Samara White

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MySQL Clustering
MySQL Clustering
MySQL Clustering by Alex Davies and Harrison Fisk. Rated 1 out of 5 stars, with 1 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the mysql category.
A primera vista
A primera vista
A primera vista by Nicholas Sparks. Rated 3.2 out of 5 stars, with 10 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Nicholas Sparks category.
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set
Stephen King Novel Collection 22 Book Set by Stephen King. Rated 5 out of 5 stars, with 3 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
It by Stephen King (1987-08-07)
It by Stephen King (1987-08-07)
It by Stephen King (1987-08-07) by Stephen King;. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars, with 11 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Stephen King category.
Magento 2 Development Essentials
Magento 2 Development Essentials
Magento 2 Development Essentials by Fernando J. Miguel. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars, with 5 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the 'PHP programming' category.
Practical Apache Spark: Using the Scala API
Practical Apache Spark: Using the Scala API
Practical Apache Spark: Using the Scala API by Subhashini Chellappan and Dharanitharan Ganesan. Rated 4 out of 5 stars, with 2 ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the Scala programming category.
AMEMNY Steve The People Who are Crazy Enough Steve Jobs Canvas Painting Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes Print Poster Artwork for Living Room Bedroom Office Framed Ready to Hang
AMEMNY Steve The People Who are Crazy Enough Steve Jobs Canvas Painting Inspirational Entrepreneur Quotes Print Poster Artwork for Living Room Bedroom Office Framed Ready to Hang
I bought this picture to place above a couch which is in a sitting area beside kitchen in which I have a "vegetable" theme. It is perfect for the space and I am thrilled to finally find something that works well with the colors I have, but isn't overpowering. The canvas ships from China, but arrives quickly (about a week) and was well-packaged to avoid damage in route.
The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 1)
The Enigma Strain (Harvey Bennett Thrillers Book 1)
Harvey "Ben" Bennett is a park ranger at Yellowstone National Park. While out on a seemingly routine re-home of a bear that got a little too close for comfort, a bomb goes off in the park, killing his partner on the job. Bennett is soon thrust into an ongoing investigation into a new "bug" that is causing massive boils and rashes to form and quickly spread across its victims. He joins forces with CDC investigator Juliette Richardson as they try to figure out what is going on in Yellowstone and what is causing people to break out into these rashes, and then die.

I haven't written many reviews of the Michael Crichton books I've read, but let me tell you that if Orwell was the first book I ever read. Jurassic Park and/or The Andromeda Strain by Crichton was the first book I ever fell in love with. This book has all the pacing, writing style, and love that I always felt in Crichton works.

With that being said, I love a good bio-thriller. Anything where they dive deep into what the virus, or bacteria, or what-have-you and does it justice is usually a high rater in my book. Engima Stain just cruised up into 5 stars, the background of the disease was super interesting and I haven't read too many books that were about a similar idea.

The first thing I did when I finished this book was call up my dad and tell him I had just gifted him a copy for his Kindle. He's a fast-paced thriller fan, and I knew that he was going to love this. Bennett's character was just, interesting. I found myself spending time trying to figure him out, what makes him tick, why is he afraid of flying "he just doesn't like it."

The relationship between Ben and Juliette was a nice addition for me, it didn't feel forced or unnatural at all. Their characters, while seemingly quiet and stand-offish, were better when they were together.

There were some twists in this that I didn't expect, and when a book can do that, I'm always impressed. The relationships (both growth and history) were really nice additions without making this book super long.

Overall, Thacker has done it again. Blending the pacing and science of Crichton with his own unique twists, this book is sure to please many fans over many genres.

I honestly think that was the first book that I ever looked at from Thacker, but for some reason never read it. I have since read many of his short stories and I am currently reading The Depths, and enjoying that thoroughly.

