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Anthology of Russian Sacred Music
Anthology of Russian Sacred Music
4 used & new from $81.70

5.0 out of 5 stars like Being Inside St Basil's, March 6, 2015
I love Russian Orthodox liturgical music. Through this recording, I can hearken back in my mind to a most memorable trip to Russia, that included visits to several Moscow and St Petersburg cathedrals and watching the celebrants participate in the holy services. I was highly moved and impressed by the high spirituality and profound depth of feeling expressed through the deep, Boris Gudonov-like voices of the priests and the obvious intensity of belief etched on the faces of the mass-goers. It was a display of spirituality at its most genuine. Below is listed a copy of the playlist as it appears on Rhapsody. Sorry I don't have more information to include.

O, Come, Let Us Worship. Bless the Lord, O My Soul
Vladimir Matorin
2
1:34
Peaceful Light
Vladimir Matorin
3
2:16
Nunc Dimittis
Vladimir Matorin
4
1:40
Hail Mary, Full of Grace
Vladimir Matorin
5
3:18
The Six Psalms: No. 3
Vladimir Matorin
6
4:42
Dogmatikon: King of Heaven
Vladimir Matorin
7
3:39
Glorious Easter: Tone 5. Stichera
I. Kryuchkov
8
3:47
May God Arise from the Dead: Tone 5. Stichera
M. Zlotopolyky
9
4:42
Stichera No. 1
Vladimir Matorin
10
2:41
It Is Truly Meet
Vladimir Matorin
11
1:39
King of Heaven
Vladimir Matorin
12
0:55
O Come, Let Us Worship
Vladimir Matorin
13
1:58
Behold the Bridegroom Comes at Midnight
Vladimir Matorin
14
2:04
Trisagion
Vladimir Matorin
15
2:07
Peaceful Light
Vladimir Matorin
16
3:49
Praise the Name of the Lord
Vladimir Matorin
17
10:18
Communion Anthem
Vladimir Matorin
18
3:37
From the Time of My Youth
Vladimir Matorin
19
1:57
It Is Truly Meet
Vladimir Matorin
20
7:53
Cherubikon / Cherubic Hymn
Vladimir Matorin
Disc 2
1
23:52
Easter Canon (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
2
3:46
Accept the Body of Christ (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
3
19:03
Divine Service (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
4
5:54
Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
5
3:09
Christmas Concerto for 12-Part Chorus (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
6
2:25
Praise the Name of the Lord (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
7
2:24
Immaculate Virgin, Concerto for Two Choruses (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
8
10:30
Hirmoses of the "Katabasis" Canon, For Two Choruses (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
9
2:20
Universal Praise, Concerto for Two Choruses (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
Disc 3
1
13:07
Do Not Forsake Me in My Old Age, Concerto (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
2
5:49
Glory to God in the Highest, Concerto No. VI (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
3
15:21
I Have Cried to the Lord with My Voice, Concerto No. XXVII (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
4
8:30
How Amiable Are Thy Inhabitancy, O Lord, Concerto No. XVII (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
5
11:38
Why Art Thou Lamentable, O My Soul, Concerto No. XXXIII (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
6
8:16
Let God Arise, Concerto No. XXXIV (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
7
8:00
We Praise Thee, O God, Concerto (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
Disc 4
1
1:42
This Day / Prokeimenon During the Week of Easter
Vladimir Matorin
2
1:51
Day of Resurrection
Vladimir Matorin
3
1:30
Christ Is Risen
Vladimir Matorin
4
5:38
Praise the Name of the Lord
Vladimir Matorin
5
12:16
The Lord Is Alive
Vladimir Matorin
6
6:22
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 42: Cherubim Hymn
Vladimir Matorin
7
3:13
Mother of God, Concerto
Vladimir Matorin
8
2:15
The Virtuous Thief
Ivan Kozlo
9
5:37
Save Your People, O Lord
Vladimir Matorin
10
2:30
Praise the Lord from the Heavens
Vladimir Matorin
11
3:22
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 2, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya (Praise the Lord, O My Soul)
Vladimir Matorin
12
3:48
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 3, Blazhen Muzh (Blessed Is the Man)
Vladimir Matorin
13
3:22
All-Night Vigil, Op.37: No. 5, Nyne Otlushchayeshi (Nunc Dimittis)
Vladimir Matorin
14
2:31
Egda Snizshel, Op. 37: No. 9
Vladimir Matorin
15
1:36
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 4, O Lord Come, Let Us Worship
Vladimir Matorin
16
3:25
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 5, Lord, Save the Faithful and the Trisagion
Vladimir Matorin
17
3:24
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 12, The Lord's Prayer
Vladimir Matorin
18
2:36
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 13, Praise the Lord from the Heavens
Vladimir Matorin
Disc 5
1
3:06
The Cross of the Preserver of All the Universe
Vladimir Matorin
2
6:07
Blessed Are Those Who Understand
Vladimir Matorin
3
7:25
Inspire, Lord, My Prayer
Vladimir Matorin
4
8:00
I Dread the Fearful Day
Vladimir Matorin
5
6:59
I Have Cried to the Lord with My Voice
Vladimir Matorin
6
4:45
Not Having Any Other Help
Vladimir Matorin
7
5:30
Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me
Vladimir Matorin
8
3:34
All-Night Vigil, Op.37: No. 1, Priidite, Poklonimsya (O Come, Let Us Worship)
Vladimir Matorin
9
3:56
All-Night Vigil, Op.37: No. 4, Svete Tikhiy (Gladsome Light)
Vladimir Matorin
10
3:49
All-Night Vigil, Op. 38: No. 7, Shestopsalmiye (Glory Be to God)
Vladimir Matorin
11
2:13
All-Night Vigil, Op.39: No. 8, Khvalite Imya Gospodne (Praise Be the Name of the Lord)
Vladimir Matorin
12
11:19
All-Night Vigil, Op.40: No. 10, Voskreseniye Khristovo Videvshe (The Veneration of the Cross)
Vladimir Matorin
Disc 6
1
3:05
The Angel Cried Out
Vladimir Matorin
2
5:28
Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 1, Cherubic Hymn
Vladimir Matorin
3
3:13
Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 5, It Is Truly Meet
Vladimir Matorin
4
4:32
Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 9, Now the Heavenly Hosts
Vladimir Matorin
5
3:12
Nine Sacred Musical Compositions for Full Choir a Cappella: No. 7, Blessed Are Those Whom Thou Closest
Vladimir Matorin
6
4:39
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41: No. 3, Come, Let Us Worship
Vladimir Matorin
7
8:58
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 6, Cherubic Hymn
Vladimir Matorin
8
3:41
