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Toshiba SD-V296 Tunerless DVD VCR Combo Player
Toshiba SD-V296 Tunerless DVD VCR Combo Player
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worked for me, April 20, 2015
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This Toshiba lived up to its name and has delivered for my VCR and DVD needs. An HDMI cable slot is not available, but I used Monster brand cables instead of the ones that came with the machine.


Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: a cultural history)
Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: a cultural history)
by David Hackett Fischer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Weighty and Professional Historical Tome!, May 28, 2014
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My title might seem to be killing with kindness. It is quite readable, but well documented. Although I purchased it as mainly a reference, its basic thesis that our
society remains influenced by the original settlers from different areas of England/Ireland shines through.


Raff, J.: Piano Concerto, Op. 185 / Ode Au Printemps
Raff, J.: Piano Concerto, Op. 185 / Ode Au Printemps
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5.0 out of 5 stars Feast on Raff!, November 18, 2013
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This composition by Raff introduced me to his music. It was delightful when I owned an LP of it, which I had made into a CD. It was about 7 minutes faster in tempo than this recording, but I find both renderings equally enjoyable. Any one who enjoys the Romantic era, as I do, probably wonders why it is not a mainstay of the era as it deserves to be. Unfortunately for Raff, he was not one to "toot his own horn," and now his music is underrated and underperformed. Now, gradually, more recordings are becoming available of his music, and I am feasting on them.


Piano Quartets
Piano Quartets
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4.0 out of 5 stars Every bit as good!, September 20, 2013
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There is a reawakening of Raff's music taking place and rightfully so. If you enjoy ensemble music by Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Schumann, I see no reason why you would not like these. In my opinion, Raff's trios are more lyrical than his quartets, but they are all very good to hear. The sound quality and the execution of the pieces appear first rate.


Raff, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 and 5
Raff, J.: Violin Sonatas Nos. 2 and 5
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Raff, September 7, 2013
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While Raff is not much known in the US, he was basic to 19th century Europe. These compositions reflect the divergent schools of music of Raff's style. The violin is lyrical like Mendelssohn and the piano is like Liszt, for the virtuoso. The broad strokes for themes are elicited from the violin while the detailed "too many notes" come from the piano. At times the two instruments are heard solo before they join together. Raff handles them masterfully. Personally I prefer the second to the fifth because the former is closer to Mendelssohn. In any case, they make fine chamber music, though at times they can be distracting if you're working on something.


Raff, J.: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 10
Raff, J.: Symphonies Nos. 8 and 10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Artist in music, June 30, 2013
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Raff is compared with Schumann and while there are stylistic similarities, while Schumann paints with shorter strokes, Raff uses longer ones. Schumann is more lyrical with tunes you might like to hum, not so much with Raff in these symphonies. Raff, however is upbeat and cheerful, so if you are looking for a steady diet of serious drama, these might not do the trick. These are Raff's masterly orchestral impressions of two seasons and must be enjoyed as such. I enjoyed them.


Con Vn 1/2 3/Ungrischer
Con Vn 1/2 3/Ungrischer
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful lyricism!, June 24, 2013
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It is little wonder people thought of Raff as one of the greatest composers in his day. These violin concertos are as worthy as those by Brahms or Bruch, which are highly prized in the repertoire today. Each movement has basically beautiful tunes which Raff develops expertly. The works are all very well played with great sound. Raff's modesty did not help his fame. When he was the head of a conservatory, Clara Schumann said he refused to allow students to play any of his works. The CD plays over 70 minutes and every minute is satisfying! Enjoy!


Paine: Symphony No. 2
Paine: Symphony No. 2
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, June 24, 2013
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This review is from: Paine: Symphony No. 2 (Audio CD)
While it is a Romantic era piece, I got the impression that Paine in this symphony was more imitative of programme music, that is, trying to paint a picture with music with each movement. He used motifs or small themes like Wagner which reappear. Over all, it is worth listening to and it could grow on you. The orchestra and the engineering are first rate. I enjoyed Paine's first symphony better,
being more accessible to me, but it was more imitative of the early Romantics though only composed three years before the second.


Sullivan: in Memoriam / The Tempest, Op. 1: Suite / Symphony in E Major, "Irish"
Sullivan: in Memoriam / The Tempest, Op. 1: Suite / Symphony in E Major, "Irish"
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sullivan is Always Enjoyable, June 1, 2013
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Sullivan's early music may not be quite as tuneful to some when compared to that inspired by WS Gilbert's prose, but I enjoyed it all the same. In Memoriam does ramble from theme to theme, but they are all gems and Sullivan tastefully returns to the initial theme for its coda. Perhaps a young composer can be given a little latitude for being a bit showy when he is trying to get established. The people of his day thought of him as a promising composer after writing his Opus 1, The Tempest, and it fits well in the spirit of that era.


John Knowles Paine: Symphony #1
John Knowles Paine: Symphony #1
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fine first symphony, May 28, 2013
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Having heard Paine's symphony followed by one by the young Richard Strauss written four years later, I liked the Strauss far better. Like the New England weather, Paine likes to change tunes too often to entirely please me, as if if he were in search of one he likes. This is particularly the case with the opening and closing movements. The middle ones appear to me to be variations on themes
and for that reason sound more cohesive. The Romantic orchestra and the performance are top notch and do please the ear. This
symphony is a welcome change from hearing those classics heard more frequently, but it does not seem worthy of them either.


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