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Schumann: Chamber Music (Hyperion: CDA67923) ~ The Nash Ensemble
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Schumann, 9 Jun 2012
The days when late Schumann was considered just a trajectory of sad decline are long past. Still, I do wonder if there is anything on this disc matching such early glories as, say, Kreisleriana or the piano quintet; but on the whole, listening to the introspective moods prevalent here pays rich rewards, and Schumann had by no means lost his penchant for wayward turns in the twilight years of his career.

Much of the programme offered here is also available at bargain price on a Brilliant CD licensed from CRD; and I would be hard put to decide in favour of one of the two fairy tale sets for piano/clarinet/viola (the earlier one, incidentally, also performed by the Nash Ensemble,… Read more
One Day by David Nicholls
One Day by David Nicholls
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
After I had been ploughing through two brick-like books that had 'Literature' (with capital L) writ large all over them, this variation on the evergreen topic of 'Harry and Sally' was a most welcome relief: genuinely funny, liberal doses of acid repartee and shrewd observations, great care given to telling details and lots of fine craftsmanship spent on the staging of embarrassing encounters, disastrous reunions and relationships derailing. (I particularly liked the parlour game gone horribly wrong at the home of one of the leading man's prospective girlfriends.)

And what is more, from the very beginning there is beneath the surface charm a strong undercurrent steering… Read more
Pinkerton's Sister by Pete Rushforth
Pinkerton's Sister by Pete Rushforth
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What Alice knew ..., 21 Dec 2009
Whenever Alice, the novel's protagonist, turns her acerbic wit on the stuffy philistines surrounding her, the results are simply hilarious, and I honestly consider rereading some of these chapters to better savour their verbal acrobatics.
Traversing this novel, however, was by no means an unalloyed pleasure: first, as Alice's fellow citizens tend to come across as cardboard caricatures, the sheer length of the harangues does not always seem justified; and what is more, these entertaining bits come in between expansive stretches of densely allusive prose, littered with literary references and snatches of verse.
These parts definitely exhausted my patience and went beyond my… Read more