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A Curate’s Egg; review of Edgar

A Curate’s Egg; review of Edgar Edgar, drama lirico by Giacomo Puccini in three acts (1905 version), libretto by Ferdinando Fontana, director Ruth Knight, City of London Sinfonia and the Opera Holland Park Chorus conducted by Naomi Woo, Opera Holland … Continue reading

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Physics Envy

Physics Envy On the Couch; Writers Analyse Sigmund Freud, edited by Andrew Blauner, Princeton University Press, Princeton & Oxford, 346pp, h.b., reviewed by Leslie Jones The twenty-five contributors to On the Couch consider the founder of Psychoanalysis from a range … Continue reading

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Endnotes, July 2024

Endnotes, July 2024 In this edition: rare English String Quartets from Tremula Records * Homage, by Randall Svane, reviewed by Stuart Millson The more one travels to music venues beyond the metropolitan centres ~ Mid-Wales Opera in Brecon (now de-funded … Continue reading

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Romans and their Levantine Ways

Romans and their Levantine Ways Hannah M. Cotton, ROMAN RULE AND JEWISH LIFE, Collected Papers, edited by Ofer Pogorelsky, reviewed by Darrell Sutton Hannah Cotton is the Shalom Horowitz Professor of Classical Studies Emerita at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. … Continue reading

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Front Loading

Front Loading, by Bill Hartley It’s not hard to find a Wetherspoon pub in our larger towns and cities. There are more than 800 of them in Britain and Ireland. Last year the company reported its largest ever volume of … Continue reading

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Tosca Redux

Tosca Redux Tosca, Opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica & Giuseppe Glacosa, first revival of the 2008 production, directed by Stephen Barlow, City of London Sinfonia conducted by Matthew Kofi Waldren, Opera Holland Park, June … Continue reading

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Endnotes, June 2024

Endnotes, June 2024 In this edition: a farewell to Sir Andrew Davis; rare English works on the EM Records label; Nielsen from Bergen Sir Andrew Davis, British international conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and Toronto, Melbourne, Chicago and Royal … Continue reading

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In Deep

 In Deep, by William Hartley Prior to the industrial revolution investors in mining schemes were known as Adventurers. Given that the dividing line between success and failure could be a narrow one, it was certainly an adventurous way of trying … Continue reading

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A Conspiracy to Silence and Control

A Conspiracy to Silence and Control By Dr A. R. Kneen Questioning the official narrative on a topic is often met with sneers such as: ‘you sound like a conspiracy theorist’; ‘I don’t listen to conspiracy theories’, and the like. … Continue reading

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Mourning Sickness Again

Mourning Sickness Again Lucia Di Lammermoor, Drama Tragico in three acts, Music by Gaetano Donizetti, Libretto by Salvadore Cammarano, Royal Opera 30 April 2024, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti, Director Katie Mitchell, Revival Director Robin … Continue reading

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