View more reviews of Thacker's work and others at my blog: books.beergodblog DOT com
Aretha Franklin (Live in Paris 1977)
Aretha Franklin (Live in Paris 1977)
Aretha Franklin (Live in Paris 1977) by Aretha Franklin. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with undefined ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the "Aretha Franklin" category.
Led Black Light Bar, 10W 1ft USB Portable T5 UV Blacklight Tube Glow in The Dark for Body Paint Room Bedroom Décor Party Supplies Stage Lighting Fluorescent Poster Halloween Club
Led Black Light Bar, 10W 1ft USB Portable T5 UV Blacklight Tube Glow in The Dark for Body Paint Room Bedroom Décor Party Supplies Stage Lighting Fluorescent Poster Halloween Club
We bought it for our basement so kids can have glow in the night party.
It not only can help us party but also shown us some invisible marks on our walls.

It's helpful and multiple ways as it makes things glow which are little fluorescent. Even if we've had any marks which have little fluorescence in them we could identify and potentially seal or paint them off.

Since its powered on using a USB, we can easily put it anywhere. It's small and fits into the bag backpack. If we want to add more serial lights, each light has a power outlet which can connect the other lights in series.

Very very useful and fun
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (4K UHD)
Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (4K UHD)
An author writes a book on their own. A comic book may have two authors (artist & story-writer). A film requires enormous up-front finance these days, dozens of people, etc. This may explain why "First in the marvellous new series..." feels natural where a book is concerned, but "sequel" in films screams "The first one made money! Quick!! Let's write another & cash in!!!" Despite the fact that GotG is "based on" Marvel Comics superhero characters, this is exactly how these films feel to me. Longish review shortened - GotG1 is decent, 4*; GotG2 is a duff cash-in, 2*. Average that out - 3*.

I am NOT a comic book fan. I've read the odd one here & there. Watchmen was damn fine & so was the film. But comic books have mostly passed me by, Marvel superhero stuff entirely so. I've happily escaped the money-making franchise mushroom that has appeared over the past decade or so. But GotG looked like fun, and this pack gives me both so...

GotG on film is as shallow as a puddle. If there's any depth to the comic books, it's not shown in either film. Consequently as a non-reader, I'm sure there's back-story & stuff that I'm utterly unaware off. And I can feel it; that things I should know are missing. This is not a good start. For all that, GotG can, I think, be fairly described as an SF action-adventure romp. It's fun but without any depth. Characters are cardboard cut-outs at best, wholly one dimensional if not. It's crash, bang, wallop, knockabout fun with gags & comedy side-kicks. Nothing wrong with that. It's 4*.

I don't know what they thought were doing with GotG2. I don't know whether it's actually based on a genuine GotG story, or whether it was written for the film. But it's duff. The plot is dodgy anyway, but then they load 3 sub-plots onto a script that has a dodgy premise & would struggle to support one sub-plot. The chuckles diminish, the SFX are... only what we've seen before, the crash bang wallop keeps getting interrupted with dull philosophising / moralising, "Why do you hate me / why don't you love me / how can you be like this" shizzle that simply doesn't work in the shallow universe we see. Oh, plus it is ENTIRELY predictable. Meh.

