Category Archives: Cultural Matters

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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E R Dodds, Remembered

E R Dodds, Remembered Rediscovering E R Dodds, Scholarship, Education, Poetry and the Paranormal, edited by C. Stray, C. Pelling and S. Harrison, Pp. 341, OUP, 2019, reviewed by Darrell Sutton “This book originated in a conference on E.R. Dodds held … Continue reading

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What the Ancients did for Us

What the Ancients did for Us Michael McManus, on our pagan heritage The pre-Socratic pagan philosopher Anaxagoras took two pots of paint, one black and one white. He took a drop of white and added it to the black, then … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, February 2020

Endnotes, February 2020 Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D; overture to The Wreckers;  and a recital at Middle Temple Hall, reviewed by Stuart Millson Ever since the revival of Ethel Smyth’s opera The Wreckers in 1994 (a once-famous piece, championed by such … Continue reading

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In a Royal Line

In a Royal Line ‘An Evening with Rosina Storchio’, recital of songs and operatic arias sung by Ermonela Jaho, accompanied by Steven Maughan at the piano, Sunday 2nd February 2020, Wigmore Hall, London, reviewed by Leslie Jones This was soprano … Continue reading

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