.

This is an excellent album but this short changing by Amazon is unacceptable, decapitating a wonderful piece. My advice is to buy the CD unless Amazon choose to correct this terrible error.


PThink® 0.3mm Ultra-thin Tempered Glass Screen Protector for LG G3 with 9H Hardness/Anti-scratch/Fingerprint resistant (LG G3)
PThink® 0.3mm Ultra-thin Tempered Glass Screen Protector for LG G3 with 9H Hardness/Anti-scratch/Fingerprint resistant (LG G3)
Offered by PThink UK Store
Price: £4.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A decent product if you get the full set., 31 Aug. 2016
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This was delivered on time but the screen lacked the peeling label rendering it worthless but with no option to return. I did order a second and this is fine (with the peeling label attached this time) and does the job required but having to buy effectively two for the price of one is not a good deal.
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Sony MDR-EX650 Earphones with Brass Housing, Smartphone Mic and Control
Sony MDR-EX650 Earphones with Brass Housing, Smartphone Mic and Control
Offered by Emax
Price: £36.50

20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good For The Price, 29 Nov. 2014
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I can see why What Hi Fi rate these so highly but agree with the reviewer who suggests that the Sound Magic EM10 at half the price are not far behind and offers better value. That said: once you've run the Sony's in and adjusted the graphic equalizer downwards at around 4k level (fairly high frequency) - the balance sounds right. These earphones are both spacious and detailed once adjusted - excellent sound and build quality. The issue of the bling that shiny brass brings is a matter for personal taste but their weight is an issue. this could easily be solved with a clip on the lead to support them. This is hardly a deal breaker though.

As for the lack of tangling I have to disagree with most. The material seems durable but mine do tangle and this is largely due to the weighty earphones and the mic knotting up. Again this is a nuisance rather than a deal breaker. I appreciate that the mic doesn't work with some smart phones though it has been fine with my EE Kestrel.

I'd still thoroughly recommend them at this price if you're looking for good sound quality.

postscript: they look well built and my experience of Sony ear phones is that they are durable but these only lasted four months when sound starting failing in one ear and then cutting out in musical climaxes on another mp3 player: that is unusual. I am pleased to report that the suppliers; "Sevenoaks Sound & Vision On-Line" were quick to provide a replacement without any quibble. The replacements are, if anything, richer and more balanced in tone than the first pair. I cannot thank them enough for being so helpful. I'm happy to accept that I was unlucky with the first pair. The earphones themselves may not be quite the incredible value that of the Sound Magic E10S but are a definite step up in quality, offering more clarity and spacious sound stage. They're certainly well worth the money so I strongly recommend them.


Tüür: Seventh Symphony - Piano Concerto
Tüür: Seventh Symphony - Piano Concerto

5.0 out of 5 stars Never mind the singing this music is great, 9 Nov. 2014
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I risk repeating myself a lot when I review the more recent works of Erkki-Sven Tuur: From Symphony no 4 onwards he has built a series of Symphonies that sound far more integrated, structurally coherent and inevitable in their progress, driven in part by his wonderful ear for orchestration featuring shimmering untuned percussion, bubbling woodwinds and strident brass. The effect is often like the waves, movements and changing light on the sea. Like several Nordic and Baltic composers from Sibelius onwards his works feel like a force of nature. Most recently Per Norgard's symphonies bare closest comparison.

The same is true for his concertos too. Like so many of his works both here start with a striking first chord that sets the direction of the work. The works build in waves to big climaxes before ending in perfectly judged clam and reflection. The opening of the Piano Concerto with such a resonant low note from the pianist Laura Mikkola is particularly striking. What is so striking about this work is just how "big" it feels so it comes as a shock that it last little more than twenty minutes. it's quiet ending might not make it a concert hall favourite but is certainly effective for home listening.

The Seventh Symphony is a bit of an odd ball: It carries a subtitle meaning piety or compassion and is dedicated to the Dalai Lama. It includes short choral settings of "compassionate" sound bites from disparate sources but, for the most part, this is another big boned, cohesive symphony. The finale, lasting about half of the work's entire length is one of his most remarkable symphonic achievements. The odd thing here is that the choral settings are contrasted to the orchestral music surrounding it. I'm not sure how spiritually uplifting a few disparate sound bites really is because the whole sounds like it would work perfectly well as a Symphony if you removed the choral settings.

