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Elgar: An Anniversary Portrait Hardcover – 19 Jun 2007
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Mention in The Bookseller--The Bookseller Title mentioned in The Lady--Chris Wood, The Lady "The great strength of the book lies in its Elgarian blending of views by musicologists and historians as well as performing musicians...this pleasant and interesting book is an enjoyable read and will make you listen to the work once again." Reviewed by Robert Giddings, Tribune, 2008 Mention in The Bookseller--, Title mentioned in The Lady--, "A friendly and familiar portrait of the composer for the general reader... in addition to affectionate tributes, several of the essays tucked inside take less well-trodden paths through Elgar's life and his music, notably Adrian Partington's fine chapter on 'Elgar's Church Music which gives the reader a vivid sense of the 'variety, colour and intelligence' of what John Butt has described in another recent collection of essays on Elgar as a 'small but striking oeuvre2. Affectionate yet critical, personal yet informative" The Elgar Society Journal, July 2008 Mention in The Bookseller--Sanford Lakoff "McVeagh first chronicled Elgar's career in 1955, so has a lifetime of knowledge."--Sanford Lakoff Title mentioned in The Lady--Sanford Lakoff "an intimate tribute to Edward Elgar and his music by some of those most affected by his legacy." "An Anniversary Portrait succeeds in offering a sufficient yet panoramic view of Elgar's life and music. The impressive list of authors and concise nature of their contributions make this book an easily digestible and enjoyable read." Muso, 01/08/07--Sanford Lakoff "thoughtful take on Elgar's dual nature." "a welcome handful of insights." David Nice, BBC Music Magazine, 01/08/07--Sanford Lakoff "With a starry line-up of contributors and an introduction by outgoing Proms director Nicholas Kenyon, Elgar: An Anniversary Portrait touches accessibly on similar themes." David Gutman, BBC Proms magazine, Prom 31, 5 August 2007--Sanford Lakoff "It is a good, warts-and-all study of one of our greatest composers"--Sanford Lakoff "Too frequently a multi-author work on a composer obscures rather than illuminates its subject. This volume casts a genuinely prismatic light upon it." R.J. Stove, The New Criterion--Sanford Lakoff Title Mention in the International Record Review, October 2007--Sanford Lakoff "One of the most enjoyable aspects of Elgar: An Anniversary Portrait is its eclectic compilation of perspectives on Elgar, a composer whose complexity grows with each successive publication... the interaction of histories, musicologists, biographers, and artists ensures that the book will be greatly appreciated by Elgarians, and different constituencies of readers will undoubtedly find much of value in different essays. The personal essays and reminiscences while delightful and engaging are limited as a scholarly resource; however, several of the contributions will appeal to Elgar scholars. The relative brevity of most of the essays marks them as suggestive inducements to further inquiry, but ultimately Elgar: An Anniversary Portrait successfully meets the goals implied by its title." - Dan Kline, Victorian Studies, Summer 2008--Sanford Lakoff
About the Author
Nicholas Kenyon is Director of the Proms. He was formerly head of Radio 3, music critic for the Observer and the New Yorker.
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