Category Archives: Cultural Matters

Statius’ Silvae

Statius’ Silvae Specifics regarding the life of Publius Papinius Statius (c.45 AD-96 AD) are for the most part derived from material in the Silvae. Scholars believe that Statius’ biography is recoverable. Perhaps, but most scholarly conclusions are of the speculative … Continue reading

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Aldeburgh Festival 2018

Aldeburgh Festival 2018 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, concert given on Friday 8th June, reviewed by TONY COOPER The ongoing theme in this year’s Aldeburgh Festival (the 71st) focuses on Britten and America reflecting the year of 1948 when the … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name?

What’s in a Name? Lohengrin, Romantic opera in three acts, music and libretto by Richard Wagner, directed by David Alden, orchestra of the Royal Opera House conducted by Andris Nelsons, Royal Opera, Thursday 7th June 2018, reviewed by LESLIE JONES In … Continue reading

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Antiquity Matters

Antiquity Matters Antiquity Matters, Frederic Raphael, Yale University Press, 2017, £20, 376 pp., $26.00, reviewed by STODDARD MARTIN At first glance, this is a work of almost bewildering erudition. Reminded of Roberto Calasso’s Cadmus and Harmony, one prepares to sit … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, June 2018

ENDNOTES, June 2018 In this edition: a world première at the English Music Festival; preview of the 2018 Welsh Proms. For those of us driving from the South East, via Wokingham and Henley, the road to Dorchester-on-Thames (home of the … Continue reading

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White Lines

White Lines Freud, the Making of an Illusion, Frederick Crews, Henry Holt and Co., New York, 2017, pp 746, HB, US 40$, reviewed by LESLIE JONES Frederick Crews is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of California. Once an … Continue reading

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All Greek to Me

All Greek to Me Exhibition, Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, The British Museum, 26th April to 29th July 2018; Rodin and the art of ancient Greece, a publication that accompanies the exhibition, reviewed by LESLIE JONES “…we possess … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, May 2018

Endnotes, May 2018 In this edition: a revelation from Roussel; Elgar, choral and orchestral music, reviewed by STUART MILLSON The music of Albert Roussel makes only the occasional appearance in British concert programmes or recording catalogues, with French 20th century music … Continue reading

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Conservatives and Technology

Conservatives and Technology  By Mark Wegierski [An earlier version of this article appeared in American Outlook, Indianapolis, Indiana: The Hudson Institute, vol. 5 no. 3, Summer 2002, pp. 15-16] Many of those who demonstrate against the various international and economic … Continue reading

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Leipzig in Musical History

Leipzig in Musical History  Tony Cooper takes a musical heritage trip to Leipzig Leipzig is certainly a city rich in musical history. For a start, Richard Wagner was born here. But if Wagner was closely associated with Leipzig so was Felix … Continue reading

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