Category Archives: Cultural Matters

ENDNOTES, April 2019

ENDNOTES, April 2019  by Stuart Millson In this edition: musical meditations on death and national decline From Chandos records, come two less-frequently-performed masterpieces by the doyen of English music, Sir Edward Elgar: The Music Makers (written in 1912) and The Spirit … Continue reading

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Hell has no Limits

Hell has no Limits Faust, opera in five acts, music by Charles-François Gounod, libretto by Jules Barbier and Michel Carré, conducted by Dan Ettinger, director David McVicar, 5th revival of the 2004 production, Royal Opera, Thursday 11th April 2019, reviewed … Continue reading

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Two Poems by Velaj

Two Poems by Velaj                                                   The Hymn of Madness The old women witch river banks Wetting white sheets of snow And wrapping dead mouse in them God forgive them They do not know what they are doing The sheets belonged … Continue reading

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Review of Handel’s Berenice

Review of Handel’s Berenice  Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden, 27th March 2019, co-production by Royal Opera and London Handel Festival, directed by Adele Thomas, London Handel Orchestra conducted by Laurence Cummings, libretto translated by Selma Dimitrijevic, reviewed by Leslie Jones Bragging … Continue reading

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Van Gogh and Britain

Van Gogh and Britain Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, 27th March 2019, exhibition curated by Carol Jacobi Van Gogh and Britain, edited by Carol Jacobi, Tate Publishing, London, 2019, 240 pp Reviewed by Leslie Jones From 1873-1876, Van Gogh … Continue reading

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Getting to Know Benno Landsberger

Getting to Know Benno Landsberger Luděk Vacín, The Unknown Benno Landsberger: ‘A Biographical Sketch of an Assyriological Altmeister’s Development, Exile, and Personal Life’, (Harrassowitz Verlag, 2018), $45.00. Pp.132 Assyriologists in recent times have ruminated on their own discipline. Historical sketches of notable … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, March 2019

ENDNOTES, March 2019 In this edition; contemporary British music on the Sheva label: the Danish National Seasonal Songbook, from OUR Recordings; reviewed by Stuart Millson Hector Berlioz, Grande Messe des Morts (Requiem), a concert at St Paul’s, reviewed by Leslie Jones One … Continue reading

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Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte Così fan tutte, ossia La Scuola degli Amanti, opera buffa in two acts, music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte, conducted by Stefano Montanari, directed by Jan Philipp Gloger, first revival, Royal Opera, 25th … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, February 2019

ENDNOTES, February 2019 In this edition: choral music by Rautavaara, orchestral music by Künneke, reviewed by STUART MILLSON Einojuhani Rautavaara (1928-2016) enjoyed fame in Britain in the latter part of his life. His orchestral music – semi-romantic and Sibelius-infused – … Continue reading

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Kát’a Kabanová

Kát’a Kabanová Opera in three acts; music by Leoš Janáček, libretto by Leoš Janáček based on a Czech translation of Alexander Nikolayevich Ostrovsky’s play The Thunderstorm, orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner, direction by Richard Jones, Royal Opera, Monday 4th February … Continue reading

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