Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Carducci String Quartet

Carducci String Quartet Carducci String Quartet; John Innes Centre, Colney, Norwich, February 2017. Reviewed by Tony Cooper Norfolk & Norwich Chamber Music pulled off a major coup by commissioning London-born composer, Kemal Yusuf, to write a piece for the Carducci … Continue reading

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Rigoletto, reloaded

Rigoletto, reloaded Rigoletto, opera by Giuseppe Verdi, based on the play Le roi s’amuse by Victor Hugo, director Jonathan Miller, revival director Elaine Taylor-Hall, conductor Sir Richard Armstrong, ENO, 2nd February 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones Guiseppe Verdi was unquestionably … Continue reading

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La Traviata (encore)

La Traviata (encore) Here, where men sit and hear each other groan; Where palsy shakes a few, sad, last grey hairs, Where youth grows pale, and spectre-thin, and dies; Where but to think is to be full of sorrow And … Continue reading

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When the Chips are Down

When the Chips are Down Stoddard Martin reviews a timely tome NINE LOVE LETTERS, by Gerald Jacobs. Quartet Books, £20 We are living through a neo-expressionistic, intolerant era. Famous lines come to mind: “The best lack all conviction, while the … Continue reading

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Border Stories

Border Stories Bill Hartley is down Mexico way The geography of violence can remain constant over very long periods. For example, the Texas-Mexico border country was and remains a violent place. There are towns in Texas with populations the size … Continue reading

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Ordeal by Fire

Ordeal by Fire  Il Trovatore, music by Giuseppe Verdi, conducted by Richard Farnes, Director David Bösch, Royal Opera House, 4th December 2016, first revival of David Bösch’s 2015/2016 production, reviewed by Leslie Jones In our review of the 2015/16 production … Continue reading

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Abducted by Love

Abducted by Love MANON LESCAUT, opera in 4 acts, musical score composed by Giacomo Puccini, conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano, The Royal Opera House, 22 November 2016. First revival of Jonathan Kent’s 2014 production. Reviewed by Leslie Jones Manon Lescaut, … Continue reading

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Burnt by the Sun

Burnt by the Sun Bill Hartley is on planet propaganda Russian cinema brings to mind heroic Soviet era films such as Battleship Potemkin, imbued with socialist realism and designed to get the official seal of approval and inspire the masses. Such … Continue reading

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Cyberpunk

Cyberpunk Mark Wegierski visits a dark future The term “dark future” is a synonym for dystopia. It refers to any work where the hypothesized future of mankind is bleak. Typical “dark futures” are shown in the cyberpunk subgenre of science … Continue reading

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Paul and Jeremy

Paul and Jeremy Bill Hartley enters darkest England These days British television is full of what are called ‘Reality’ shows. One such programme is Can’t Pay? We’ll Take it Away. A new series has just started. The programme follows the … Continue reading

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