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I've had this for several months now and I still haven't returned it. Every once in a while I will try to fit the little holders into the unit and get it close properly and start firing up, but inevitably I fail to snap the units in properly and grow frustrated and start mumbling incoherent epithets at the Philips company and put the thing away for another month or two. Granted, I'm not the most adept kid on the block when it comes to anything even slightly mechanical, but I have been known to successfully snap times into their properly fitting spaces once or twice in my lifetime. This is not one of those times. Eventually I will get my son to put the thing together for me and will no doubt get hours of brush sanitizing enjoyment in years to come. Until that time, just call me "frustrated, but hopeful."...Read more
I test marketed this as part of the Amazon Vine Program. It wouldn't have been an unmotivated purchase, but I was satisfied that the product pretty much did as advertised. In combination with steam from a hot shower, it does a good job of permeating pores and making the skin feel clean, which is a good thing in my area, which has relatively poor water quality, so that my skin often feels slightly filmy after a shower. This cleanser rinses away cleanly and leaves only a slight trace of a neutral, natural smelling scent.
I prefer fragrance free skin cleansers, but this is definitely not too overpowering.
I use these in creating my ideal iced coffee. I take the contents of one can and add it to whatever morning brew I have left over in my coffee press, along with a short squirt of liquid Agave sweetener and a small measure of organic half and half and VOILA!…the perfect iced coffee. It's a seasonal drink with me (the warm months), so I don't do the auto renew thing, but I really like the unsweetened espresso that illy is noted for....Read more
I do a lot of clothes shopping online these days. It can be a bit hit-and-miss, as you never really know what you're in for until you try the item on. My shirt arrived in a timely manner. As an Amazon Prime member, I'm generally very happy with the expedited two day free delivery. The shirt is a bit on the Euro side as far as fit. Snug, but not overly constricting. What I like most is the light weight of the cotton. It's a great shirt for warm weather climates. The stitching, details and fabric are all high quality. I will definitely be purchasing more shirts from Seaplane....Read more
The disc provides what the title implies, Jazz greats recording some of the finest treatments of Gershwin tunes on record. It seems like most of the really high quality, bargain priced jazz sets are coming out of the UK these days. I just purchased a fine set of Cab Calloway recordings recently and couldn't be happier with the product. 2 1935-1940 A Commodore Records retrospective was also great value, high quality. The Commodore Story (US Release). Highlights here include the incomparable chanteuse, Lee Wiley, performing her famous version of "Someone to Watch Over Me, " with Eddie Condon and his orchestra. Billy Holliday with her orchestra contribute to the proceedings with her well known version of "The Man I Love," and her less often recorded interpretation of "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off."
The inimitable Sidney Bechet offers up a splendid rendition of "Summertime," as does another fairly famous trumpeter (Louis Armstrong) with "Loved Walked In." There's also Django Reinhardt and Stephan Grappelli tearing it up with what may be THE jazz rendition of "I've Got Rhythm." Throw in some Fletcher Henderson with a little Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, etc. and you indeed have a house full of jazz-swing greatness. All of this is enhanced by the fact that the sound quality is excellent. I'm not too certain what "3D Sound" is supposed to refer to, but the audio is excellent throughout. It definitely doesn't sound like a tinny budget disc. Kudos to all involved in getting this product to market with obvious attention and regard to quality. Should appeal to a broad spectrum of listeners. Five stars, without reservations.
Quite simply, the most comfortable, least clingy briefs I've ever worn (and I've worn quite a few, thank you!). The highest recommendation. I will be purchasing more Much better than Allen Solley, Ralph Lauren, or any other high end underwear....Read more
I don't know much about this group and came across them via a sampler for Matador records that I picked up for a buck in the local Goodwill store. The sampler was from 1997 and I notice this group has been around for over 15 years. Judging from this recording they are a tight unit that boasts some really terrific vocals from the female lead, great guitar and percussion, and better than the usual run of the mill indie drone and monotony that often leads me to tire of this sort of thing after one or two listens. This stuff actually grabs and takes hold of the imagination, which good music is supposed to do. Infectious beat...good lyrics....I'd give it an 8 on the scale of 10, though I'd look pretty silly if I tried to dance to it.
