Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Half-Way Through the Plains

HALF-WAY THROUGH THE PLAINS A Study of More Poems XXXV, by Darrell Sutton Half-way, for one commandment broken, The woman made her endless halt, And she to-day, a glistering token, Stands in the wilderness of salt. Behind, the vats of … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, July 2020

ENDNOTES, July 2020 In this edition: late-romantic piano quintets by Franck and Fauré; & a classical music establishment in meltdown, by Stuart Millson The Prague-based Wihan Quartet – winners of the London International String Quartet Competition in 1991 – has … Continue reading

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Word Up

Word Up Bernd U Schipper, Proverbs 1-15, Fortress Press, 2019, Pp. i-xxvi, 1-579, reviewed by Darrell Sutton Paremiology is the branch of study that delves into the compilation of proverbs. By far the most popular wise words from antiquity are … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2020

ENDNOTES, June 2020 John Ireland et al. at the online English Music Festival;  music for horn by Peter Seabourne and Robin Holloway, reviewed by Stuart Millson With our concert halls closed and orchestras silent, the performance of classical music has … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, May 2020

Endnotes, May 2020 In this edition: Bruckner’s Second Symphony, by Stuart Millson Anton Bruckner (1824-96), organist, Wagnerphile and symphonist, has come to represent the pure, almost naive spirit of late-romanticism. From his earliest days in the Catholic church, to the … Continue reading

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Philosopher on Fire

Philosopher on Fire  Darrell Sutton considers Heraclitus  Diogenes Laertius is a popular and reliable source for Heraclitus’ life: cf. Lives and Opinions, Book ix 1. Heraclitus, a native of Ephesus, lived around 500 BC. Too little is known of his … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the First Easter

Thoughts on the First Easter     by David Ashton Desperate times, desperate measures. A global “Act of God” has significantly impacted on “faith” communities. Churches everywhere are closed to worshippers and communicants, because of another oriental virus. The Pope … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, April 2020

Endnotes, April 2020 Stuart Millson, on the forgotten pleasure of browsing for records With the near demise of the record shop (our older readers may remember the much-loved Farringdon Records at Cheapside or Harold Moores in the West End), it … Continue reading

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Vasilii Grossman’s Just Cause

Vasilii Grossman’s Just Cause Frank Ellis celebrates a defeat for censorship  Green eyes cut the heart without a knife (Vasilii Grossman) I. Introduction:  For a Just Cause or Stalingrad? Outside the circle of people who concern themselves with Grossman’s work … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, March 2020

ENDNOTES, March 2020 Remembering Vernon Handley  by Stuart Millson A recent BBC Radio 3 performance of a recording of Bax’s symphonic poem, The Garden of Fand – and my own replaying of a landmark recording of Tippett’s Concerto for Double … Continue reading

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