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Das Gläut zu Speyer - Ludwig Senfl - SSATTB a cappella - SSATTB ACAPP - Sheet Music
Das Gläut zu Speyer - Ludwig Senfl - SSATTB a cappella - SSATTB ACAPP - Sheet Music
by Ludwig Senfl
Edition: Sheet music

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps Useful for Starting a Fire in a Wood Stove, May 21, 2016
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This edition would useless to anybody except a thoroughly unskilled choir being taught its notes by a pianist accompanist! (There is a keyboard score, labeled "for rehearsal only.") It has been transposed to the key of A-flat major, with four flats in the signature; several parts have awkwardly modified to suit voices of very narrow compass. Skilled choristers would not require such a transposed score; they could simply transpose by ear, as singers would have done in the lifetime of Ludwig Senfl (1486-1543). There's no acknowledgment of the transposition on the cover or inside the pages. This is utterly unprofessional and a waste of money.
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En man som heter Ove (av Fredrik Backman) [Imported] [Paperback] (Swedish)
En man som heter Ove (av Fredrik Backman) [Imported] [Paperback] (Swedish)
by Fredrik Backman
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Min nya förebild!, February 29, 2016
Jag har just läst romanen "Man Som Heter Ove." En mycket rolig bok trots en förutsägbart sentimental slutsats. Ove är min nya "förebild", även om han är för ung för att vara mig, bara 59. Han har uttömt hans tålamod med idioter. Han hatar småprat. Han föredrar verktyg för katter, men han är för principfast att låta en katt svälta. Mest av allt, föraktar han byråkrater, människor som misstag regler för god ordning. Jag antar att om du vill att känna med Ove du måste vara en man, kanske en gammal man, och åtminstone hälften svenska! Som jag! Då kan du känner igen "Ove" i sig själv ... och skratta åt det.
Och hur lång tid tar det trollen att märka denna förändring i denna översyn?
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Hall of Small Mammals: Stories
Hall of Small Mammals: Stories
by Thomas Pierce
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.63
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Smaller Than Life, February 24, 2016
Perhaps it would be more generous for me not to review this first collection of stories since, not only did I read them without much pleasure but I also don't like their literary style. But I bought the book, at a real bookstore, because the cover blurbs were enticing. I started reading with high hopes. Hey, time is precious, life is short, this is decidedly unnecessary reading.
That style is au courant, as befits a graduate of a university creative writing program. It's cut and dried, bred (sic) and buttered in salability, just the sort of chic maundering that magazine editors love in the current decades. It's carefully not "plot-driven," not resolved, not "overwritten." It abides by a rubric of indirection that's really no less formulaic than an old-fashioned O Henry. Thomas Pierce may write a bold, potent story some day, as soon as he forgets what he learned in Virginia.
Pierce's characters are obviously supposed to be "us" ... to be dresser-drawer everyday us of our times and places. But Pierce is too judgmental ... perhaps too arrogant ... to let them have any depth either of mind or emotion. They live in Flatland and their every story is a tale of falling flat. In the end, they are all smaller than life.
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The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919
The White War: Life and Death on the Italian Front 1915-1919
by Mark Thompson
Edition: Paperback
Price: $15.68
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hurry Toward What?, February 19, 2016
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"Slancio!" This Italian word translates as the English noun HURRY, but it had a more sinister meaning when used by General Luigi Cadorna on the Isonzo Front in WW1. You'll want to read "The White War" by Mark Thompson to discover what a butchering jackass can do with an unwavering ideology.
The book is full of battle accounts, but also rich in sociological and philosophical analyses, as well as insights into the literature and visual arts of the Great War era.
The movement called "vitalism" that empowered Mussolini with a philosophical apologia and which underpinned both fascism and nazism isn't quite yet entombed. Ayn Rand was certainly an heir of Henri Bergson and his Elán Vital, and the Donald Trump is its avatar.
Very strong chunk of historical scholarship! Read it!
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Rossini Guillaume Tell [Blu-ray]
Rossini Guillaume Tell [Blu-ray]
DVD ~ Juan Diego Florez
Price: $25.04
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh!, December 8, 2015
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I love Rossini. I never expected to one-star a production of any Rossini opera, let alone the majestic Guillaume Tell. I have no brief against so-called Regietheater. When it works, it works, and when it doesn't it still allows one the joy of music. But this production is so boring, so stupid, so turgid that even the glorious voices of Juan Diego Florez and Amanda Forsythe offer scant relief. And the music is stultified by the ponderous baton of conductor Michele Mariotti. It's so slowwww. If Mariotti is as narcissistic as he looks, when we see him during the overture, I'd hate to be a musician in his pit.
In short, this a gawdawful travesty. No more details needed. Shun it.
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Taverner: Missa Corona spinea, Dum transisset Sabbatum I and II
Taverner: Missa Corona spinea, Dum transisset Sabbatum I and II
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How High Can YOU sing?, November 21, 2015
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Does Peter Phillips hate basses, or perhaps have the opposite problem of seriously diminished ability to hear higher frequencies? There must be some reason why his Tallis Scholars persistently raise the tessiturae of polyphony by as much as a third on most CDs. Could the boy sopranos -- the trebles -- of 16th C choirs really have sung coloratura in the ozone with the Queen of the Night? The performing scores used for this recording are generously available in PDF from Gimell -- what a marvelous idea! -- and reveal in their three-flat & 4-flat key signatures exactly what Phillips has done. These compositions by John Taverner (c. 1490 - 1545) are peculiarly structured to set the treble line much higher than the high tenor / tenor / bass lines, and it's a potent musical device! This Missa Corona Spinas is as Dionysian in its emotive impact as most other Renaissance masses are Apollonian. It's such a powerful, original, affective piece of music that I'd give it five stars even if sung by Alvins' Chipmunks. Hey, maybe the Scholars were the Chipmunks in a previous lifetime ...
Alas, the shrill, monochromatic, almost metallic sound of the soprano ladies Janet Coxwell and Amy Haworth effectively cancels any attention one's ears would like to pay to the four lower voices. Oh well, the lasting popularity of the Tallis Scholars must indicate that some people love all those notes above the G-clef. And as you see here, with the usual reservations, I totally adore the music and grudingly respect the skills of the singers.

