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VS Naipaul: A House for Mr Biswas (Unabridged)

VS Naipaul: A House for Mr Biswas (Unabridged)


read by Sam Dastor

A House for Mr Biswas, by Nobel and Booker Prize-winning author V.S. Naipaul, is a powerful novel about one mans struggle for identity and belonging. Born into poverty, then trapped in the shackles of charity and gratitude, Mr Biswas longs for a house he can call his own. He begrudges his wife and her wealthy family, upon whom he is dependent. Finding himself a mere accessory on their estate, his constant rebellion is motivated by the one thing that can symbolise his independence. The book is striking in its lush and sensual descriptions of Trinidad and was listed as one of Time magazines 100 Best English-Language Novels from 1923 to 2005.

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Naxos AudioBooks Contemporary Fiction - NA0286

(CD - 18 discs)

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Barbara Euphan Todd: Worzel Gummidge Again

Barbara Euphan Todd: Worzel Gummidge Again


read by Jessica Martin

Spending their summer holidays with Farmer Braithwaite and his wife in Scatterbrook, John and Susan come across a particularly lifelike scarecrow in a nearby field. That evening, much to the children’s surprise, the scarecrow makes an appearance in the Braithwaites’ kitchen to warm himself by the fire. He is Worzel Gummidge and he is no ordinary scarecrow. His tendency to cause mayhem wherever he goes sparks a series of mishaps and adventures, often with hilarious results. This is the first of the Worzel Gummidge novels written by Barbara Euphan Todd, originally published in 1936.

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Naxos AudioBooks Junior Classics - NA0288

(CD - 5 discs)

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Leonora Carrington: The Hearing Trumpet (Unabridged)

Leonora Carrington: The Hearing Trumpet (Unabridged)


read by Siân Phillips

Surreal and splendidly unconventional, The Hearing Trumpet is an apocalyptic fairytale quest about an occult old ladies home and the spry nonagenarian who ends up there. After coming into possession of a hearing trumpet, 92-year-old Marian Leatherby discovers her sons plans to send her to a nursing home. But this is no ordinary place Strange rituals, orgiastic nuns, levitating abbesses, animalistic humans, humanistic animals, a search for the Holy Grail and a plan to escape to Lapland and knit a tent Surrealist painter Leonora Carrington's novel is an exhilarating journey brimming with laugh-out-loud humour and absurd lunacy.

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Naxos AudioBooks Contemporary Fiction - NA0312

(CD - 6 discs)

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Let beauty awake – English Viola Music

Let beauty awake – English Viola Music


Britten:

Suite No. 3 for cello solo, Op. 87

Lachrymae for viola & piano, Op. 48

Clarke, Rebecca:

Viola Sonata

Vaughan Williams:

Songs of Travel: Five Songs

Romance for viola & piano


Ellen Nisbeth (viola), Bengt Forsberg (piano)

Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianist and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola players, but deserving of a wider audience. The centrepiece of this amply filled disc is Benjamin Britten’s Third Suite for Cello, transcribed for viola by Ellen Nisbeth herself – composed for Mstislav Rostropovich, the suite is based on Russian themes which Britten only presents in full towards the end of the substantial work. The same method is used in Lachrymae, here in the original version for viola and piano, where John Dowland’s song If my complaints could passions move is presented in full at the very end of the piece.

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BIS - BIS2182

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Schoenberg: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4

Schoenberg: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 4


Schoenberg:

String Quartet No. 2 in F sharp minor, Op. 10

Malin Hartelius (soprano)

String Quartet No. 4, Op. 37


Conceived thirty years apart, both works on the present disc came into being at difficult times in the life of Arnold Schoenberg. Emotional stress caused by a marital crisis around 1907-1908 is often claimed to have contributed to the break with tonality that the Second String Quartet represents – in the course of the work Schoenberg moves from the post-Wagnerian chromaticism of Late Romanticism to atonality, with the final movement lacking a key signature altogether. Another unusual feature is the inclusion of a soprano in the two last movements. Schoenberg himself later wrote: 'I was inspired by poems of Stefan George, the German poet ... and, surprisingly, without any expectation on my part, these songs showed a style quite different from everything I had written before.'

Almost thirty years later, in 1936, the String Quartet No. 4 was one of the first works that Schoenberg composed in the U.S.A. after having been forced into exile by the threat of the Nazi regime in Germany. He had left Europe in 1933, but the first years in his new home country had been taxing, with health problems and a difficult work schedule involving teaching in both Boston and New York. If the second quartet is a key work of musical modernism, pointing towards an as yet unknown future, String Quartet No. 4 rests securely on the principles of twelve-tone composition that Schoenberg had developed during the intervening years – but makes use of these principles in a somewhat freer, more relaxed manner than his previous twelve-tone works. The two works are given full-blooded performances by the Gringolts Quartet, joined by the Swedish soprano Malin Hartelius in the Second String Quartet.

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En El Amor

En El Amor

Traditional Sephardic Songs


1. Madre un manseviko

2. Buenas noches Hanum Dudu

3. Ken kere tomar konsejo

4. la Tore

5. Anderleto

6. Porke yoras

7. Noches noches, buenas noches

8. Ken ez esto

9. Poko le dash la mi konsuegra

10. lavaba la blanca niña

11. Durme durme

12. En El O

13. Oh! que tiempo muy hermozo

14. Oy ke buena ke fue la ora


Natasa Mirkovic (voice), Michel Godard (serpent) & Jarrod Cagwin (percussion)

En El Amor is a fascinating new project that brings together two well-known jazz musicians, Michel Godard (serpent) and Jarrod Cagwin (percussion) with the Bosnian singer Nataša Mirković, a truly versatile vocalist who became known internationally with her theme song for Angelina Jolie’s “in the land of blood and honey”, as well as for her recording of Schubert’s “Winterreise”. On this album, the singer performs songs from her childhood in Bosnia: Ancient Sephardic tradionals, that are still being sung by the people of the Balkan area today. She clearly draws inspiration from her ancestral roots, while at the same time the three musicians arrange these old songs in a new and experimental context, creating a magical soundscape that transcends time, culture and tradition. recorded in the breathtaking acoustics of the former synagogue of St. Pölten in Austria, this album becomes a total work of art fusing ancient and new, religious and secular, traditional and modern artistic expression.

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Carpe Diem - CD16313

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Beethoven: The Middle Quartets

Beethoven: The Middle Quartets


Arianna String Quartet

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Centaur - CRC3544-46

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American Art Songs & Their Poetry

American Art Songs & Their Poetry


Stephanie Tingler (soprano), Martha Thomas (piano)

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Centaur - CRC3552

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Brahms & Rubinstein: Concertos

Brahms & Rubinstein: Concertos


David Glen Hatch (piano)

Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Young

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Centaur - CRC3565-66

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Bruch, Mendelssohn & Massenet: Violin Works

Bruch, Mendelssohn & Massenet: Violin Works


Kinga Augustyn (violin)

Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Klecker

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Centaur - CRC3585

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