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Debussy: La Mer, Prelude Faune / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe suite 2, Pavane
Debussy: La Mer, Prelude Faune / Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe suite 2, Pavane

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb album of musical impressionism, 22 Oct. 2017
Herbert Von Karajan was noted as a master of orchestral texture and colour, and this can be seen to full effect in this album of impressionistic works by Debussy and Ravel. The main work here, La Mer, is simply sumptuous - a swirling, mysterious world of wind and waves, calm and storm, light and dark. The sound on this 1985 recording is amazing, and that is what for me makes this recording preferable to HvK's 1965 Lar Mer (coupled with Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition). You can of course get both, as I have.

Debussy also contributes Prélude À L'Après-Midi D'Un Faune, and the album's 57 minutes running length is completed by Ravel's Pavane Pour Une Infante Défunte and Daphnis Et Chloé. Like La Mer, all are beautifully conducted, played and recorded.

An album to treasure.


The Man Who Haunted Himself / 92 in the Shade [Soundtrack]
The Man Who Haunted Himself / 92 in the Shade [Soundtrack]
by Michael J Lewis
Edition: Audio CD

4.0 out of 5 stars Superb soundtrack, 21 Oct. 2017
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"The Man Who Haunted Himself" is in my opinion a hugely under-rated film that features a great performance from the much-missed Roger Moore. So I was delighted to find this CD of the wonderful music from Michael J. Lewis. The opening title theme is particularly catchy, and the other tracks are suitably atmospheric.

There are two disappointments, hence the reluctant deduction of one star. First, the quality of the aforementioned main title could be better, without the traffic noise that sometimes obtrudes over the music: the mix works on screen, where you can see the traffic, but is annoying on an album of what should be purely music. Second, there is a missing track: the wild version of the main theme that accompanies the exciting climactic chase. This is a great pity, as most of the other tracks are quiet and reflective, so the contrast would have been welcome.

Overall, though, this is an excellent film soundtrack and highly recommended.

The CD also includes the same composer's enjoyable soundtrack for "92 In the Shade", to make a total running time of exactly an hour.


Linen Zone 800 Thread Count Pure Natural Egyptian Cotton T800 5 Star Hotel Quality Stripe Bedding (Single Flat Sheet, White)
Linen Zone 800 Thread Count Pure Natural Egyptian Cotton T800 5 Star Hotel Quality Stripe Bedding (Single Flat Sheet, White)
Offered by Linen Zone

5.0 out of 5 stars Very good quality sheet, 21 Oct. 2017
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This linen sheet is mid-priced, falling between standard cheap sheets and expensive upmarket ones. For me, if offers a very happy medium, clearly being of more than adequate quality (it feels like it will last a long time) while not being ridiculously pricey.

The linen gives a very pleasant feel that's suitable for all seasons and weathers. And the subtle striping is a nice touch.

You can also buy a matching fitted sheet, Linen Zone 800 Thread Count Pure Natural Egyptian Cotton T800 5 Star Hotel Quality Stripe Bedding (Single Deep Fitted Sheet, White).


Tea People Russian Caravan - 100 tea pyramids
Tea People Russian Caravan - 100 tea pyramids
Price: £25.72

5.0 out of 5 stars Distinctive and delicious flavour, 21 Oct. 2017
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Russian Caravan is a unique and versatile tea, having a distinctive flavour and being yet drinkable as your regular cuppa, with or withour milk. In other words, it's not one of those teas that is enjoyable but benefits from being consumed in moderation, or on special occasions.

This product is not cheap compared with supermarket teas, but I'd say the expense is worth it. And when you see it works out at about 25p a cup, that does not seem too much when you think about what you'd pay in a restaurant or tearoom for the equivalent.

Highly recommended to all who appreciate fine tea.


Spy with my Face: Man from U.N.C.L.E. Movies
Spy with my Face: Man from U.N.C.L.E. Movies
Offered by screen_archives_entertainment
Price: £15.19

5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed UNCLE music, 21 Oct. 2017
This is in essence the original music from the eight films that were put together (in some cases with extra footage) from the corresponding two-part Man From UNCLE TV episodes. The sound quality is excellent, a tribute both to the original recording engineers and the people who've carefully crafted this album - which has a very nice (obviously 007-inspired) cover, and includes an informative booklet about the music and its various composers.

And as for the music itself, the eclectic collection of very listenable pieces includes numerous variations on Jerry Goldsmith's original theme, proving (if any proof were needed) that this is one of the all-time great TV themes, at least the equal of Star Trek and Mission Impossible.

Very highly recommended for fans of the original TV series or anyone who just enjoys great instrumental music with a cool Sixties sound.