SECOND THOUGHTS, after a second intent attentive listening. The strident sopranos just don't wear well! I found their ambulance siren inflexibility almost distressing on close listening, so I've knocked my rating down to three stars. The composition of the mass is still so special that it must be heard, but this performance is simply wrong-headed.
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The Complete Madrigal Books
The Complete Madrigal Books
Price: $68.58
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! At Last!, November 4, 2015
Are there any better performances of the Monteverdi madrigals? Perhaps, of individual selections, though I can't think of any and I have dozens of CDs by various ensembles to choose from. I already own all eight books of La Venexiana's Monteverdi, many of which I've reviewed in the past, so I won't need to purchase this completeness unless I want to give it to someone who needs it as 'medicine' for life and love. I'm posting this non-review merely as a STRONG recommendation.
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Part: Tintinnabuli
Part: Tintinnabuli
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made for Each Other!, October 24, 2015
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This review is from: Part: Tintinnabuli (Audio CD)
"Tintinnabuli" is a spectacular CD, possibly the most exciting CD of NEW music I've heard in this millennium so far, certainly the best performance of the choral music of Arvo Pärt I've ever heard. Some of my friends will remember that I've often criticized the popular Tallis Scholars for their transpositions to suit soprano voices and their general stuffiness of rhythmic interpretation. Their skills and voices, however, are precisely what Pärt's bell-chord tintinnabulations demand. The aesthetic of the performers and the 21st C mentality of the composer are in lock-step. So it must have seemed when Palestrina's choristers sang Palestrina's polyphony.
Pärt's music should not be an acquired taste. It should come with awe and immediacy. The ineluctable fact that it's utterly religious in inspiration ... well, if a proud materialist like me can be thrilled by it, surely anyone with an iota of spirituality will swoon for it.
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Abbe Mouret's Transgression (Top 100 Classics - Émile Zola)
Abbe Mouret's Transgression (Top 100 Classics - Émile Zola)
by Émile Zola
Edition: Paperback
Price: $8.95
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Birth of "magic Realism" from the Head of Emile Zola, October 19, 2015
I've just finished La Faute de l'Abbé Mouret, with great labor since it's stuffed with exotic vocabulary, most of it the names of plants/weeds/trees/flowers. Finally I realized that I had no idea what the specified flowers looked like or smelled like in English, so whenever I grasped that the unknown word was the name of another flower, I just sucked it up and accepted my own vague ignorance of nature. Then it went faster.

And what a stunner! What a blind-side surprise! Old Zola invented the essence of Magic Realism long before the term was added to the critical lexicon, perfected it, exhausted it so that none of the later proponents of it had any chance of equaling him. "Faute" is completely unlike any other Zola novel. In fact, it's more a rapturous allegory than a novel by any usual definition. Take it on! I won't spoil it by any hints or evaluations until you've read it.

Meanwhile, I find one previous review by the ever-insightful Herr Schneider, with whom I made a pact years ago to read all of Zola in French. Alas, he's far ahead of me. That we both relish this book amounts to a very strong recommendation.

Je viens de finir La Faute de l'abbé Mouret, avec beaucoup de travail car il est bourré de vocabulaire exotique, la plus grande partie des noms de plantes / herbes / arbres / fleurs. Enfin, je compris que je ne savais pas ce que les fleurs spécifiées ressemblaient ou sentait en anglais, de sorte que chaque fois que je compris que le mot inconnu était le nom d'une autre fleur, je viens aspiré vers le haut et accepté ma propre ignorance vague de la nature. Ensuite, il est allé plus vite.

Et qu'est-ce un produit étonnant! Quelle surprise aveugle côté! Vieux Zola inventé réalisme magique, perfectionné, épuisé de sorte qu'aucun des partisans ultérieures qu'il avait une chance de l'égaler. "Faute" est complètement différent de tout autre roman de Zola. En fait, il est plus une allégorie extatique d'un roman de toute définition habituelle. Prenez-le! Je ne vais pas la gâcher par des conseils ou des évaluations jusqu'à ce que vous l'avez lu.
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La Faute de l'abbé Mouret (French Edition)
La Faute de l'abbé Mouret (French Edition)
by Émile Zola
Edition: Paperback
Price: $14.95
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magic Realism in 19th C French!, October 19, 2015
Je viens de finir La Faute de l'abbé Mouret, avec beaucoup de travail car il est bourré de vocabulaire exotique, la plus grande partie des noms de plantes / herbes / arbres / fleurs. Enfin, je compris que je ne savais pas ce que les fleurs spécifiées ressemblaient ou sentait en anglais, de sorte que chaque fois que je compris que le mot inconnu était le nom d'une autre fleur, je viens aspiré vers le haut et accepté ma propre ignorance vague de la nature. Ensuite, il est allé plus vite.

Et qu'est-ce un produit étonnant! Quelle surprise aveugle côté! Vieux Zola inventé réalisme magique, perfectionné, épuisé de sorte qu'aucun des partisans ultérieures qu'il avait une chance de l'égaler. "Faute" est complètement différent de tout autre roman de Zola. En fait, il est plus une allégorie extatique d'un roman de toute définition habituelle. Prenez-le! Je ne vais pas la gâcher par des conseils ou des évaluations jusqu'à ce que vous l'avez lu.
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