Let's put it like this - 1 is worth having, 2 isn't really, 3 is currently shelved. And if it becomes unshelved, I won't be taking any interest, given what 2 was like. I can't remember the prices I saw when I added GotG to my Wishlist, but if the price for this pack is close to the price for 1 alone, then buy the pack; you might as well. If it's not... 1 is worth spending a few quid for; 2 isn't.
Honeybee Gardens: Men's Products, Herbal Gluten-Free Vegan Aftershave, Bay Rum, 4 oz
Honeybee Gardens: Men's Products, Herbal Gluten-Free Vegan Aftershave, Bay Rum, 4 oz
I love the scent of this splash.
It is my favorite, luckily my wife likes it too so I can wear it often.
It doesn't dry out my skin like many other aftershave splashes.
It gives the usual alcohol sting feedback I want to help me judge my DE safety razor shaves.
The sting can be non-existent or intense for 10 or 15 seconds, depending on how well I shaved.
The essential oils in this do great recovery work on my face on the days I do poorly.
It puts out the fire of razor burn for me on less than stellar shaves.
Really bad shaves need a second splash a bit later to clear my skin of lingering redness.
Like most aftershave splashes, the scent fades away in a few hours.
Art of Ranma 1/2
Art of Ranma 1/2
I have great respect for Rumiko Takahashi. She is one of the six great creators whom I believe wanna-be comic book writers and artists MUST study if they are to truly contribute to the genre, whether they like manga or not. However...
I found myself dissapointed with "The Art of Ranma 1/2," eventhough it confirmed what i already knew to be true. (That's why it gets 3 Stars... it's a good book, but...)
Rumiko Takahashi is, first and foremost, a cartoonist. This is very clear in her "The Art of Ranma 1/2." This book of paintings culled from a variety of sources, such as video covers and pin-ups and posters from the 'Ranma 1/2' series' original run in a Japanese anthology comic book are pretty, but they are nothing special. Takahashi's talent shines when it is applied to panel art rather than single illustrations.
"The Art of Ranma 1/2" is only of interest to hardcore "Ranma 1/2" fans... but if you're one of those, it's a must-own. Takahashi offers a range of insight into the how's and why's of the series and the illustrations in an interview and through liner notes. But, as an art book, it should probably be passed on.
Walking - Publishing People Series
Walking - Publishing People Series
Walking - Publishing People Series by Henry David Thoreau. Rated undefined out of 5 stars, with null ratings. Read more and check out similar items in the thoreau category.
Deep in the Jungle of Doom (Give Yourself Goosebumps #11)
Deep in the Jungle of Doom (Give Yourself Goosebumps #11)
Between my school library and the public library, there weren't that many GYG books available to me, but I remember my friend bought about twelve of them and I mooched them off of him every now and then to read (or just look at the pretty covers). Therefore, this book stuck out in my mind as one he definitely had. All that said, it was pretty great. I liked the jungle setting, which reminded me a lot of the island setting from the Tiki Island one. There were a lot of third parties in this book including Amazon Warrior Women, some big-game hunters, a jungle tribe, and a troll. The two storylines involve either turning into a fish-creature or getting lost and encountering all the above parties. A decent, if not terribly awesome, GYG book.
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 09: Sangohan (Dragon Ball (sens français) (9)) (French Edition)
Dragon Ball (sens français) - Tome 09: Sangohan (Dragon Ball (sens français) (9)) (French Edition)
Le Shōnen manga par excellence, précurseur du genre, rempli d'humour(assez grivoise), beaucoup imité, jamais égalé !!

Culte pour toute une génération, si vous ne connaissaient pas faites vous votre propre avis, foncé et vous ne
saurez surement pas déçus!!

Univers Ancestral, plongé dans le monde des arts martiaux,
les aventures du jeune Sangoku se poursuivent, l'auteur continue de nous réjouir avec une histoire toujours aussi palpitante et un Tome encore rempli d'humour. Un pure régal !!

Dans le même genre je peux vous je peux vous conseiller Hunter X Hunter, One Piece, Naruto,Bleach, Fairy Tail, Death Note autres shōnen à succès et plus récemment My Hero Academia.

