Androcleas

"Androcleas"
 
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Location: Novosibirsk, Russia

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America by Franz Kafka
America by Franz Kafka
Initially, it seems as though this book is not as accomplished as the author's more famous novels, but I think on reflection, I would rather say this book is just different to 'The Castle' and 'The Trial'. It is about a 15 year old called Karl Rossman who gets packed off to America on his own after a sexual misdemeanour with a servant in his native Prague.

Alienation is a key theme in this. Despite some outrageous and even unnatural fortune, Karl can never fit in anywhere or find his milieu. Just as the reader feels he is about to achieve something, there is a sudden drop in Karl's fortunes. Constant unfulfilled hope makes the book rather antagonising.

Although on… Read more
Anthology of Piano Music by Russian & Soviet Com.3 ~ F Amirov, Y Favorin, N Mndoyants T.Khrennikov Jr
Anthology of Piano Music by Russian & Soviet Com.3 ~ F Amirov, Y Favorin, N Mndoyants T.Khrennikov Jr
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This disc is a revelation.

Two works take up the greater part of the disc - the 2nd Sonata of Vsevolod Zaderatsky and the 3rd Sonata of Sergei Protopopov - neither of whom are exactly household names - but I would suggest that that is largely to do with the fact that both composers were heavily suppressed by the Soviet authorities, rather than with any deficiency in their music.

Protopopov only completed a small number of pieces before his work was discredited, and he apparently opted for the safe option of not composing anything else ever again - a pity. The Third Sonata is a futurist rite, built around tritones - with short menacing fragments of melody repeating… Read more
Allan Pettersson: Complete Symphonies [Box Set] ~ Saarbrcken Radio Symphony Orchestra
Allan Pettersson: Complete Symphonies [Box Set] ~ Saarbrcken Radio Symphony Orchestra
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
This box set gives us the 15 symphonies (2-16) completed by the Swedish composer Allan Pettersson, plus a Symphonic Movement, and a 'Pettersson requiem' by Peter Ruzicka.

Petersson's music reminds me of three composers - Bruckner, Mahler and Schnittke. Mahler in that his music consists of a set of rather large autobiographical symphonies, based on elements of songs written earlier in the composer's career. - Bruckner in that his music is single-minded, in a sense very spiritual (although very much of the 20th C rather than 19th), and constructed in blocks that at times make the music sound grandiose and uncompromising - but to some will sound poorly structured. - Schnittke in… Read more

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