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Dialogues on Listening, Composing and Culture

Dialogues on Listening, Composing and Culture

Here we have another beautifully produced and thought-provoking text from the Boydell Press. It features on this occasion the music and thought of the composer Julian Anderson, who is internationally known as one of the leading creative spirits of his generation.

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The Drowning Shore

The Drowning Shore

From the glass panes of screens to border-seas, to the seal of our own bodies – how do we transcend the divisions by which we define ourselves? A new cantata in Scots and Yiddish explores the physical realities of language in our increasingly virtual world.

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PAUL LEWIS: Harp Scenes

PAUL LEWIS: Harp Scenes

Lewis’s music is, quite rightly, described as a ‘luscious oeuvre’ and so if you want harp music that is idiomatic, tuneful and lyrical then this disc is for you…

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WALTON: Chamber Music

WALTON: Chamber Music

From the first folk-like theme the Piano Quartet of the teenage Walton breathes pure English Pastoral – an impression only reinforced by the heat-haze of the delicious slow movement.

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BRITTEN: A Ceremony of Carols

BRITTEN: A Ceremony of Carols

he glittering tinsel of a seasonal Clare College this year outshines its better-known neighbour, Kings, with a spectacular concert of music set to become the star of this year’s burgeoning collection of Christmas releases.

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Pax Britannica: Organ music

Pax Britannica: Organ music

This is a uniquely interesting recording from Australia. It brings together, in one place, organ compositions by many late nineteenth and early twentieth century composers. Some are largely forgotten…

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