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Purcell: Theatre Music
Purcell: Theatre Music
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars PITY ABOUT THE SINGERS, 18 Mar 2010
This review is from: Purcell: Theatre Music (Audio CD)
This is the only complete collection of Purcell's theatre music so it is obviously worth acquiring to enjoy this wonderful music. Recently I revisited this set having had versions of it in my collection for over twenty years. Very quickly I realised why I didn't play it very often. The singers are "on the book", there is no sense of theatre or dramatic involvement in how they deliver this music. Listening to David Thomas delivering three dramatic songs from Don Quixote is like listening to paint dry (if that's possible) The wobbly unvaried precious middle class delivery is so at odds with the gutsiness of this music it's almost painful. Some singers, notably Judith Nelson, bring a fresher and more appealing approach. But still we have to hope that the new Naxos version is going to bring the guts and drama back into this music. A new version is certainly overdue.


Handel in the Playhouse (Ballad Operas)
Handel in the Playhouse (Ballad Operas)
Price: £13.26

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE SONGS NOT THE SINGERS, 11 Mar 2010
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This is a lovely idea for a cd and I was very much looking forward to listening. The arrangements are fresh and enjoyable but the project is badly let down by the singers, particularly the tenor. Not only do they have rather nondescript voices, their performances have not the slightest feel of the playhouse about them. Any sense of rumbustiousness, humour, strong characterisation or theatricality is missing. Much better to have got a couple of actors who can sing than this pair. A real disappointment.


Muddy Boots and Silk Stockings
Muddy Boots and Silk Stockings
by Julia Stoneham
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A DELIGHT, 19 Sep 2009
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I'm rather surprised to read the preceding review of this novel. Julia Stoneham is a very skilful writer with a good story to tell. Her research is careful and pays off in the well-observed period detail. And her characters are lively and I for one want to know what happens to them in the sequel.


Shadows in Wonderland: A Hospital Odyssey
Shadows in Wonderland: A Hospital Odyssey
by Colin Ludlow
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WITTY AND WISE, 20 Feb 2008
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Most people who had endured hospital experiences like Colin Ludlow's would - if they wrote anything - write a long self-pitying and angry rant against the medical system. What is so good about this book is that Ludlow not only gives a restrained, lucid and often witty account of what happened to him but goes beyond that to offer an original, thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation on the nature of hospitals and to ask - do we get the hospitals we deserve? Recommended reading for medical professionals, patients and friends and families of patients, or anybody who might one day end up in a hospital. Practically everybody, in fact.


Edward Burra: Twentieth-Century Eye
Edward Burra: Twentieth-Century Eye
by Jane Stevenson
Edition: Hardcover

33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars AN ARTIST WITHOUT THE ART, 3 Jan 2008
This is a well-written and well-researched biography of the wonderfully quirky Edward Burra. But its value is greatly diminished by the failure to include a single reproduction of the artist's work. This is publisher penny-pinching at its worst.
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Britain's Lost Cities
Britain's Lost Cities
by Gavin Stamp
Edition: Hardcover

25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN SEARCH OF LOST CITIES, 30 Dec 2007
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This review is from: Britain's Lost Cities (Hardcover)
The many photographs are fascinating in themselves as a record of what has been destroyed in the way of historic buildings during the twentieth century in nineteen major British cities. But the photos also come with an astute and illuminating text which catalogues the disastrous decisions made by our city planners both before and after the German bombings in the Second World War. Stamp is never purely reactionary - practicalities are acknowledged and good modern buildings praised - but it is impossible not to share his dismay at what we have lost.


The Principessa
The Principessa
by Christie Dickason
Edition: Paperback

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO PRINCIPESSA!, 18 Dec 2007
This review is from: The Principessa (Paperback)
Chrstie Dickason's novels have always been distinguished by their sense of period and vivid characterisation. THE FIREMASTER'S MISTRESS initiated a series of historical thrillers centred on the Jacobean Firemaster Francis Quoynt. This is the second Quoynt book and it more than matches up to the first in its pace, atmosphere and suspense. Two characters especially stand out - the Prince, a powerful tyrant, still dangerous in his mental and physical decline, and the Principessa herself, a memorable portrait of a young woman who is both calculating and vulnerable, a victim and a survivor. For once the description 'page-turner' is totally accurate. Highly recommended.


God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain
God's Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain
by Rosemary Hill
Edition: Hardcover

77 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MAN WHO DESIGNED BIG BEN, 26 Aug 2007
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This is a superb biography. If you're interested in the history of English architecture and interior design then this book is unmissable. But Hill's vivid and rich portrait of a complex and driven man, whose ideas were highly influential but whose projects were often blighted, deserves to be read by a much wider readership. Witty, wise, often moving and always informative, GOD'S ARCHITECT is a great read.
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Camp Hartacre
Camp Hartacre
by J. V. Stevenson
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGH CAMP, 6 Dec 2006
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On one level CAMP HARTACRE is a very funny account of the holiday job from hell. It's fast-moving, witty and spiced with sexual intrigue. But as with the same author's previous work, TANGIER TWILIGHT, there's more to the novel than that. It develops into a powerful analysis of all the madder aspects of the American dream, both repressive and libertarian. Highly recommended reading in the age of Bush and Blair.


The Firemaster's Mistress
The Firemaster's Mistress
by Christie Dickason
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars GUNPOWDER, TENSION AND PLOT, 28 Sep 2006
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The book reads like a thriller, which indeed it is. Skilfully working within the boundaries of what is known about the Gunpowder Plot, Christie Dickason creates a wholly new and intriguing interpretation of what happened and who was involved. The pace never lets up. At the same time the visual evocation of the period is beautifully done so this is that rare beast, an exciting convincing historical thriller.


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