Nicholas Casley

Top Reviewer Ranking: 108
Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (5,655 of 6,413)
Location: Plymouth, Devon, UK
Anniversary: 31 Dec
Birthday: 19 Mar
In My Own Words:
Because I know what I like, I rarely get to give a review anything less than three stars. This is not ONLY because I like to think I am a positive guy: it's just that I wouldn't buy gangsta rap CDs, or zombie movie DVDs, or books on cricket in the first place.

As for me, I am a forty-something, gay man who is in a civil partnership with my other half who I have been with for more than twenty yea… Read more

Making the most of life by travelling inwards as well as outwards.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 108 - Total Helpful Votes: 5655 of 6413
Samuel Barber: Orchestral Works, Vol.2 ~ Samuel Barber
4.0 out of 5 stars Positive Melancholia, 29 Aug 2014
Volume two of Marin Alsop’s review with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra of the works of Samuel Barber features three works. At the age of 49, this is (I am ashamed to say) the first time I have experienced two of these three pieces, so my review is more about the music than the performances. They were recorded in 1999 and 2000. The sound throughout the CD is very good.

The ‘Cello Concerto’ of 1945, featuring Wendy Warner has soloist, is by-and-large a cheerful work. The first movement alternates sunny episodes with those of a more contemplative nature. The second opens with a wistful variation of the first’s main theme. It becomes quite a marvellous movement in itself, like… Read more
From Caledonia to Pictland: Scotland to 795 (New E&hellip by James E. Fraser
Volume one of ‘The New Edinburgh History of Scotland’, written by James Fraser, is a bit of a disappointment: not for what it has to say, but for the way it is said. Its eight centuries are covered in thirteen chapters. The book is structured in three parts, which gives a good indication of its trajectory: 1. The Passing of Caledonia 69-597; 2. The Age of the Kings of Bamburgh, 576-692; and 3. The Pictish Project, 692-789. There are eleven maps and twenty-five (mostly genealogical) tables. A seven-page guide to further reading concisely points to traditions old and new, as well as being useful in itself. The book also has a seventeen-page (in smaller font!) bibliography.

In his… Read more
Jacquou le Croquant <b>DVD</b> ~ Tchéky Karyo
Jacquou le Croquant DVD ~ Tchéky Karyo
The book ‘Jacquou le Croquant’ is often translated as ‘Jacquou the Rebel’, but actually ‘Croquant’ has a more pejorative meaning as ‘a yokel’. Set in the Perigord (the native part of France of the author, Eugene Le Roy) just after the Napoleonic period, it sets Jacquou’s attempt to overturn injustices suffered in a countryside where the old aristocratic order attempts to re-asserts itself.

In that regard, the story can be seen as part of the same genre as novels by Victor Hugo and Alexandre Dumas, and even Charles Dickens. It is therefore a story rich in characterisation and drama, but also one in which the very characters themselves are wholly good or wholly evil; a… Read more

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