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The Cambridge Companion to Rossini (Cambridge Companions to Music)
The Cambridge Companion to Rossini (Cambridge Companions to Music)
Price: $26.21

1.0 out of 5 stars Almost incomprehensible, February 25, 2015
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This book may be useful to people who know the technicalities of music. I don't. I just wanted to read about Rossini. But it's almost impossible to read this book. If the meaning isn't buried under musical technolese and jargon, then it's buried under just about the worst, most convoluted writing I've ever seen. I don't think this book w as translated, but it reads as though the English version is the third or fourth translation. I don't think anyone who is not a professional musician could enjoy this book. Cambridge needs to try harder.


Star Witness: A Willa Jansson Mystery
Star Witness: A Willa Jansson Mystery

1.0 out of 5 stars really bad, January 18, 2015
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If you would like to read a murder mystery where UFOs are involved, this one's for you. I don't. This book is absurd.


How They Won the War in the Pacific: Nimitz and His Admirals
How They Won the War in the Pacific: Nimitz and His Admirals

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, May 22, 2014
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A really different book dealing with personalities of WWII fighting admirals in the Pacific. Excellent and well written, with access to previously confidential journals.


Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2 CDs)
Cilea: Adriana Lecouvreur (2 CDs)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Performance, April 2, 2014
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I read the highly sarcastic review of this recording and had to answer becaue I think it gorssly unfair.

I really don't care about the age of these two singers on this recording (and I saw them both at the Met at the end of their careers). As it happens, in this recording, they were both extremely powerful, lyrical, and moving. As for Richard Bonynge "holding back the orchestra," maybe the reviewer should get his ears cleaned. The conducting and orchestra playing is superb, and one beautifully performed moment follows another. I have seen this opera at the Met with various casts including Carreras, Caballe, Domingo, and Scotto, and this performance on this recording is the best I ever heard. I don't think anyone will be disappointed in its power and intensity and its ability to realize every great moment of the opera.


The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
The Perfectionist: Life and Death in Haute Cuisine
Offered by Penguin Group (USA) LLC
Price: $10.99

5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, March 6, 2014
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This is a superbly written story of the Loiseau tragedy. It is excellently researched, and the author relates stories about Loiseau from some of the legendary chefs of France. A tragic story, and an excellent monument to Loiseau and all he stood for.


Read & Think French
Read & Think French
Price: $9.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. Avoid it., January 4, 2014
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I agree with some of the other commentators. There are obvious errors. If you are just learning the language, you need to trust your teacher. There is no other choice.


Railroads Across North America: An Illustrated History
Railroads Across North America: An Illustrated History
Price: $13.75

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for train lovers, September 5, 2013
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If you love trains, this could be a great book for you.

The book consists of hundreds of short (2-5 page) articles on a vast variety of topics like individual railroads, motive power, historical events, railroad art, and individual trains, as examples.

The book is lavishly illustrated with color pictures with perhaps eight pictures per ten pages.

This is a popular, not a scholarly book, but it is extremely enjoyable. I'm very glad I got it and, if you love railroads, you might be too.


Verdi: Don Carlo
Verdi: Don Carlo
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4.0 out of 5 stars Parts of this are really great, May 13, 2013
This review is from: Verdi: Don Carlo (Audio CD)
This is an uneven performance but the best parts are fabulous.

The cast is uniformly great. I didn't understand the criticisim of Marti Talvella; he is really threatening in this role (as he was when I saw him at the Met). The "panting" to which someone refers was, I really think, intentionally done to show the emotional agitation of the character under stress. Every single principal singer performs very dramatically, and I think Eberhard Wachter is especially superb and incredibly moving as Rodrigo. I know someone who actually saw this performance and she told me his acting was absolutely great, even aside from his singing.

Unfortunately, the conductor is sort of not too exciting. Great orchestral moments pass by without the drama that you hear in many other recordings, especially von Karajan's. On the other hand, the dramatic excitment of this live recording makes this worth listening to, and with all its flaws, it is much more intense than studio recordings.


Werther
Werther
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic performance, April 28, 2013
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This is a 1953 mono recording done by artists that few people remember today. The conductor is the great but largely forgotten Francesco Molinari-Pradelli. But this is a very great, passionate, sweeping romantic performance and almost sounds live, it so exciting. I have several recordings of this opera with much "bigger names" in the cast. But none of them compares to this for sheer excitement. Very highly recommended.


Chicks with Guns
Chicks with Guns
by Lindsay McCrum
Edition: Hardcover
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book, February 20, 2013
This review is from: Chicks with Guns (Hardcover)
This is a book with absolutely superb photographs. The pictures are all really great individual portraits and the text is extremely interesting.


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