Bonne lecture à tous
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #4
Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer #4
Zum Comic selber kann ich mich nicht äußern, denn ich kann ihn nur auf meinem Handy öffnen und da sich die Seiten nicht auf eine lesbare Größe hochzoomen lassen. Sehr ärgerlich war aber, dass ich den Comic gar nicht bestellen, sondern mich erstmal nur informieren wollte, worum es sich bei diesem Band 4 eigentlich handelte. Daher habe ich ihn nur angeklickt und schon war das Teil gekauft, ohne eine Rückfrage oder eine sonstige Möglichkeit, diesen Kauf zu stornieren.
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana
I’ve been waiting for “The Road to Cana” since falling head over heals in love with “Out of Egypt.” I was not disappointed. Ann Rice attempted the incredible challenge of writing a first person stream-of-consciousness of Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) thoughts and actions just before and after his initiation into public ministry. Many people won’t like it. I thought it was a great success, both in reminding us of the humanity of Jesus as declared in the New Testament and in affirming the overwhelming historical evidence for the fact that he was more than human.
If the rating system were ten stars instead of five, I would have given this book a 9. The one star fall off is due to two minor blemishes:
1. Rice holds true to her newly found Roman Catholic faith by fictionalizing events in a way that protects the perpetual virginity of Mary the mother of Yeshua (Jesus). This is unnecessary. There is no biblical evidence for this. There is biblical evidence questioning this. Although this did not detract significantly from the story, Rice’s manipulations of people and events for this purpose compromised her otherwise faithful observance of the biblical accounts.
2. The book climaxes with Yeshua’s miracle of water into wine at the wedding in Cana. Rice correctly shares that this miracle was attested by many eye witnesses. Rice also correctly observes that some people refused to believe those eye witnesses. The essence of the miracle in Rice’s account rests in the “power” revealed. Some people were awed by the power. Others could not believe it. This misses the point of this particular miracle, which in the Gospel of John is NOT a miracle of “power” but rather a “SIGN” of the kingdom, indeed the “first sign” of the seven signs described by John. The Sign, understood by all of those educated Israelites who were present, was that this miracle fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming Messiah. The Messiah would usher in a time of abundant blessings, and one sign of these blessings would be a supernatural abundance of wine, as described for instance in the last words of the prophet Amos (9:11-15). First century rabbi’s expanded on these prophecies with many other-worldly predictions regarding the coming Messiah. Rice’s story line would have been greatly augmented if she had accounted for this aspect of the first sign performed by Yeshua. The Sign pointed to Yeshua as the promised Messiah.
Rice does a commendable job of integrating first century Palestinian culture and history into her story. Given the above critique, I would recommend that for future installments, she consult with more than one New Testament scholar, inviting scholars to critique her account. In any case, I’m looking forward to the next in the Life of Christ series.
LIGHTAILING Light Set for (Harry Potter Hogwarts Express) Building Blocks Model - Led Light kit Compatible with Lego 75955(NOT Included The Model)
LIGHTAILING Light Set for (Harry Potter Hogwarts Express) Building Blocks Model - Led Light kit Compatible with Lego 75955(NOT Included The Model)
Idk who said these weren't bright, I think they light up great! Some are easy to put in once set is already built, this one for the train... Not so much, I would recommend adding the wires as you build. I had a rough time with it, but it could just be me. Either way these are great, and it comes with its own light up bricks! Definitely adds life to the set. Keep in mind! The lego set is NOT INCLUDED. It says so in the description. I do think the lights are a bit pricey, but I'm not crafty with wires and not gonna go get all the wires and stuff required to do this hahaha
Harry Potter 1
Harry Potter 1
My 8 year old son is really getting into the books and is currently starting the 4th book so I bought this blu ray to get him started on the movies. As with most cases of movies based on books, it doesn't have anywhere near the detail of the book but is still a really entertaining watch from start to finish. There are a couple scary moments that some young children might be frightened by but for the most part my son loved it and I enjoyed it as well.

The picture and sound quality are both great, as you would expect from a blu ray disc. There are a number of special features included on the disc but nothing that stands out.

All in all, its a really good start to the Potter movies and highly recommended to all Potter fans.
Yesterday
Yesterday
“Yesterday” Distributed by Universal Pictures, 116 Minutes, Rated PG-13, Released June 28, 2019:

It’s probably not a good idea to put too much thought into “Yesterday” while you’re watching it, although you’ll probably find it impossible to not think about it afterwards.

The violations of the space-time continuum in the picture are difficult to accommodate, especially for those audience members who follow the “Star Wars” and Marvel Comics-based pictures, and are notoriously picky about such details. And although “Yesterday” is filled with amusing scenes, charming set pieces, and some of the best music ever composed and performed, the whole is decidedly not a sum of its parts. And that’s a real shame.

