Mr. R. Jordan

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Ivor Gurney and Marion Scott: Song of Pain and Bea&hellip by Pamela Blevins
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
The first chapter of this dual biography pitches the reader headlong into the Scott story. Her colourful memories of visits to Crystal Palace in childhood show a fascinating insight into her surroundings, and throughout the book her poetic descriptions of places such as Switzerland and France leave a deep enough impression to rival Gurney's claims as a wordsmith. These diversions from Gurney are well integrated enough to make it a true dual biography, and Scott is never the least interesting half: it is her that drives the book along. Detailed footnotes are placed at the end of each manageable chapter, where they might be read without fear of missing an interesting snippet.
This book's… Read more
The Film Music of John Addison ~ J. Addison
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview, 22 Sep 2008
The Chandos film albums are a fine way to get hold of rare music and contain plenty of premier recordings (this have 5 plus a couple of suites). This one reminds me of the Clifton Parker album in that it can be quite tiring in one sitting . . . one can only take so many melodies!
Two favourites: 'Swashbuckler', which says 'cinema' to me, and 'Centennial', which brings back a fondly-remembered tv series. I remember the stirring music was a factor in me watching it in the first place.
Sound quality, as with all Chandos releases, is exemplary.
In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric
In Zodiac Light by Robert Edric
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sombre, 14 Aug 2008
This is the first Edric book I have read, after it was widely reviewed in the press. My interest was primarily in seeing how Ivor Gurney would be fictionalised.
I found the book to be a relatively easy read, despite its sombre setting, the City of London asylum at Dartford, and the grief-stricken memories of the doctor who narrates it. Edric is obviously a great craftsman, and is someone I would read again.
But as a fictional study of Gurney (remember this is why I bought it!) I was bothered by many inaccuracies in his background story. His teacher Hubert Parry is mentioned twice, despite having died five years before the narrative. Vaughan Williams is 'Sir', something he never… Read more

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