Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane

Not me - a characterful local duck I sometimes see
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Location: Fife, Scotland

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Bach: Complete Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Ha&hellip ~ Rachel Podger
If you know Rachel Podger's recordings of the solo Sonatas and Partitas, chosen on BBC3's CD Review as first choice some time ago, you will expect good things from these parallel recordings of the sonatas with keyboard (and, in the case of two, BWV1023 and BWV 1021, viola da gamba, well played by Jonathan Manson). You won't be disappointed.There are exactly the same virtues of beautiful sound, highly musical phrasing, technical security, dead-centre tuning and a sense of lively involvement throughout. Trevor Pinnock handles the harpsichord part just as expertly and eloquently and the balance of the recording is first-rate. The set includes both versions of BWV1019 (in G), which means we… Read more
The Postcard Century: 2000 Cards and Their Message&hellip by Tom Phillips
This is a most enjoyable book. It's a large-format softback, nicely produced by Thames and Hudson, which 'tells the story' of the postcard, using very large numbers of postcards from the author's collection as illustration. Social, cultural and political history are inevitably involved, and major events - the Great War, the Second World War, the liberallsing movements of the 1960s, the fall of the Berlin Wall and many others - feature. Tom Phillips includes the message on each postcard and a brief comment (often witty) below the postcard illustration, providing a shadowy but interesting, sometimes poignant, glimpse of the unknown people who wrote these messages. The development of postcard… Read more
Carver - O bone Jesu ~ The Sixteen
Carver - O bone Jesu ~ The Sixteen
'Buzby' is right - this is unbelievable, and particularly the 19-part Motet 'O Bone Jesu'. Here in the 21st century we are transported to Scone Abbey in the 16th., with one monk producing sounds which raise the hairs on the back of your neck and bring tears to your eyes. It's all beautifully performed. Revelatory!

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