In “Yesterday,” Jack Malik, a struggling British musician on the worn edge of youth, is tempted by his lack of success to quit the music business and return to his primary profession of school teaching. But after he’s knocked unconscious in a traffic accident caused by a cosmic anomaly and momentary global power outage, the young musician awakens to find a substantial change in culture. Specifically, the world has no memory, or historical account, of Coca-Cola, cigarettes...or The Beatles.

Now the failing musician is faced with a dilemma...and an opportunity. With a head filled with Beatles songs in a world that’s never heard them, his path to global superstardom is open--all he needs to do is to claim the Beatles music catalog as his own. But first he needs to decide whether unprecedented fame and wealth is worth the burden of having to live with a lie...and possibly losing the affection of the only girl who ever truly loved him.

Despite an original premise and a musical score filled with a dozen or so of the best songs ever written, “Yesterday” ultimately becomes a fairly standard rags-to-riches entertainment story, a variation of the Faust legend, with British actor Himesh Patel’s Jack in the Faust role, Lily James as Marguerite, the girlfriend, here called Ellie Appleton, and Kate McKinnon as Mephistopheles in the guise of the venal and soulless talent manager Debra Hammer, who promises young Jack riches beyond comprehension in exchange for his talent.

Part of the joy of the Beatles experience was in witnessing their growth and maturation. When heard today, their early music--songs such as 1962’s “Love Me Do” and “She Loves You” in 1963--seem primitive and primordial, little more complex than prehistoric cavern-dwellers chanting and pounding on hollow logs. That the group in a few years’ time was able to gain the musicianship and sophistication to produce works like “A Day in the Life,” “Penny Lane” and “Strawberry Fields Forever” is nearly astonishing.

There’s no sense of that wonder in “Yesterday,” and even less of the joy. Jack, the movie’s central character, possesses the knowledge of the Beatles catalog, but not the discipline the band’s members required to produce it. Despite his presumptive skill and experience as a musician, during Jack’s first solo appearance with his own band to perform one of “his” new compositions before an audience, the opening song (the 1965 hit “Help”) is almost laughably inept, hardly even worthy of a suburban teenage garage band.

Additionally, despite the movie’s premise there’s never any real sense of the band’s eventually modifying world culture. The impact of The Beatles extended beyond popular music, and eventually affected world culture. To begin with, without The Beatles there likely would’ve been no Rolling Stones, Woodstock, Michael Jackson, or long hair on men--all details mentioned in the film as having occurred anyway.

Worse, in a movie which turns on the audience’s liking the central character, Himesh Patel’s Jack Malik becomes almost painfully unsympathetic, and even unlikable. To be successful as a persuasive dramatic narrative, the movie has to show us plainly why the lovable Lily James as Ellie follows her musician crush, and encourages him to persist in his pursuit of success in music. Instead, the audience falls in love with Lily James as Ellie, and vaguely wishes she’d come to her senses and dump Jack, maybe find a guy who’s a little more attentive and caring.

Of Jack’s musical work without the spirit of The Beatles on his shoulder, Kate McKinnon as the Mephistophelean manager Debra delivers the picture’s best line: “I hate it...but I’m not interested enough to listen to it again to find out why.” It’s a great line, but she might also be describing the picture’s plot development, or even the movie’s central character.

In the end, Jack’s decision, and the path of his soul, is made easy by a piece of advice he receives from a familiar countenance indeed. Led by an address slipped to him by a fan, Jack arrives at the door of an aging, reclusive artist living in a remote seaside cottage on the periphery of society. The old artist shares with the conflicted young man the culmination of his long years of experience: “Tell the girl you love you love her,” the old man advises Jack, “and tell the truth whenever you can.” Come to think of it, that’s what those four guys were telling us all along.

