Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Churchill

Churchill Cast: Brian Cox as Winston Churchill Miranda Richardson as Clementine Churchill John Slattery as Dwight D. Eisenhower James Purefoy as King George VI Julian Wadham as General Bernard Montgomery Danny Webb as Field Marshall Alan Brooke Jonathan Aris as … Continue reading

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Dunkirk

Dunkirk Cast: Fionn Whitehead as Tommy, a British Army private Tom Glynn-Carney as Peter, Mr Dawson’s son Mark Rylance as Mr Dawson, a mariner and Peter’s father Jack Lowden as Pilot Officer Collins, a Royal Air Force Spitfire pilot Harry … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, 8th August 2017

ENDNOTES, 8th August 2017        In this edition: The Richard Hickox Legacy from Chandos Records, including The Black Knight, reviewed by Stuart Millson The orchestral and operatic conductor, Richard Hickox CBE, was probably one of the hardest-working and most committed … Continue reading

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Broken Lion

Broken Lion Otello; dramma lirico in four acts, music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Arrigo Boito, after the play by William Shakespeare, conductor Antonio Pappano, director Keith Warner, Royal Opera, 10th July 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones As Roberta Montemorra … Continue reading

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Lover’s Little Helper

Lover’s Little Helper  L’elisir d’amore: opera buffa in two acts; music composed by Gaetano Donizetti; libretto by Felice Romani, based on Le Philtre, by Daniel-François-Esprit Auber; conductor Bertrand de Billy; director Laurent Pelly; revival director Daniel Dooner; Royal Opera House, … Continue reading

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Talking Power to Truth

Talking Power to Truth Don Carlo, 1886 version, music composed by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Joseph Méry and Camille du Locle, conducted by Bertrand de Billy, Director Nicholas Hytner, Royal Opera, Friday 12th May 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones This, … Continue reading

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Alas, Poor Russia

Alas, Poor Russia Leslie Jones attends an outstanding exhibition Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, British Library, 28th April 2017 to 29th August, 2017 Propaganda is evidently the leitmotiv of this exhibition. The insidious influence of the faith healer Grigorii Rasputin … Continue reading

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Mephisto

Mephisto FRANZ LISZT: MUSICIAN, CELEBRITY, SUPERSTAR, by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Stewart Spencer, Yale University Press, 2017. Reviewed by Stoddard Martin Where is the historian/biographer who can achieve something approaching pure objectivity? Who will try to comprehend how his subject … Continue reading

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Swan Song

Swan Song Parsifal, an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner, Staatsoper Berlin, April 8th, 2017. Director, Dmitri Tcherniakov: conductor, Daniel Barenboim: reviewed by Tony Cooper As the audience entered the auditorium of the Schiller Theatre (the temporary residence of … Continue reading

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Poems from a Silver Age

Poems from a Silver Age  P.Papinius Statius, Vol. I – Text; Vol. II – Translation; Vol. III – Secondary Apparatus; Thebaid and Achilleid (2007-8) by J.B. Hall, A.L. Ritchie and M.J. Edwards, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, reviewed by Darrell Sutton People should … Continue reading

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