Category Archives: Cultural Matters

High-flyer

  High-flyer Solomon, an oratorio in three acts, music by George Frideric Handel, text anonymous, orchestra conducted by Christian Curnyn, a collaboration between The Royal Opera and Early Opera Company, Covent Garden 11th October 2018, reviewed by Leslie Jones Actors should … Continue reading

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Dante’s Wake

Dante’s Wake Ian Thomson, Dante’s Divine Comedy; A Journey Without End, Head of Zeus, £18.99, 2018, reviewed by Stoddard Martin Age after age has found Dante speaking to and for them. Ours may be another: we shall see. At present it … Continue reading

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Presenting Powell and Pressburger

Presenting Powell and Pressburger  by Stuart Millson During the 1940s and ‘50s, cinema in this country was revolutionised by the work of two film-makers, the Kent-born Michael Powell, and his friend and colleague, the Hungarian-born émigré and veteran of continental … Continue reading

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On the Road

On the Road                                                                            … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES September 2018: Commemorating Debussy

ENDNOTES, September 2018 Commemorating Debussy  by Stuart Millson Claude Debussy – often referred to as the founder of Impressionism in music – is being commemorated extensively, in the concert hall and on record, in this, the centenary of his death. … Continue reading

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Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre

Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, Saturday 18th August 2018, directed by Frank Castorf, conducted by Plácido Domingo, reviewed by TONY COOPER In the second part of Wagner’s Ring cycle, Die Walküre (in repertoire from 2013 … Continue reading

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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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