Directed by the talented and eclectic Danny Boyle, the filmmaker behind 1996’s “Trainspotting” and 2008’s “Slumdog Millionaire,” from a screenplay by the equally-talented Richard Curtis, the writer behind 1999’s “Notting Hill” and 2003’s “Love Actually,” “Yesterday” is entertaining enough, but richly unsatisfying. The picture ultimately presents viewers with more questions than answers. For fans of the Beatles--and honestly, if there weren’t millions of us, there’d be no movie--”Yesterday” might inspire a sense of disquiet, and possibly a feeling of blasphemy.

One character is exactly correct when she observes toward the end of the picture, “A world without The Beatles is a world that’s infinitely worse.” But at the same time, the picture’s premise and structure begs a question: If a single musician were really able to compose the whole of The Beatles’ catalog of songs before even releasing his first record album, what in the world would he do for an encore?

“Yesterday” is rated PG-13 for suggestive content and language concerns.
Harry Potter Hufflepuff Arm Party
Harry Potter Hufflepuff Arm Party
5 bracelets with 3 very clearly saying Hufflepuff and 2 general. I love 2 of them, like 2 of them and the fifth is meh. It is essentially a hair tie with a large metal band that says Hufflepuff. On the wrist, all 5 together is very busy and fussy so I'll be wearing them individually.

I didn't realize that these were gold-colored (hate gold) but they are still very nice and it won't stop me from wearing them.
Officemate Portable Clipboard Storage Case with Calculator, Charcoal (83302)
Officemate Portable Clipboard Storage Case with Calculator, Charcoal (83302)
When I opened the cover for the first time, I heard a loud snap. Turns out it was part of the clip that holds the cover on - it broke off, which scared me a little. I breathed a sigh of relief though, because the cover is still holding onto the case, but it's a little disappointing that this happened.

The calculator is... well, a calculator, and it does exactly what you'd expect it to, though the buttons might come out if you are not careful (they are easy to put back in if they do).

I can't get the bottom compartment to hold more than three pens, or at least that's the most I can fit in there.

My biggest gripe is that the clipping part of the clipboard doesn't actually do a very good job of holding paper, if I hold the thing by its handle my papers will slowly start to drop towards the floor. They haven't fallen off, but that's because I haven't let them, I don't know if they'll fall completely off.

There is a nice selection of folders and pockets on the inside, for papers and cards and whatnot.

For its size, it's not all that heavy, which is nice.
Boao 12 Pieces Novelty Gradient Bandana Classic Paisley Cotton Handkerchief (Gradient-colors)
Boao 12 Pieces Novelty Gradient Bandana Classic Paisley Cotton Handkerchief (Gradient-colors)
Perfect for cheap very breathable face masks for the price and colors looks great on one side. One corner does have 100% Cotton printed on it but not very noticeable.These aren't going to last forever and after washing with regular laundry twice can see small stitch frays (think Forever 21 or Jeans Wharhouse cheap stitching). If you handwashed or washed separately with dedicates probably wouldn't be a problem. With that said they seem sturdy enough to last quite awhile and Im very happy with the purchase. I did not have any fading or bleeding with these. When I got them I washed them all together separate from other laundry in cold water just to make sure they are clean. but have since just thrown in with regular laundry mostly on hot or warm so I wouldnt be concerned with bleeding. Ordered for daughter to go back to school much easier to breathe through than any of the cotten or disposable masks and easy for her to adjust. Fits men's large heads too and your face won't get hot wearing it. I find girls like trying above pony tail but men and shory hair people have no problem keeping them on.
Regalo de Navidad Negro Venta Viernes Cyber Venta Lunes Ofertas Lindo Luz de Noche para Niños Bebé Led Nursery Dormitorio Lámpara Led Mesita de Dormir Mood Luz de Noche Dinosaurio Unicornio Oso Juguete Regalo para Niños Bebé
Regalo de Navidad Negro Venta Viernes Cyber Venta Lunes Ofertas Lindo Luz de Noche para Niños Bebé Led Nursery Dormitorio Lámpara Led Mesita de Dormir Mood Luz de Noche Dinosaurio Unicornio Oso Juguete Regalo para Niños Bebé
Update: we’ve had this moon night light for about a month now. We’ve had to replace the batteries a couple of times because our little girl loves to go to sleep with this every night with it in bed with her. Again, it’s got some brutal reviews about it not working but that has not been my experience. It’s been very reliable and sometimes stays on all night. I can still solidly recommend this to anyone looking for cute nightlight that can actually go to bed with your kiddo. Great product.