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41: No. 8, I Believe in One God, The Father, The Almighty
Vladimir Matorin
9
3:38
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41: No. 9, Merciful Peace
Vladimir Matorin
10
3:32
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41: No. 13, Our Father
Vladimir Matorin
11
2:25
Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op.41: No. 14, Praise the Lord from the Heavens
Vladimir Matorin
12
4:23
All-Night Vigil, Op.52: No. 1, Bless My Soul, O Lord
Vladimir Matorin
13
2:50
All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 3, Blessed Is the Man
Vladimir Matorin
14
2:18
All-Night Vigil, Op.52: No. 5, Gladsome Light
Vladimir Matorin
15
4:05
All-Night Vigil, Op.52: No. 8, Praise the Name of the Lord
Vladimir Matorin
16
4:36
All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 9, Blessed Art Thou, Lord
Vladimir Matorin
17
2:04
All-Night Vigil, Op.52: No. 10, From My Youth
Vladimir Matorin
18
1:31
All-Night Vigil, Op.52: No. 11, Having Beheld the Resurrection of Christ
Vladimir Matorin
19
5:26
All-Night Vigil, Op. 52: No. 16, Glory to God in the Highest
Vladimir Matorin
Disc 7
1
5:24
Concerto "O Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer": I. The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
2
1:14
Concerto "O Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer": II. Since You Gave Life… (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
3
2:09
Concerto "O Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer": III. Enter the Womb (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
4
4:06
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 2, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya, Gospoda (Praise the Lord, O My Soul) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
5
2:40
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 3, Slava Otsu I Yedinorodny (The Only-Begotten) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
6
4:53
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 4, Vo Tsarstvii Tvoyem (In Thy Kingdom) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
7
3:49
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 6, Gospodi, Spasi Blagochestinvya I Svyaty Bozhe (Lord, Save the Faithful, And Holy God) (Live)
Alexander Karakuts
8
5:12
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 8, Izhe Kheruvimy (Which Cherubim) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
9
6:08
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 10, Veruyu (I Believe) (Live)
Yuri Kutanin
10
3:08
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 12, Tebe Poyom (We Sing to Thee) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
11
2:13
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 16, Khvalite Gospoda S Nebes (Praise God in the Heavens) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
12
0:55
Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op. 31: No. 20, Slava Otsu I Blagochestiveyshago (Praise the Father and the Faithful) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
13
5:27
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 2, Blagoslovi, Dushe Moya (Praise the Lord, O My Soul) (Live)
Irina Arkhipova
14
4:26
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 3, Blazhen Muzh (Blessed Is the Man) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
15
3:58
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 4, Svete Tikhiy (Gladsome Light) (Live)
Victor Rumyantsev
16
4:09
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 5, Nyne Otlushchayeshi (Nunc Dimittis) (Live)
Victor Rumyantsev
17
3:14
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 6, Bogorodishche Devo, Raduysya (Ave Maria) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
18
3:24
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 7, Shestopsalmiye (Glory Be to God) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
19
6:42
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 9, Blagosloven Yesi, Gospodi (Blessed Be the Lord) (Live)
Victor Rumyantsev
20
4:03
All-Night Vigil, Op. 37: No. 10, Voskreseniye Khristovo Videvshe (The Veneration of the Cross) (Live)
Vladimir Matorin
Disc 8
1
3:35
Prayer (From "Tsar Feodor Ioannovich")
Vladimir Matorin
2
3:44
Holy Love (From "Tsar Feodor Ioannovich")
Natalia Gerasimova
3
6:31
Russian Liturgy for Mixed Chorus a Cappella with Shepherd's Pipe - "The Sealed Angel": I. The Angel of the Lord
Alexander Golishev
4
2:49
Russian Liturgy for Mixed Chorus a Cappella with Shepherd's Pipe - "The Sealed Angel": II. Because the Lord Has Appeared to Us
Alexander Golishev
5
9:53
Russian Liturgy for Mixed Chorus a Cappella with Shepherd's Pipe - "The Sealed Angel": III. Angels of the Assumption
Alexey Alexeev
Russian Liturgy for Mixed Chorus a Cappella with Shepherd's Pipe - "The Sealed Angel": VII. May My Prayer Improve
Alexander Illarionov
7
5:10
Russian Liturgy for Mixed Chorus a Cappella with Shepherd's Pipe - "The Sealed Angel": VIII. Hallowed Be Thy Name
Vladimir Matorin
8
17:08
Concerto for Mixed Chorus in Four Parts: I. O Sovereign Ruler of All Things…
Vladimir Matorin
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Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
Danubia: A Personal History of Habsburg Europe
Offered by Macmillan
Price: $9.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boldly go where no one really wanted to go before, February 26, 2015
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Winder is an extremely erudite, entertaining guide, a bit like Bill Bryson (in NOTES ON A SMALL ISLAND), funny, but highly informed and informative. The book deals with sections of Eastern Europe that were hitherto unknown or scarcely perceived to me. Though I had some difficulty with place names and the geography in general (maps would have been highly helpful), the insights into the localities and their inhabitants more than made up for the occasional confusion. Another earlier Brit travel writer I'm currently reading, Patrick Leigh Fermor, strikes me as similar in terms of tone and verbal facility. The actual geography they write about is also similar. These books don't exactly inspire me to strap on a backpack and follow their routes through Eastern Europe, especially the places that Winder describes, many of which have been devastated by a never ending series of sieges and conflicts from the 14th century to the present. They are nevertheless fascinating to visit via armchair.


