S. Benson

Helpful votes received on reviews: 57% (4 of 7)
Location: liverpool, UK

19th century, mid/late Romantic, particuarly concerted piano music, solo piano, orchestral. Collecting vinyl. Favourite pianist: MICHAEL PONTI. Like obscure composers especially: eg Paderewski, Busoni, Enescu, Medtner, Rubinstein, etc


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King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher
King of the Badgers by Philip Hensher
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Loose Baggy Monster", 2 Jan 2013
I so much wanted to like this book! And, to an extent, I did: the integration(apart from homophobes like the odious Neighbourhood Watch man) of openly gay characters in the whole,rich community was great to see and well-managed; and there were set pieces of poetic beauty: eg mysterious opening scene on the dark waters, and the Wolf cliffside section.However, I felt there were far too many characters, so that we got rarely developed vignettes(though David, Mauro and, to a degree, Kenyon were quite fully developed characters).Nor did I find the abduction story was as convincingly integrated in the overall compass of the novel. It reminded of Edmund White, but not as emotionally powerful, in… Read more
Romantic Concertos Vol.4 ~ Ponti
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Grab this! It is extrememly rare and is the most exciting performance of the concerto and the most moving you will ever hear; listen to the startlingly effective sections where Ponti uses extreme rubato in the second passionate theme of finale and at the very end SOARS over a very fine orchestra; it breaks your heart in its fervent passion;if you have been put off by Ponti's sometimes scrappy Vox orchestras, this one is high class.This may have been this greatly underestimated and sometimes perjorativized pianist's last commercial recording before his stroke; it dates from about 1997.
The Secret Dublin Diary of Gerard Manley Hopkins by Robert G. Waldron
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Waldron has written a masterpiece. This slim, beautifully produced book is a masterly, poignant re-visualisation of Hopkin's later years in Dublin. The great poet, a guilt and shame wracked gay man, a lover of God, Chris, nature and men's bodies, is given a sort of redemption through being able finally able to say "I love you" to another man. Written in fairly spare, but effective and at times beautiful prose, Waldron knowingly and lovingly uses Hopkin's own poetic techniques, eg compound epithets, to enhance and intensify his moving story. This is also a deeply political book, because it shows homophobia running through the whole of society of the time, particuarly some forms of… Read more

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