Original review: There are a lot of mixed reviews for this little night light, some great and some downright angry.

First, let’s remember this isn’t a crazy expensive item.

Having said that, my little one LOVES this thing. It’s lightweight and durable enough to allow her to take this to bed with her. I have to sneak in after awhile and turn it off to preserve the batteries and function as long as possible. The batteries can be replaced.

I do wish there was an auto off feature, but then again this is a $10 nightlight. Honestly if she gets a couple to a few weeks worth of use from it as a nightlight this thing served it’s purpose. It gets played with while it’s off too, so I’m sure my little one will get far more than $10 enjoyment out of it.

Overall, for a $10 impulse buy I’d say this little guy is a win. I would definitely recommend and most likely replace once this one wears out.
Fazıl Say / Mozart Complete Sonatas (6 Cd Set)
Fazıl Say / Mozart Complete Sonatas (6 Cd Set)
18 sonatas de piano de WA Mozart en 6 CDs (487’) grabadas espléndidamente en la sala del Mozarteum de Salzburg en un Steinway cantarín admirablemente preparado por el técnico.

El pianista turco Fazil Say nos ofrece ahora una cara algo distinta de lo que había sido habitual: ya no busca tanto ‘épater le bourgeois’ como transmitirnos su amor por el compositor, creando una mini-ópera en cada sonata tocadas sin apresuramientos febriles. No sé si tendrá algo que ver, pero su técnica ya no es lo infalible e inmaculada que era (ha perdido precisión y notas falladas hacen su aparición), pero el artista compensa con su elección de la vía expresiva del teatro, de la sorpresa, de la fantasía y del drama, todo un caleidoscopio del alma mozartiana creando distintas atmósferas con un juego móvil en el que el dinamismo es su característica sobresaliente.

Pero siendo quien es, no puede evitar que se perciba un pobre entendimiento de lo que significa el estilo clásico, fraseo buscando la provocación, unas dinámicas sorprendentes o la aparición de voces interiores donde no las había. En la misma tónica, se toma libertades en la elección del tempo, pero siempre con algún tipo de justificación expresiva. Observa todas las repeticiones, pero las da tal cual sin ornamentación alguna. Sus movimientos lentos son de una sensibilidad y finura llamativas (salvo cuando irrumpe un staccato muy molesto, ni ortodoxo y ni esperado).

Ya se hace una idea: un Mozart distinto al de cualquiera de sus colegas, de antes y de ahora, concebido como un viaje del que probablemente Ud saldrá ocasionalmente embelesado, frecuentemente desconcertado y es muy posible que no desee repetirlo. No se agradece el poder escuchar los canturreos del artista.

Recomendaciones: nadie ha conseguido la diamantina claridad aliada con fuertes contrastes dinámicos de Lili Kraus, que elevan estas obras a otra dimensión de calidad musical: la versión de 1967/68 de Sony tiene muy buen sonido stereo, pero la anterior monoaural en Erato y Music&Arts de 1954 es la que hay que tener. Si uno busca simplicidad y musicalidad natural, quedará satisfecho con la grabación monoaural de Carl Seemann/DG; si busca un balance ideal entre clasicismo y sensibilidad expresiva, vaya a Pires/Brilliant o DG; si busca vida en ebullición en un instrumento de época, vaya a Brautigam/BIS. Si busca el mejor sonido posible y una amalgama de articulación precisa y sutileza no preciosista, la encontrará en una integral de 8 SACDs híbridos de Robert Silverman con la que es probablemente una de las mejores tomas de sonido (en su naturalidad) de un Steinway Grand que he escuchado (sello Isomike a precio de escándalo).

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