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Beware! Same book, different title.
on 31 July 2013
Beware! This book is essentially a reissue of John Bridcut's 'The Faber Pocket Guide to Britten' , published by Faber and Faber in 2010. If there are any differences between the two books, apart from a new title, new cover and new ISBN number, I cannot see them. I have been avidly buying the various books that have appeared in celebration of Britten's centenary year and, having enjoyed Bridcut's 'Britten's Children', I bought this title in good faith. Some warning would have been good.
As to the book itself, it is something of a curate's egg. The tone is somewhat facetious (with a 'Round Britten Quiz' at the end of each section). The overall effect is rather disappointing. Perhaps the best section is Part Five, 'the music of Britten', where Bridcut offers his by no means uncritical opinion of many of Britten's works.