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Letter to the Editor, 2nd December 2022

  Letter to the Editor, 2nd December 2022 Sir, It was reported recently that the Queen Consort (Camilla) intends to dispense with ladies in waiting. Presumably this is part of the project to create a thoroughly modern monarchy – slimmed … Continue reading

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Endnotes, December 2022

Endnotes, December 2022 In this edition: a piano concerto and a symphony by Dora Pejacevic; Rachmaninov from the Sinfonia of London; spiritual intensity from American composer, Randall Svane, reviewed by Stuart Millson A commitment to new and overlooked music has … Continue reading

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The Lives of Latin Texts

The Lives of Latin Texts Lauren Curtis, Irene P. Garrison, eds., The Lives of Latin Texts: Papers Presented to Richard J. Tarrant, Harvard University Press, Loeb Classical Monograph, 2020, pp. i-xxvii; 1-336, reviewed by Darrell Sutton Distinguished as a textual critic, … Continue reading

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The Devil Spares Pravda

The Devil Spares Pravda The Devils’ Alliance; Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941, Roger Moorhouse, Basic books, New York, 2014, hb, 382pp, $29.99 US, reviewed by Leslie Jones As Roger Moorhouse observes in this compelling account, the Nazi-Soviet Non-aggression Pact of … Continue reading

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City in the Sands

City in the Sands By Bill Hartley Western Sahara, or, depending upon your point of view, the Southern Provinces of Morocco, is a disputed territory consisting of 103,000 square miles of desert. Spain seized control following the Berlin conference of … Continue reading

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Endnotes, November 2022

Endnotes, November 2022 In this edition: Haydn from Kent: a fanfare from America, reviewed by Stuart Millson The East Malling Singers, conductor, Ciara Considine, performed Haydn’s Nelson Mass to warm applause last month, in the fine acoustic of their village … Continue reading

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Craftwork

Craftwork Wollstonecraft: Philosophy, Passion and Politics, Sylvana Tomaselli, Princeton University Press, Princeton & Oxford, 2021, 230pp, pb, reviewed by Leslie Jones The first riposte to Edmund Burke’s Reflections on the Revolution in France (1790) was Vindications of the Rights of … Continue reading

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A Defense of Classical Literature

A Defense of Classical Literature By Darrell Sutton Past centuries saw the creation of various literary treasures whose worth cannot be gauged by modern standards because what has been handed down possesses unique qualities. Forms of spelling, stylistic idiosyncrasies and … Continue reading

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Endnotes, October 2022

Endnotes, October 2022 In this edition: Mahler’s Fifth Symphony from the Czech Philharmonic, Elgar, choral music from Severnside, reviewed by Stuart  Millson Sometimes described as a “journey from darkness to brilliant light”, the Symphony No. 5 by Gustav Mahler (1901-02) … Continue reading

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Fade to Grey: Aida Review

Fade to Grey: Aida Review Khedieval Opera House, Cairo, credit Wikipedia Aida, an opera in four acts, music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, conductor Sir Antonio Pappano, director Robert Carsen, Royal Opera, 30th September 2022, reviewed by Leslie … Continue reading

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