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4.0 out of 5 stars The children who loved Britten., 31 July 2012
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A good book if you don't take it for what it is NOT: a biography of Britten. But a good complement to a biography (especially for the years 1938 to 1941) if you have already read one, or to "Letters from a Life" (which come very close to a detailed biography).
There are a few assumptions which seem to me unlikely, e.g. the withdrawal of Young Apollo for personal reasons (whereas "Antique" from Les Illuminations composed at the same period and bearing the same dedication was never withdrawn). But the author is always cautious and makes it clear when he is only making assumptions (which he does not often).
If Bridcut states in his Preface that "there is no obligation on those who admire, even adore, the music to feel the same about the man ", well... the book eventually rather confirms St Matthew's "Ye shall know them by their fruits" (Mt 7,16) - or, in Peter Pears's words: "He was a good man. How could he not be having written all that beautiful music?"
The author was, as he says, "lucky enough to work with Britten" (as a singer) and the book is also insightful into Britten's music in so far as children's voices are involved.
A very pleasant reading too.
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