Category Archives: Cultural Matters

ENDNOTES, November 2020

ENDNOTES, November 2020 In this edition: Saint-Saëns and Henrique Oswald, Piano Concertos; Piano music by contemporary Iranian composers, Farhat and Tafreshipour, reviewed by STUART MILLSON A stream of elegant, late-romantic melody this month, courtesy of the SOMM label – which brings … Continue reading

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Gathering Storms

Gathering Storms  by Stuart Millson In 2002, the late Albert Finney starred in a film for television, directed by Richard Loncraine, about the “wilderness years” of Winston Churchill. With Vanessa Redgrave co-starring as his devoted wife Clementine, The Gathering Storm … Continue reading

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Lives of Others

Lives of Others by Bill Hartley One of the earliest examples of biographical writing is Plutarch’s Lives. Someone said that when it came to the amount of space he devoted to his subjects, Plutarch got it about right. For example, … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, October 2020

ENDNOTES, October 2020  In this edition: Elgar in America, by Stuart Millson The Worcestershire born and bred composer Edward Elgar first visited the United States in 1905, to great acclaim. Interestingly, the traditional performance of ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ … Continue reading

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Ganging up on London

Ganging up on London Gangs of London, Sky Atlantic, series one, directed by Gareth Evans and Matt Flannery, 2020, reviewed by AR Kneen ‘You could build an empire; you could be a king’ – so Finn Wallace (Colm Meaney) informs … Continue reading

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Tricoteurs Occupy Bowes Museum

Tricoteurs Occupy Bowes Museum by Bill Hartley Barnard Castle has an earlier claim to fame. It’s the home of the Bowes Museum, incongruously perched on a valley side in what looks like a huge French chateau. In the nineteenth century, … Continue reading

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Selected Correspondence of Ronald Syme

Selected Correspondence of Ronald Syme ANTHONY R. BIRLEY, THE SELECTED CORRESPONDENCE OF RONALD SYME 1927-1939, History of Classical Scholarship, 2020, Pp. 211, reviewed by Darrell Sutton It is the opinion of many eminent classicists that Sir Ronald Syme (1903-1989) forged new … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, August 2020

ENDNOTES, August 2020 In this edition: Brahms celebrated in Vienna – patriotic music denigrated in Britain, by Stuart Millson The city of Vienna is home to two of the world’s greatest orchestras: the Vienna Philharmonic, once conducted by Karajan, and … Continue reading

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Half-Way Through the Plains

Half-Way Through the Plains A Study of More Poems XXXV, by Darrell Sutton Half-way, for one commandment broken, The woman made her endless halt, And she to-day, a glistering token, Stands in the wilderness of salt. Behind, the vats of … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, July 2020

ENDNOTES, July 2020 In this edition: late-romantic piano quintets by Franck and Fauré; & a classical music establishment in meltdown, by Stuart Millson The Prague-based Wihan Quartet – winners of the London International String Quartet Competition in 1991 – has … Continue reading

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