Round-Up
Round-Up
Price: £13.68

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous-sounding great western themes, 14 Oct. 2017
This review is from: Round-Up (Audio CD)
This CD is a great showcase for the amazing sound that resulted from the collaboration of Erich Kunzel, the Cincinatti Pops Orchestra, and the Telarc sound engineers. Not forgetting the wonderful source material from composers such as Elmer Bernstein.

For me, highlghts include stunning renditions of the Magnificent Seven and Big Country themes, plus a medley of TV western themes (yes, including Bonanza) and a vocal selection that includes really beautiful versions of Shenandoah and Red River Valley. By the way, the caution at the bottom right of the CD cover is a pointer to a warning in the booklet not to have the volume too high - this is not a marketing gimmick, because the gunshots in the Rifleman TV theme and Gunfight at the OK Corral are really LOUD!

At just over an hour, the running time is fairly generous. However it's the quality and not the quantity that make this album essential.


Star Tracks II
Star Tracks II
Price: £4.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Erich Kunzel, 14 Oct. 2017
This review is from: Star Tracks II (Audio CD)
If you enjoyed the first volume in this set (of two), Star Tracks, don't hesitate to acquire this one as well. Just as enjoyable and slightly longer (55 minutes as opposed to 49), the second volume focuses on the music of Star Trek, with superb suites from several of the films. These are very well supplemented by music from other films of the genre, such as Superman and The Right Stuff. The Telarc sound is just as stunning as on the first CD.

Highly recommended for all fans of science fiction film music, even if you already have the original soundtrack albums for some of these films.


Star Tracks
Star Tracks
Offered by wantitcheaper
Price: £4.20

5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film music album, 14 Oct. 2017
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This review is from: Star Tracks (Audio CD)
This is a fantastic album for anyone who enjoys the music of films like Star Trek, Star Wars, and Superman - all of which are generously represented on this 49-minute CD. Yes, most of the pieces can be obtained in other forms, either as the original soundtrack recordings or in some other arrangement. What sets this CD apart is the impeccable standard of the arranging and conducting, plus Telarc's stunning sound quality.

Recommended especially for fans of John Williams, who is the composer of almost all the tracks. If you have the original Star Wars albums, this is also well worth listening to - after all, you can never really have too many arrangements of the great man's music, can you? Especially when they sound as good as they do here.

And if you enjoy this, be sure to acquire the companion album, Star Tracks II, which is just as good and focuses on the music of Star Trek (although John Williams is certainly represented too).


The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Price: £9.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Unusual and excellent soundtrack, 13 Oct. 2017
First of all, this does not sound even slightly like the music from the original TV series. Most notably, Jerry Goldsmith's iconic theme was not used (except for a very brief snatch on a radio). This was a great pity, and must have disappointed many fans of the original (such as me). It could have been used for the closing credits, as was done with the recent JJ Abrams Star Trek films. Also, I was not wild about the songs used for the opening and closing credits, even though they are rendered with gusto by Roberta Flack and Nina Simone respectively.

Those are the negatives out of the way. What about the positives? Happily, there are a lot. The tracks on this album are generally bright, bouncy, witty and inventive, as befits the overall tone of the film. Highlights include the exciting "Out Of The Garage" and "Escape From East Berlin"; the catchy "Bugs, Beats and Bowties" (reminiscent of an ITC soundtrack, and complete with harpischord!); the soulful "Cry To Me"; and the haunting "Circular Story". With a total of no fewer than 24 tracks heard in the film, plus four unused bonus tracks, there is plenty of choice for your own favourites.

I thought the film itself was hugely underrated, with its winning combination of wry, tongue-in-cheek humour (like the TV series) and impressive action. The music certainly served it well, and passes what is perhaps the ultimate test for a soundtrack: that is, it is a great listen in its own right.

Highly recommended as a reminder of the film, or even if you just want an eclectic collection of songs are tunes with a cool '60s vibe.


Sibelius: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems
Sibelius: Complete Symphonies; Tone Poems
Price: £12.99

5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best Sibelius symphony cycles, 13 Oct. 2017
Sir Colin Davis never surpassed this amazing effort with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, even with his later LSO recordings. The five CDs in this slim box include not only revelatory versions of the seven symphonies, but all the famous tone poems and even a very worthy account of the Violin Concerto with Salvatore Accardo as soloist. Conducting, playing and recording all come together to make for a real feast for the ears.

Even if you have other versions of these staples of the orchestral repertoire, this set is worth adding to your collection. And if you are looking for a single version of the works, this would serve very well indeed.


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