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Ian A. White "Gus Thomas" (Middlesex)

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Cemetery Girl
Cemetery Girl
by David Bell
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

1.0 out of 5 stars A Mystery, 4 April 2015
This review is from: Cemetery Girl (Paperback)
If I could give this no stars, I would. I tried hard with it but gave up the struggle about two-thirds of the way through: I found it one of the most tedious, amateurish, unthrilling "thrillers" I have ever not-quite-read. It's something of a mystery to me that any company would publish it, least all a prestigious company such as Penguin. Ah well, it takes all sorts!

American Songs
American Songs
Offered by KAOZI168 Classical_ ''Dispatch in time''
Price: £18.00

5.0 out of 5 stars A Bonney piece of work!., 20 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: American Songs (Audio CD)
A memorable recital, the singing and playing exemplary,throughout. The musical content? Sally Chisum Remembers: prose extracts which, in themselves, might not be particularly memorable, made memorable by Previn's deft settings. Copland and Argento: memorable poems, worthily, if not very memorably, set to music. The Hermit Songs: this must be one of the few modern song-cycles of English poetry that can take its place with those of Britten. It is difficult to imagine that the performance by Bonney/Previn could be bettered. Previn's "Vocalise" is very agreeable.

Britten / Gay: The Beggar's Opera
Britten / Gay: The Beggar's Opera

5.0 out of 5 stars It beggars description!, 9 Jan. 2015
I don't know what Britten's re-working of Gay's original would be like in a full, live, theatre performance but in this recording, it comes over, to me, as a really effective concert performance of one of the best musicals of the 20th century: one fabulous tune after another, some brilliant lyrics - still as entertaining as I'm sure they ever were - all held together by the unfailing musical mastery of Britten's arrangements.

Bach: St John Passion
Bach: St John Passion
Price: £9.87

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5.0 out of 5 stars When superlatives are superfluous....., 19 April 2014
This review is from: Bach: St John Passion (Audio CD)
To those concerned about this being an English language version of Bach's work, I would say "Don't worry about a thing." Such is the quality of the translation by Peter Pears (who, as the narrator, gives an absolute master class in the singing of recitative) and Imogen Holst that, unless you are German and/or familiar with the original, I doubt that you will even be conscious that it isn't the original.

Though his whole realization of the St John Passion was developed and refined by Britten and his associates over many years, it seems almost as if, in this recording, that a capable amateur choir (that of the Wandsworth Boys' School) had got together with some professional instrumentalists and singers, under the direction of a conducter of exceptional ability, to give an impromptu performance of the Passion. Such vivid and heartfelt (yet controlled) singing and playing is something to be marvelled at, even after more than 40 years. It is "authentic" in the only way that really matters, ie, in its truth to the musical, dramatic and religious intentions of its creator.

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