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Moeran: Cello Concerto, Serenade, Lonely Waters, W&hellip ~ Guy Johnston
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Compared to other British Cello Concertos (Elgar, Walton, Britten etc.) the Moeran is virtually unknown. However it is easily one of the loveliest and most accessible works written for the Cello that I've come across and it really deserves far more attention than it receives. Guy Johnston's account of this concerto is just superb! He never overdoes it yet at the same time he captures the atmosphere of the work perfectly and at given moments really pulls at the heart-strings! For any Guy Johnston fan and/or for anyone with a taste for music by British composers from the earlier half of the 20th century, this CD is a must-have! Wonderful music, winningly played by both soloist and orchestra,… Read more
Shostakovich: A Life by Laurel E. Fay
Shostakovich: A Life by Laurel E. Fay
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If you want a book that gives you a thoroughly detailed account of Shostakovich's life and how his music ties into it, this book is ideal. The quality and quantity of references puts Laurel Fay's writing beyond any reasonable doubt.

However I can only agree with what other reviewers of this book have said about how dry it can be: the pages are quite large, the font-size relatively small (but completely legible nonetheless), and most of the chapters each being at least 30 pages long. So apart from these factors making it a physically-taxing read, it is very difficult to stop mid-chapter and pick it up later without losing the flow and main ideas of that chapter.

What I… Read more