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W A Mozart: Musical Diary 1784-1791. © 2018 SP Books  Jonathan Keates: Messiah - The Composition and Afterlife of Handel's Masterpiece. ISBN: 9 781784 974008. © 2016 Head of Zeus Ltd  James Hamilton-Paterson: Sinfonia Eroica - The First Great Romantic Symphony - Ludwig van Beethoven. ISBN: 9 781784 977214. © 2016 Head of Zeus Ltd  Two Pianos - Limited Edition. Personal Memories of the Playhouse Theatre by Joan Ovens and Anne Hughes. Book cover © 2004 Countyvise Ltd  Paul Kildea: 'Benjamin Britten - A Life in the Twentieth Century'. © 2013 Penguin


Book review. An Elegant Publication - Mozart's Musical Diary, 1784-1791, read by Daniel Schorno

Book Review. A Real Gem - Jonathan Keates' study of Handel's 'Messiah', recommended by Gerald Fenech

Book Review. Exceptionally Well Informed - James Hamilton-Paterson's 'Sinfonia Eroica', highly recommended by Gerald Fenech

A Nostalgic Read - Personal memories of Liverpool's Playhouse Theatre, read by Gerald Fenech

Fresh Insights - Paul Kildea discusses work on his recent book about Britten, heard by Mike Wheeler

Authentic Portrayals - 'Aloha, Mozart' by Waimea Williams, read by Kelly Ferjutz

So Much, For So Many - R Murray Schafer's 'My Life on Earth and Elsewhere', read by A P Virag

An Invaluable Book - Gergely Hubai's 'Torn Music: Rejected film scores, a selected history', recommended by Patric Standford

Ensemble. Apocalypse Now - Franz Schmidt's 'The Book with Seven Seals', reviewed by Giuseppe Pennisi

A Whimsical Novel - Edmund Bealby-Wright's 'This Farewell Symphony', read by Karen Haid

Fun to Read - 'Dwynwen's Feast' by I H Smythe, read by Kelly Ferjutz

Ensemble. No Sense or Sensibility - George Balcombe dismisses Patrick Piggott's book about music in the life and writings of Jane Austen

An Ever-Active Hive - Robert Anderson examines the latest score from Acuta Music

An Eloquent Devotee - Ronald Stevenson's writings on Grainger, read by Robert Anderson

Utterly Compelling - Jon Gillock's 'Performing Messiaen's Organ Music: 66 Masterclasses', read by Tom Corfield

A Golden Treasury - Havergal Brian on European and American music, read by Patric Standford

Most Welcome - The first edition of two Elgar movements for oboe quartet, reviewed by Robert Anderson

Much Augmented - A new score of Elgar's 'Arthur', perused by Robert Anderson

Strongly Stated and Idiosyncratic - 'Composing in Words: William Alwyn on his Art', read by Patric Standford

Truly Charming - John Sant'Ambrogio's 'The Day I Almost Destroyed the Boston Symphony, and Other Stories', read by Kelly Ferjutz

Magnificent Scholarship - Robert Hugill reads the new Cambridge Handel Encyclopaedia

A Model of Clarity - A new score of Elgar's 'Mina', appraised by Robert Anderson

A Useful Survey - Thomas May's 'The John Adams Reader', reviewed by Mike Wheeler

A Natural Aristocrat - 'Cardus - Celebrant of Beauty' by Robin Daniels, reviewed by Robert Anderson

Truly Hilarious - Jenny Setchell's book 'Organ-isms', recommended by Kelly Ferjutz

A Symbol of Peace - Howard Smith comments on Alberto Portugheis' recent publication

An Unexpected Treasure - Jeanette Hanscome talks to author Helen Martens about her new book 'Felix Mendelssohn: Out of the Depths of His Heart'

A Major Pleasure - A new study score of Elgar's 'Empire March', reviewed by Robert Anderson

Scrupulously Done - Andrew Barnett's 'Sibelius', read by Robert Anderson

A Labour of Love - John Suchet's 'The Treasures of Beethoven', read by Howard Smith

Punchy and Informative - John Bell Young's survey of the Beethoven symphonies, read by Gerald Fenech

Book Review. A Lordly Survey - Nick Strimple's 'Choral Music in the Nineteenth Century', reviewed by Robert Anderson

Much Subtlety - Peter Sutton's play 'Elgar and Alice', read by Robert Anderson

Meticulous Research - 'The Pearl' by Douglas Smith, reviewed by Robert Anderson

Museum not Morgue - 'Opera and the Morbidity of Music', read by Robert Anderson

Remarkable Scope - On Ronald Stevenson's eightieth birthday, Patric Standford reads Colin Scott-Sutherland's 'Ronald Stevenson: The Man and his Music'

Highly Readable - Paul Jackson's third book about the Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts, reviewed by Robert Hugill

An Inspiring Read - Anthony Davie reads Victor Lederer's book 'Chopin: A Listener's Guide to the Master of the Piano'

Enthusiastically Recommended - Howard Smith reads an 'owner's manual' of Sibelius orchestral works

Extremely Detailed - Daniel Felsenfeld's 'Tchaikovsky - A Listener's Guide', reviewed by Anna L Franco

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