On the Yard (Ign Departement Maps)
On the Yard (Ign Departement Maps)
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Was Expecting Much Better, August 7, 2014
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Amateurish, heavy-handed verbiage from a writer who lacks originality, creativity, or aptitude. The vibe is supposed to be akin to John Fante or Bukowski, I suppose, but comes across as more sensationalistic, striving to shock or prove the writer's macho creds, but much of the time it instead comes off as the product of a severely limited imagination and skill set. I wanted to give the author the benefit of the doubt and buy into it, as I am supportive of prisoners efforts to be productive and better themselves, but this sort of writing panders to all the baser instincts and doles out shopworn sexual depictions, mindless violence and low octane philosophizing. This work reminds me of that of Jack Henry Abbot, whose writings Norman Mailer infamously espoused back in the early '80s. It's about the same caliber and a similar style. If you want to read a grand book written by a prisoner, I would suggest Henri Charriere's account of his life of crime, incarceration in and escape from Devil's Island, Papillon. While maybe not the most truthful tale ever told, it's at least very well written and entertaining. On the Yard is one step above Dimestore trash, to be perfectly blunt about it.
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Chance
Chance
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Up to Conrad's Usual Standards, June 28, 2014
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This review is from: Chance (Kindle Edition)
I must begin by saying that Conrad is one of my most highly revered novelists. Nostromo is a masterpiece. The Secret Sharer and Heart of Darkness are, along with Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, the greatest novellas ever written. Lord Jim is great. Victory has it's major merits. Under Western Eyes and The Secret Agent are finely wrought genre pieces. Why then the two star rating for Chance? Frankly, it just strikes me as boring and repetitive and possibly a case of Conrad striving to be too British in the mode of his friend and fellow novelist Ford Maddox Ford, or even Charles Dickens. For readers used to Conrad's concision and condensed urgency, this novel meanders and tracks back on itself and feels mushy and formless. And to top things off, Marlowe (yes, THAT Marlowe, the same narrator as in Heart of Darkness) comes across as a stiff, unlikeable, bore, with a stereotypical seaman's disparaging, misogynistic view of women. I know that Conrad is all about unreliable narrator's, but the notion doesn't really work to rescue the situation in this instance. In summation, even Shakespeare produced the occasional dud (All's Well That Ends Well, for instance), so I just mark this up to Conrad's attempt at fulfilling a Ford Maddox Ford writing assignment, but unfortunately, the grade is a D or a C- at best.


