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ENDNOTES, 21st September 2017

ENDNOTES, 21st September 2017 Edward Gardner conducts Schoenberg’s Gurrelieder for Chandos Records, reviewed by STUART MILLSON Several works proclaim the creed of the late-romantic period – in particular its transition into the world of early modernism: Mahler’s ‘Symphony of a … Continue reading

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Denial and Disaster

Denial and Disaster Mark Bowden, Hue 1968: A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam, Atlantic Monthly Press, 2017, reviewed by WILLIAM HARTLEY For those of a certain age it is sobering to realise that the men and women … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES: September 3rd 2017

ENDNOTES: September 3rd 2017 Music and Landscape – the works of John Ireland, by Stuart Millson In this season of harvest and late-summer sunshine, what could be a more apt musical accompaniment than the music of John Ireland (1879-1962). Born … Continue reading

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Bistro Vadouvan, Putney Wharf

Bistro Vadouvan, Putney Wharf Em Marshall-Luck enjoys “French and Spice” Located on the south side of the River Thames, a stone’s throw from the serenely gliding swans, and the busier bustle of Putney Bridge, is Bistro Vadouvan. Ignore the trendy … Continue reading

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Alt History

Alt History Mark Wegierski considers the science fiction subgenre of “counterfactual history” or uchronia It is important to note that alternative history pertains to events that are in the past at the time when the narrative is being written. So, for … Continue reading

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Canada, Matrix of Modernity, part 2

  Canada, Matrix of Modernity, part 2 Mark Wegierski continues his analysis An essay based on an English-language presentation read at the First Sir Thomas More Colloquium: ‘Diplomacy, Literature, Politics’, at the Akademia Polonijna (Polonia University) in Czestochowa, Poland, held … Continue reading

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Parsifal, Reloaded

Parsifal, Reloaded Parsifal, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, 21st August 2017, director Uwe Eric Laufenberg, conducted by Hartmut Haenchen, reviewed by Tony Cooper Parsifal, Wagner’s farewell to the world, was completed in January 1882 and was first seen in that year. This … Continue reading

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Contention City

Contention City Bill Hartley, in a mythic landscape In Tombstone, none of the locals knew precisely where Contention City was. They’d all heard of it but even the otherwise helpful ladies at the information office were at a loss. In … Continue reading

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Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks

Wisdom of the Ancient Greeks André Laks, Glen W. Most, Early Greek Philosophy, vols. I-IX, Loeb Classical Library, Harvard Press (2016) The subject of philosophy is often labeled ‘The Great Conversation’, an on-going dialogue linking contemporary wisdom-seekers with the sages … Continue reading

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Bayreuth, Meistersinger

Bayreuth, Meistersinger Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Bayreuth Festival, Germany, August 19th 2017, director Barrie Kosky, conducted by Philippe Jordan, reviewed by Tony Cooper Barrie Kosky – artistic director of Komische Oper Berlin – was born in Melbourne in the late … Continue reading

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