Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde

Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde                          Richard Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, directed by Katharina Wagner, conducted by Christian Thielemann, Thursday, 16 August 2018, reviewed by TONY … Continue reading

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The New Oxford Annotated Bible

The New Oxford Annotated Bible 5thedition, Oxford University Press, fully revised and expanded, NRSV with Apocrypha. Pp. xxiii, 2416, ISBN: 978-0190276096. $95.00., reviewed by Darrell Sutton When Early Modern English was becoming the vernacular speech, Edward VI (1537-1553) removed restrictions … Continue reading

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Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 2018

Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, 2018 Richard Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Bayreuth Festival Germany, Saturday 11th August 2018, directed by Barrie Kosky, conducted by Philippe Jordan,reviewed by TONY COOPER An innovative, flamboyant and quirky director, Barrie Kosky (artistic director of Komische … Continue reading

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Parsifal, Munich Opera Festival

Parsifal, Munich Opera Festival Richard Wagner’s Parsifal, Bayerischen Staatsoper, München, Germany, directed by Pierre Audi, sets by Georg Baselitz; Bayerischen Staatsorchester conducted by Kirill Petrenko, Tuesday, 31 July, 2018; reviewed by TONY COOPER In Pierre Audi’s strange but compelling production of … Continue reading

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Talking Pictures

Talking Pictures by Bill Hartley Anyone in search of tedious game shows, threadbare repeats and sales of junk jewellery is well catered for on British television. The sheer number of channels is bewildering and difficult to navigate. More means worse … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, August 2018

ENDNOTES, August 2018 In this edition: a flourish, from Sir Granville Bantock on the Somm label; piano sonatas by Beethoven, and Elgar’s Second Symphony, from Chandos Records, reviewed by STUART MILLSON Sir Granville Bantock (1868-1946) was a noted composer, conductor … Continue reading

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Poetry and Politics in ‘Catherland’

Poetry and Politics in ‘Catherland’ by Darrell Sutton Although the middle States of America are not a hidden province, they are less familiar to people whose travels to the USA are restricted, more often than not, to sightseer visits to … Continue reading

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Humphrey Jennings – ‘poet’ of the British Cinema

Humphrey Jennings – ‘poet’ of the British Cinema by Stuart Millson Just a few years after the Second World War, a small film company – Wessex Film Productions Ltd. – issued a “short” – an information film (for the Central … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, July 2018

Endnotes: July 2018, Michael Tippett, an overlooked English composer, by Stuart Millson; Steven Osborne, Martin Kasík, recitals reviewed by Leslie Jones Sir Michael Tippett – a greatly admired figure in the 1970s and ‘80s, especially during Proms seasons – has fallen … Continue reading

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Statius’ Silvae

Statius’ Silvae Specifics regarding the life of Publius Papinius Statius (c.45 AD-96 AD) are for the most part derived from material in the Silvae. Scholars believe that Statius’ biography is recoverable. Perhaps, but most scholarly conclusions are of the speculative … Continue reading

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