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Mephisto

Mephisto FRANZ LISZT: MUSICIAN, CELEBRITY, SUPERSTAR, by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Stewart Spencer, Yale University Press, 2017. Reviewed by Stoddard Martin Where is the historian/biographer who can achieve something approaching pure objectivity? Who will try to comprehend how his subject … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, 16th April 2017

ENDNOTES, 16th April 2017 In this edition; Holst in the heavens: Vaughan Williams at a lake in the mountains: Richard Strauss and a miraculous sunrise – and French élan from Ibert. Reviewed by Stuart Millson From the Chandos record label … Continue reading

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The Miller of Mansfield

The Miller of Mansfield Em Marshall-Luck enjoys a tempting menu The Miller of Mansfield is set on Goring’s attractive high street, in a chocolate-box pretty area of the Thames Valley not far from Reading. Visitors should be aware that the inn … Continue reading

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Swan Song

Swan Song Parsifal, an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner, Staatsoper Berlin, April 8th, 2017. Director, Dmitri Tcherniakov: conductor, Daniel Barenboim: reviewed by Tony Cooper As the audience entered the auditorium of the Schiller Theatre (the temporary residence of … Continue reading

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Vimy Ridge, 100 Years On

Vimy Ridge, 100 Years On For Mark Wegierski, history defines us To many current-day observers, Canada’s participation in the First World War, and the great victory at Vimy Ridge in 1917, may seem far away. The tide of change in Canada … Continue reading

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Rush to Judgement?

Rush to Judgement? In the wake of the US military strike on Syria, Thomas O Meehan asks some awkward questions We are currently undertaking military action against Syria to avenge a massacre we know very little about. Our establishments are running … Continue reading

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Poems from a Silver Age

Poems from a Silver Age  P.Papinius Statius, Vol. I – Text; Vol. II – Translation; Vol. III – Secondary Apparatus; Thebaid and Achilleid (2007-8) by J.B. Hall, A.L. Ritchie and M.J. Edwards, Cambridge Scholars Publishers, reviewed by Darrell Sutton People should … Continue reading

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Bad Lieutenant

Bad Lieutenant “He dies with honour, who cannot live with honour” Madama Butterfly, music composed by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa and Luigi Illica, conducted by Antonio Pappano, the Royal Opera, Thursday 30th March 2017, reviewed by Leslie Jones … Continue reading

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This Island’s Nations

This Island’s Nations Stuart Millson believes that Brexit will rejuvenate Britain In my anti-federal Europe days of 20 to 25 years ago, never did I believe that I would see a reversal of the European Union’s control of my country. … Continue reading

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Vaulting Ambition

Vaulting Ambition Angela Ellis-Jones appreciates a long overdue tome GOTHIC FOR THE STEAM AGE, Gavin Stamp, Aurum Press, ISBN  978-1-78131-124-0 208pp, £30 Those of us who admire the Victorian age regret that we live in an era whose values and attitudes … Continue reading

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