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A missed opportunity.,
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It's impossible to recommend this disc. Only 62 minutes long, incomprehensibly, it offers only an abridged version of The Deutschland: leaving out the entire, magnificent account of the shipwreck! Since this represents the greatest of Hopkins's poetry, there's not much point in buying this ill-conceived anthology. Unfortunately, the wonderful readings made by Argo for the British Council, with a superlative account of The Deutschland by Michael Redgrave, is now unavailable. Jeremy Northam reads well enough, albeit sometimes misunderstanding Hopkins's sense, but there is no magic here: it's all a bit tepid and monotonous. Hopkins deserves a reader with a much stronger sense of the rich variety of the drama and music of the verse. If not a latter-day Redgrave, then a latter-day Burton....