Master Jacques

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 7,533 - Total Helpful Votes: 272 of 295
Curious Warnings: The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. &hellip by M.R. James
What a pity, when the Afterword is valuable and the fragmentary stories so rarely found, that the editor Stephen Jones has taken it upon himself to muck around with James's punctuation to make him more "accessible" - on the grounds that the original author was "not much of a stylist". Hmm.

Perhaps it had not occurred to him that many of us read these stories for the style as much as the substance. Mr Jones claims that he has not cut a word or altered the meaning. In the event, he often obscures James's meaning without clarifying it in the slightest. Sometimes he does worse. Here is just one, rather shocking example.

The original first paragraph of "Oh, Whistle, and… Read more
Williamson: Complete Piano Concertos [Piers Lane, &hellip ~ Piers Lane
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A major rediscovery, 3 Mar 2014
First off, I must congratulate Hyperion. Yes, they have done it again! Their ability to rescue obscure but worthwhile piano concertos from the vault of time is legendary, but in choosing to record these four by the Anglo-Australian Master of the Queen's Music, Malcolm Williamson - together with his other two, concertante keyboard works - they have excelled themselves. For imaginative choice of worthwhile repertoire, this set will take some beating.

This is also the most important Williamson CD issue since he died, forgotten by nearly everyone, over ten years ago. Most composers go into eclipse after their death, but in his case the eclipse started a generation ago. Well, it is… Read more
British Light Music: Percy Whitlock ~ Percy Whitlock
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The music of Percy Whitlock is bold, sunny, vigorous and charming by turns and the RTE Concert Orchestra put it across very well. As far as that goes, I have little to add to the other, positive reviews of this disc.

What I do have to add is a warning: beware ordering this CD direct from Amazon, as you may not get what you think you are paying for. What I received, after a couple of days delay, was a CD-R copy of the original Marco Polo disc. This copy had been run off in Germany by an affiliate company called CreateSpace, and the quality was poor.

There were no liner notes at all. Those had been replaced by adverts for other, popular Naxos issues - and when… Read more