Legendär - Die Diva Kollektion - 130 Klassiche Aufnahmen
Legendär - Die Diva Kollektion - 130 Klassiche Aufnahmen
Price: $9.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Beat it for Value, April 2, 2014
Like the title says: Legends....as far as popular music female deities go, they don't come much more legendary than this trio. Piaf, Holliday, Ella....the names are immortal in the annals of chanteuses/torch singers/song stylists, etc. etc. The recording quality, while maybe not top notch on every cut, is beyond your usual budget disc standard. More than adequate in most cases. As this is an MP3 download, I'm uncertain as to the particulars regarding the recording sources, but I've heard most of these tracks via various standards in the past (LP, cassette tape, CD) and these measure up quite well in comparison. I'm guessing that the source is German or Dutch and I notice there is a companion collection featuring Doris Day, Peggy Lee and Shirley Bassey from the same distributor.

At any rate, suffice it to say that to fans of these timeless divas, this collection provides hours of listening pleasure for a nominal monetary outlay. A REAL DEAL! Highly recommended.


Puccini Essentials
Puccini Essentials
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Selections, March 15, 2014
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This is a bargain download released by Warner Classics, apparently either unavailable or very hard to track down on CD. The selections are all from first quality recordings, featuring artists up to the task when it comes to interpreting Puccini. Most of the female arias are capably handled by Dame Kiri (Manon, Madame Butterfly) , and while Zubin Mehta might not be the first conductor who springs to mind when I think of Puccini, his contributions are more than adequate in the Tosca selections. A couple lesser lights are not so bad here, particularly Jose Cura, who, while no Domingo or Bjorling, does a credible job in the Manon and La Rondine arias, not so hot in the Butterfly and Turandot. The primary draw for this purchase is value. At a little over $5 at the time of this review, it is a definite bargain. One of the great things about Amazon MP3s is that the prospective customer can sample the music before purchasing. So give the samples a listen and see if you don't agree with me that this is one of the better classical music deals currently available online.


