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Moeran: Cello Concerto, Serenade, Lonely Waters, Whythorne's Shadow
Moeran: Cello Concerto, Serenade, Lonely Waters, Whythorne's Shadow
Price: £5.99

17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful concerto, wonderfully played., 13 May 2013
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Compared to other British Cello Concertos (Elgar, Walton, Britten etc.) the Moeran is virtually unknown. However it is easily one of the loveliest and most accessible works written for the Cello that I've come across and it really deserves far more attention than it receives. Guy Johnston's account of this concerto is just superb! He never overdoes it yet at the same time he captures the atmosphere of the work perfectly and at given moments really pulls at the heart-strings! For any Guy Johnston fan and/or for anyone with a taste for music by British composers from the earlier half of the 20th century, this CD is a must-have! Wonderful music, winningly played by both soloist and orchestra, beautifully clean & clear recording - what's not to like?!


Shostakovich: A Life
Shostakovich: A Life
by Laurel E. Fay
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £26.99

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavy-going, but definitely worth it!, 18 Aug. 2011
This review is from: Shostakovich: A Life (Hardcover)
If you want a book that gives you a thoroughly detailed account of Shostakovich's life and how his music ties into it, this book is ideal. The quality and quantity of references puts Laurel Fay's writing beyond any reasonable doubt.

However I can only agree with what other reviewers of this book have said about how dry it can be: the pages are quite large, the font-size relatively small (but completely legible nonetheless), and most of the chapters each being at least 30 pages long. So apart from these factors making it a physically-taxing read, it is very difficult to stop mid-chapter and pick it up later without losing the flow and main ideas of that chapter.

What I would suggest is this - this is not the sort of book which you can just 'dip-in-and-out-of', I'd advise that you allocate a slot of time in your day to read a chapter without interruption (one chapter alone has taken me between 45 mins to 1 hour). This is also the sort of book where you would need to re-read each chapter a few times for it all to sink in. Defintely NOT a book you can just 'reel-off-quickly'! Whilst it does seems like a tall mountain to climb, for the academic study of shostakovich it is absolutely INVALUABLE, defintely worth every ounce of effort. If you want to study the life of shostakovich in detail and engage into it academically this book is an absolute must, no exaggerations!
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