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Rattle and Hun

Rattle and Hun Sir Simon Rattle, Berlin Philharmonic, Staatsoper, Unter Den Linden, Berlin, December 2017: Stravinsky, Petrushka, Rachmaninov, Symphony No. 3 in A minor. Staatskapelle Berlin, conducted by François-Xavier Roth, Konzerthauss, Berlin. Reviewed by TONY COOPER Sergei Rachmaninov wrote his Third Symphony in 1936, … Continue reading

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M.L. West, Cementing a Legacy

M.L.West, Cementing a Legacy M.L. West, ed., Homerus Odyssea, Berlin/Boston, Walter de Gruyter, 2017, Pp. LXII, 519 One hundred and fifty years ago, German academics were strides ahead of their non-Teutonic, classicist peers. Since then, a text-critical revolution has occurred: a … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, 6th December 2017

ENDNOTES, 6th December 2017 In this edition: Ronald Corp conducts Parry, Elgar & Vaughan Williams; A Wind in the Willows fantasy, narrated by Simon Callow; Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker from Bergen, reviewed by STUART MILLSON. Echoes of Mozart, reviewed by LESLIE JONES … Continue reading

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Oakeshott’s World View, Part 3

Oakeshott’s World View, Part 3 Noel O’Sullivan (ed), The Place of Michael Oakeshott in Contemporary Western and Non-western Thought, Imprint Academic, 2017; £19.95; pbk; 197 pages, reviewed in three parts by ALLAN POND [This collection includes some of the papers given … Continue reading

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Mad Days in Münster

Mad Days in Münster Le prophète, Grand Opera in 5 acts composed by Giacomo Meyerbeer, Deutsche Oper, Berlin, November 26th, 2017, directed by Olivier Py, conducted by Enrique Mazzola, reviewed by TONY COOPER Le prophète forms part of a project … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Darwin

 Deconstructing Darwin Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker by A.N. Wilson, published by John Murray, 2017, £25, hardback, reviewed by Gerry Dorrian Some of literature’s most unreliable narrators can be found in the field of biography. How appropriate, then, that A.N. Wilson devotes much … Continue reading

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The Body Dandiacal

The Body Dandiacal The Dandy at Dusk: Taste and Melancholy in the Twentieth Century, 2017, Philip Mann, Head of Zeus, £25, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN For one who grew up by the sea and sequoias of California in the 1960s, … Continue reading

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Vox Populi, Vox Dei

Vox Populi, Vox Dei From Fascism to Populism in History, Federico Finchelstein, University of California Press, 2017, 328 pp, h.b., reviewed by LESLIE JONES In his Prison Notebooks, Antonio Gramsci refers to the sentimental connection (connessione sentimentale) that exists between … Continue reading

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Cadres for Canadian Renewal

Cadres for Canadian Renewal Mark Wegierski, on an under-estimated element in politics  Whether one calls them infrastructures or “cadres”, conservatives in Canada today are greatly in need of them. A truly consummate politician is able to utilize the self-interest of … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Geniza Texts

Egypt’s Geniza Texts Darrell Sutton considers an incomparable collection  Discoveries are sometimes made by accident, as archaeologists can readily attest. Hidden passageways can lead to welcome treasures of real historical value. This happened in the case of Howard Carter (1874-1939) … Continue reading

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