Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Rape Seed

Rape Seed Les Vêpres Siciliennes; Grand Opera in five acts, music composed by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Eugène Scribe & Charles Duveyrier, sung in French with English surtitles, directed by Stefan Herheim, conducted by Maurizio Benini, Royal Opera, 12th October 2017, reviewed … Continue reading

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Epistle to the Romans, part 1

Epistle to the Romans, part 1 A new translation by Darrell Sutton of Paul’s timeless text Introduction October 31, 1517 was a fateful day in early-modern German history. For it was on that date that Martin Luther (1483-1546) published his … Continue reading

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Slave Morality

Slave Morality Aida, opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni, conducted by Keri-Lynn Wilson, directed by Phelim McDermott, ENO, 28th September 2017, in collaboration with the theatre company Improbable, reviewed by LESLIE JONES Interviewed by the … Continue reading

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Parsifal, Reloaded

Parsifal, Reloaded Parsifal, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, 21st August 2017, director Uwe Eric Laufenberg, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, reviewed by Tony Cooper Parsifal, Wagner’s farewell to the world, was completed in January 1882 and was first seen in that year. This … Continue reading

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Contention City

Contention City Bill Hartley, in a mythic landscape In Tombstone, none of the locals knew precisely where Contention City was. They’d all heard of it but even the otherwise helpful ladies at the information office were at a loss. In … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Saint

The Reluctant Saint  Film directed by Edward Dmytrk, reviewed by Thomas O Meehan  A few days ago watching Turner Classic Movies I caught the film The Reluctant Saint (1962). It was strikingly like the religious films of my youth in its poor … Continue reading

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Bearer of the Flame

Bearer of the Flame Ernest Hemingway: A Biography, Mary V Dearborn, Knopf, 738 pp., $35; Ernest Hemingway: A New Life, James M Hutchisson, Pennsylvania State University Press, 292 pp., $37.95. Reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN PART ONE 1961 saw two great … Continue reading

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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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