Erkki-Sven Tuur might suggest that the symphonic development and style of the work as a whole is dependent on the settings but it doesn't feel like that to me. The idea for a choral setting came from the conductor here, so you could call this answering a commission. With or without text this is still a mighty symphony and a worthy progression form his previous symphonies. Tuur is possible the most exciting symphonist of his generation for whom, like so many other composers from his region, the Symphony is still seen as the ultimate vehicle of musical expression. Tuur's music sounds modern but is never less than direct and thoroughly engaging. This recording is another excellent addition to his discography.


Orchestral Music of Alberto Ginastera
Orchestral Music of Alberto Ginastera
Price: £7.99

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3.0 out of 5 stars I was unfamiliar with Pampeana No 3 and the Faust overture but there are multiple recordings of the other works available with m, 9 Nov. 2014
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All of the works are well worth getting to know. I was unfamiliar with Pampeana No 3 and the Faust overture but there are multiple recordings of the other works available with many fine advocates. I've got no complaints about the orchestra or recording but a sneaking suspicion I had of Jan Wagner from his recording of Villa Lobos orchestral works has been very much confirmed here. The Villa Lobos works survived the experience but his tendency to take the works at very slow and deliberate tempos have removed the fire that makes Ginastera's work so exciting.

An attractive programme has had the sting taken out of it. This is worth having if you're unfamiliar with the works but best to look elsewhere if you can.


Nørgård: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8
Nørgård: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 8
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing New Norgard, 9 Nov. 2014
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I've read the other reviews and firstly i must say that I agree about the excellence of the performances. I do though think I need to say a few words in defence of the Eighth Symphony, which seems to have been greeted with less enthusiasm than the more tonal First.

The First is an interesting an accomplished early work. Stylistically it takes from Sibelius but I can hear Shostakovich too and it sounds quite similar to Kalevi Aho's later Fourth Symphony. He was of a similar age to Per Norgard when he composed that and I find this later work more poetic and compelling.

For those familiar with the rest of Per Norgard's symphonic output the Eighth might seem a little surprising. Following his glorious use of his infinity series in his wonderful Third Symphony, Per Norgard explored greater emotional extremes whilst building works of great coherence, feeling like a force of nature. Accepting that the Eighth is less tonal than the first it is hardly Second Viennese School. The scoring is far lighter and playful than his preceding symphonies: it sounds like the work of a happy and contented old man. The scoring is more transparent than his mighty Symphonies Four to Six and the many contrasts altogether more whimsical.

Really there's nothing to be scared of in this later work: I found it easier listening the the very earnest but worthy First; a late work at ease with itself built on a lifetime of experience and learning. So why have I only awarded four stars? Nothing to do with the performances it's just, as impressive a symphonic debut as it is, the First isn't a work I'll come back to very often. The Eighth is another impressive addition to one of the great symphonic series of our time.


Tüür: Ärkamine (Awakening)
Tüür: Ärkamine (Awakening)
Price: £7.49

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, 3 Nov. 2014
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Erkki-Sven Tuur's music is being increasingly well served by recordings. Even so, it surprises me that he is still not better known because he is clearly one of the most exciting and accomplished composers alive today. For those more familiar with his orchestral works and his quite visceral symphonies these choral works will come as a pleasant surprise.

These beautiful performances, spaciously recorded capture his love of nature in a more restrained fashion than his orchestral works. "Awakenings" sets texts that capture the awakening of the soul, growth and springtime. The light scoring and harmonies are fresh, airy and open throughout. It is harmonically more modernist than Aavo Part but his influence is clear as well as that of Estonian folk music. It is an enchanting work.

If anything the a capella "the Wanderer's Evening Song" is even more enchanting. This captures a journey through dark forests, seeking the light and home whilst being struck by the wonder and enchantment of the place. In that way it has something in common with Sibelius' "Night Ride and Sunrise" but it sounds very different. the singing is astoundingly good with the vocalising often acting like an orchestral accompaniment. Some of the ambiguous harmonies are ravishing.

"Insula Deserta" was the work that first made his name as a composer (of classical music anyway) combining elements of Part and John Adams "Shaker Loops" with more complex harmonies. It is quite different tot he other two works but is a fine filler.


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