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4.0 out of 5 stars Tennyson Poetry DVD
This DVD is absolutely fine. I bought it to lull me to sleep at night, and also because I love listening to poetry.
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Marian Peters

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1.0 out of 5 stars Gradgrind recites
Listening to this disc is a curious experience, not one many will wish to have twice.

Tennyson is a musician in words or he is nothing. Listening to this bizarre recital is like overhearing a particularly unimaginative grade four violinist deliver a Bach minuet: no sense of phrasing, line or mood. Everything is read in a monotonous, prosaic tone; there is no...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Gradgrind recites, 7 Mar 2014
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Listening to this disc is a curious experience, not one many will wish to have twice.

Tennyson is a musician in words or he is nothing. Listening to this bizarre recital is like overhearing a particularly unimaginative grade four violinist deliver a Bach minuet: no sense of phrasing, line or mood. Everything is read in a monotonous, prosaic tone; there is no awareness of how Tennyson uses assonance and rhythm to generate his characteristically rich musical effects. It must have been the way Gradgrind recited poetry to a class to convince them of its utter pointlessness.

How this disc was conceived and executed is baffling. In forty years of teaching, I've rarely heard a student deliver so many magical lines with such a lamentable absence of understanding, sensitivity or technique. There are many recordings of these famous poems available. Few more inept than these. If you can find them, those made for Argo under the direction of George Rylands are outstanding.

Perhaps this disc is designed as an insomnia-generating alternative to caffeine; certainly listeners are in no danger of being charmed to sleep.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Tennyson Poetry DVD, 3 Oct 2010
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This DVD is absolutely fine. I bought it to lull me to sleep at night, and also because I love listening to poetry.
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