Tuesday, 30 December 2008

An Excellent Christmas!

It was an excellent Christmas for presents, and these are some that I will enjoy for a long time:

'As steals the morn ...', Handel arias and scenes for tenor, with Mark Padmore and The English Concert - exquisite!

Beethoven Violin Concerto, with Lisa Batiashvili - the rave reviews are justified - sensational!

Alex Ross's book, 'The Rest is Noise, Listening to the Twentieth Century', which recently won The Guardian First Book Award. Bjork describes it as 'an incredibly nourishing book' and having read a quarter of the 600 pages I'm finding it riveting. Ross manages to combine an immense knowledge of the subject with a highly accessible and entertaining style, as he trawls through the last century exploring the different paths of music in their historical and cultural context. 

I'm still waiting for some jazz, Abdullah Ibrahim, Senzo, to be delivered, so there's more to come!

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