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Philip Arnold Heseltine (AKA Peter Warlock) 1894-1930

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« on: June 01, 2022, 10:00:23 pm »

I agree with you about ghost stories too! Radio 4Extra sometimes has appropriately chilling stuff on just after midnight -- M. R. James, Algernon Blackwood and suchlike. Good to  listen to in bed in the dark with the duvet pulled up over my head!

I am very selective with Britten; I like much of his early stuff and Peter Grimes is, I think, a masterpiece of the front rank. However, I feel he went off the boil after Billy Budd  and The Turn of the Screw and anything later than that does not speak to me. I find it clever but uninspired. It's my fault, I'm sure. I do have blind spots: Rufinatscha, for example!

As for The Curlew, the best version I've heard is Mark Padmore's which is coupled with Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge and Ten Blake Songs on Harmonia Mundi.
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