Seaplane Shirts Men's Lime Gingham Button Down Shirt
Seaplane Shirts Men's Lime Gingham Button Down Shirt

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comfort and Style, March 13, 2014
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This is my second Seaplane Shirts purchase. I've been extremely pleased with the quality of materials and construction, as well as the speedy delivery of both orders. I definitely feel that these shirts are comfortable, high quality and offer exceptional value for what one pays for them. I will definitely be recommending this company to friends and associates.

BEK


Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
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9 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Blech! and Sand, March 9, 2014
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This is just abysmally LCD (lowest common denominator) tripe. By all means, rent HBO's Rome, which has superior acting, scriptwriting, historical accuracy. This isn't even mildly entertaining. At least Bob Guccione's Caligula had a great cast and some actual eroticism. This CGI mess has zilch going for it. The script is a tale told by an idiot. Actors roam around supposed Thrace in the snow in threadbare costumes, displaying nary a goose bump even in the most frigid conditions. The fighting scenes are just gratuitous carnage, no momentum or suspense whatsoever. At least in Alexander or Troy, though the fighting techniques were highly stylized and even unbelievable, at least there was a context that allowed for willing suspension of disbelief. Achilles, for instance, is a demigod, so seeing him fly through the air and perform impossible acrobatics was allowable. The action scenes in this Spartacus debacle are jus plain risible, conjuring up Monty Python at it's most ludicrously sublime "Tennis, Anyone?" . I guess if you want a good laugh and maybe have a popcorn party in which you and your friends can yell Mystery Science Theater type comments at the TV screen, this would be worth renting. Other than that, my heart genuinely repines for those who take this tripe seriously and write five star reviews extolling its supposed virtues.


Leon Blum
Leon Blum
DVD

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Didn't Know, March 9, 2014
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I had only the vaguest inkling of who Leon Blum was. I certainly never was exposed to any biographical information about him in the hours of history assignments I was given throughout high school and college. I am grateful to the filmmakers, therefor, for cluing me in to some degree. He was obviously an important figure in modern French and indeed world history, a brave, stalwart leader who stood for "the common man," for true democracy and against tyranny, injustice and repression in the workplace, in government and in society. He was also an incredibly brave man, standing firm in his principles at a time when most of his countrymen were caving in to one degree or another. He was a hero in every sense of the word and I am really happy that I rented this video and that I now have a new icon to add my personal pantheon.


Melmoth the Wanderer (Annotated)
Melmoth the Wanderer (Annotated)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as I recalled it, March 9, 2014
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This novel starts out brilliantly. The initial setting and "setup" is genuinely eerie and unsettling. Unfortunately, Maturin can't reign in his impulsiveness and the work drifts off into a series of digressions that end up testing the patience of even the most earnest reader. If you think Poe is overly wordy, just trust me in saying he has nothing on Maturin. An apter title might have been "Melmoth the Meanderer," as the verbiage sinks into a gothic quagmire of excess and the plot(s) lose all semblence of cohesion, reflecting the descent into madness of the novel's main protagonist, which, I know one might argue, is actually a rather postmodern thing, but I think that is giving Maturin a lot more credit than he warrants.

I will say that when I first approached this novel when I was in college and was researching dark romantic and gothic literature I was a lot more receptive and could more willingly suspend my disbelief. But in retrospect, there are a lot better novels written at approximately the same period that are a lot more accomplished. The nearest in terms of theme and genre is The Manuscript Found in Saragossa by Jan Potocki. It offers up the same sort of delusional, scattered psyche type of presentation, with similarly numerous digressions and convolutions, yet Potocki pulls it all off in a much more accomplished manner, owing to a superior mastery of storytelling and a knack for creating actual suspense, not to mention his superior verbal artistry.

Then there are the more well known 19th c "horror novels", such as Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, available in an inexpensive Kindle edition, and Ann Radcliffe's complete works, available in a Delphi edition on this site, all of which provide better written examples of Dark Romanticism and Gothic Lit than Maturin provides.


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