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Tchaikowsky: Symphony 5, Francesca Da Rimini
Tchaikowsky: Symphony 5, Francesca Da Rimini
Price: £15.63

4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!, 9 Dec. 2010
Have a number of recordings of Tchaikovsky 5 and the earlier Jansons recording with the Oslo Phil on Chandos has always been a favourite alongside the powerful Gergiev recording. This new recording really is quite special, I may even prefer it to the ones mentioned above. Wonderful expression, shading and detail and exactly the right pace. Highly commended


Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies
Tchaikovsky: Complete Symphonies
Price: £28.14

19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Tchaikovsky set, 4 Dec. 2010
i disagree with some of the reviewers here - I have many copies of the Tchaikovsky symphonies and this is without doubt the reference-point set. 5 is exceptional, 3 splendid and Manfred and Little Russian also shine. for years these Tchaikovsky symphony recordings have justifiably topped The Penguin Guide's recommendations and still do. Issued here both remastered and at budget price this is the essential reference point for anyone that wants to enjoy Tchaikovsky's symphonies. One of the best items in the chandos catalogue - strongly recommended
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Anthems
Anthems
Price: £14.95

5.0 out of 5 stars great debut, 21 Sept. 2010
This review is from: Anthems (Audio CD)
A great vocal talent and hope it makes Kerry a household name. Very gifted. I remember first hearing her sing No One But You during We Will Rock You - a truly awesome show-stealing performance.
On this album Defying Gravity is brilliant. and Butterfly is much better here than the Queen and Paul Rodgers version
No One But You - arguably the song from We Will Rock You that put Kerry on the map - though isnt as good here as with her previous rock recording: The Orchestral arrangement loses the emotional charge of the original rock ballad version.
Save me - mixed feelings about this one. Well sung but a pale shadow of the Queen version.
Overall though a very good album - expect to see it in your stocking this Christmas!


Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Beethoven: Complete Symphonies
Price: £27.26

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 22 Aug. 2010
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Along with Parvo Jaavi's recent recordings this is my favourite Beethoven cycle for some time. Excellently played, excellently recorded, plenty of urgency,drama and full of live, Tremendous


Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
Stephen Fry's Incomplete and Utter History of Classical Music
by Stephen Fry
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A TOTAL RIP OFF - avoid!, 31 May 2010
Beware - this book is NOT written by Stephen Fry. It's jacket totally misleads, and this is terrible given someone in a bookshop or online would look at this book and buy it because of the link with Stephen Fry!

As it turns out this book is written by someone else. Dont know if they are trying to be Stephen Fry but it is not well written and the emulation of Fry totally fails

Now, the concept of a "1066 and all that" book on classical music is a good idea (I was in the mood for a funny, light read) - and Stephen Fry would be the perfect dandidate to do such a book with his sharp wit and good use of language. It's such a shame Mr Fry didnt write the book whereas the jacket suggests its his book

There is one thing very wrong with this book - it wasnt written by Stephen Fry.

The chapter comparing Bach and Handel is quite amusing, but generally this book offers nothing. The wit is laboured, its not well written and it's generally a very irritating book

One to avoid!


Found in the Rain
Found in the Rain
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Price: £10.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 17 April 2010
This review is from: Found in the Rain (Audio CD)
Recommended by Colchester Classics and Classic FM _ a super disc. Why dont amazon sell the CD format yet though??


A Question of Belief: (Brunetti 19)
A Question of Belief: (Brunetti 19)
by Donna Leon
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ends too quickly, 14 April 2010
As always these books make you feel like you are in the middle of Venice. Character development continues and a the dual level plot absorbs, although this book is a bout 50-100 pages too short. Just as one is getting into it the book is over.


Under the Dome
Under the Dome
by Stephen King
Edition: Hardcover

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best King for a long long time, 3 Dec. 2009
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This review is from: Under the Dome (Hardcover)
Read most of his books and for some years regarded him as the guy that wrote The Stand. This is a great fast paced and highly imaginative story.

Sometimes King doesnt end books that well but this ends very well

This is one of the best books he has done - perhaps, just perhaps his finest.


Absolute Greatest (2CD Slipcase)
Absolute Greatest (2CD Slipcase)
Price: £24.23

6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great collection but drops clanger in track listing, 14 Nov. 2009
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Big Queen fan and these songs are immense - great to have a 1 CD selection - but its stone cold stupid to issue a "absolutely absolute best" and omit one of their number 1 singles Innuendo. Who wants to live forever and show must go on are great songs but were not among the bands top 20 hit singles. To do this compilation with the innunendo clanger makes a nonsense of this CD set.


Absolute Greatest
Absolute Greatest
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Price: £18.99

3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ...BUT, 3 Oct. 2009
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This review is from: Absolute Greatest (Audio CD)
Greatest band ever - and an interesting idea to put the very best together on one disc.

BUT and a huge but ... BUUUUTTTT!!!! Where on earth is Innuendo - a single that entered the chart at number 1 (lets not foget they had three UK number 1s during Freddie's lifetime)

This omission should lead to the album being reissued with Innuendo on it and the couple of tracks on it that didnt even make the top 20 replaced.

Bottom line - if you are going to issue Roger and Brians favourites OK, but if you are issuing the biggest 20 hits, get the right 20 tracks on the disc. Who Wants to Live forever didnt even make the top 20, nor did who wants to live forever (great song but peaked in the mid 20s).

Also interesting that Winters Tale didnt appear here or on greatest hits 2, when it should have done. It's a hard life should be on the collection with Innuendo.

Also interesting that the single version of who wants to live forever (quite different to the longer album version) doesnt appear

5 stars because the music is so good, it really is - but thumbs down to the marketing people who've dropped a clanger.

Greatest Hits 1 +2 are better buys - they give a truer sense of the hits catalogue and the CD booklets talk about each song and its impact. This new offer has a poor inlay booklet
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