Must be something about the name "Clarence" and great Blues and R&B artists. Think of Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Clarence Clemons (the late, great E-Street sax player,) Clarence Carter Snatching It Back: Best of, etc...This particular Clarence is unfortunately generally forgotten outside of New Orleans these days. This CD is a pretty good indicator of just how potent and proficient a musician the man was back in the early days of zydeco and before rock and roll was really born. He and fellow artist Clifton Chenier, with whom Garlow toured and recorded in the early 50's, were among the real progenitors of Rock and Roll, particularly of the blues tinged variety. Clarence is perhaps best remembered today as the originator of the song, "Bon Tons Roula (sic)," which has become synonymous with zydeco music.
This CD offers up pretty much what the title says it will: Louisiana Stomp." Bayou blues, swamp water, crawfish, snakes, cajun boogie beat, etc. The authentic variety...no artificial flavorings here. If you like Dr John, New Orleans blues, Professor Longhair, Marcia Ball, The Radiators, etc. you will no doubt get a real charge out of this music as well. Garlow also appears on another truly fun CD available on Amazon: Hidden Charms
Dr Johnson's famous dictum about a theater audience's "willing suspension of disbelief" sprang to my mind immediately when watching this TV movie. For me, it required a bit too much willingness. Too many preposterous aspects to overcome.
The major flaw was the playing of the ensemble. No orchestra in recorded history could sit down together and perform to the degree of expertise and synchronicity that this "chamber orchestra" does. Cold. First time they've seen the score. Sight reading. One hiccup during the entire rehearsal. Without a conductor, save for the Beethoven character standing in front of them and intermittently flailing his arms. Dramatic license is one thing, risible, preposterous impossibility is quite another.
The characterization is in general, laughable. Stock characters, all, with nothing nuanced, formulaic in the extreme. The aristocratic snob military Count sneers and snips and gripes his way through the performance, the young, "with it" female servant smiles beatifically and knowingly throughout the film, her visage a perfect reflection of the deep, romantic truths epitomized by the master's music. The dialogue sounds as if it were written by a very earnest, but very verbally limited, smart young thing from Shropshire or Dusseldorf or the Herbert Von Karajan school of genius lovers.
If you want to know what actually led up to the historical debut of Beethoven's third symphony, get your hands on a good biography. I recommend Emil Ludwig'sBEETHOVEN LIFE OF A CONQUERER. Ludwig had an understanding of the era and of the figures involved that is beyond the ken of the creative team collected here. Ludwig wrote biographies of both Napoleon and Beethoven, so he was a little better equipped to delineate the dynamics of Beethoven's reaction to Napoleon's apostasy than are indicated by the filmmaker's clumsy attempts. Napoleon by Emil Ludwig
I will say that in terms of the actual music, the recording and the playing is first rate. John Eliot Gardner conducted his orchestra for the actual performance and they do their usual yeoman's work.
Finally, I have problems with Ian Hart being cast as Beethoven. He looks more Hobbit-like than composer-like.
If you want to see composers depicted well for television and cinema, look to some of the early treatments from Ken Russell Ken Russell at the BBC. His portrayals of composers such as Delius, Debussy and Elgar are models of combining drama with a good dose of historical accuracy (his later excesses regarding Tchaikovsky The Music Lovers and Liszt Lisztomania are different matters entirely.
I had no idea who Zalenka was until I was reading the notes for a Lotti Requiem CD that mentioned Lotti's influence on Bach, Handel, Zalenka and John Pisendel (whom I also have yet to investigate). I've been exploring a lot of early and Baroque music via Amazon reviews and poking around Rhapsody. Rhapsody carried this recording, so I looked it up on Amazon and see it's only available via download. I'm no classical music scholar, so can't speak to the nuances of the musicians, nor can I offer up any insights into other Zalenka recordings, save the few I've sampled on line. All I can say is that it's extremely intricate, rich, masterfully composed music that stems from an obvious master, thoroughly at home in the musical ideas of his era. The recording is flawless to my untrained ear, expertly played and conducted.
Sorry I can't provide more details, but am just going on impressions here. I'm a classical music lover, but hardly a connoisseur. As far as I can tell, there is nothing to complain about with this recording. I do know enough to be aware that the combination of Rene Jacobs and Harmonia Mundi is a can't lose proposition. I's like to be able to purchase the CD version of this recording, but as of this date, I'll have to settle for the download.