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Toward the Unknown Region Audacious honesty ..... Palmer has stayed true to his subject - a composer whose experience of life in every aspect is bound up in his music. Malcolm ARNOLD – A Story of Survival - A Film by Tony PALMER Reviews by Rob Barnett and Chris Thomas


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Arts in Residence Programme 2004-5



THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO BRUCKNER A fine addition to the Bruckner bibliography but decidedly not a book for the beginner, not for the uninitiated. John Williamson (editor) £47.50 hardback £17.99 paperback 303pp Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0 521 80404 3 hardback. 0 521 00878 6 [TB]

The Cambridge Companion to the Lied Disappointing that, despite excellent inner chapters, the book does not, ultimately, live up to its premise.edited by James Parsons 2004 333 pp. Cambridge University Press [AO]

The Penguin Companion to Classical Music Penguin continue to push out the boundaries of their reference library and have done so successfully and with distinct character in Paul Griffiths’ book. By Paul Griffiths [RB]

The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and DVDs: Set against its many rewards the flaws, although not to be forgotten, should not blind us to a valuable contribution to the music-lover’s shelves. Yearbook 2004/5 - Best Buys in Classical Music by Ivan March, Edward Greenfield, Robert Layton Assistant Editor: Paul Czajkowski [RB]

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JOHN BULLER - Obituary - Martin Anderson

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BRUCKNER’S EIGHTH SYMPHONY Personal reflections on a favourite work and some key recordings by Patrick C Waller

REVERSE TRANSCRIPTION - a matter of black and white?- by Arthur Butterworth

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