State of siege

Diego : Mentir est toujours une sottise.
Nada : Non, c’est une politique.
Albert Camus , L’État de siège.


Steffani: Duets of Love and Passion

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Agostino Steffani (1653-1728)

DUETS OF LOVE AND PASSION

Amanda Forsythe, soprano; Emőke Baráth, soprano; Colin Balzer, tenor; Christian Immler, baritone; Boston Early Music Chamber Ensemble.

I very much enjoyed the performance at Jordan Hall in Boston last Friday and was happy to be able to buy the compact-disc recording while I was there. I have not seen the recording listed yet at Amazon in the United States, but it has already been released in Germany (amazon.de) and is scheduled for release in the United Kingdom on 27 October 2017 (amazon.co.uk).

UPDATE: As of November 3 it is at amazon.com.


The Witches’ Tree

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The Witches’ Tree: An Agatha Raisin Mystery, by M. C. Beaton

If you’ve read the previous 27 books in the Agatha Raisin series, then you’ll want to read this one, although it is not one of the better books in the series. It is a pleasant read, but it falls short of being a page-turner. A few people are killed, for no immediately apparent reason, and ultimately it is revealed who did the killing. Throughout the book there remains the question whether the friendship between Charles and Agatha will ever lead to a marriage. The story chugs along without much that amounts to a plot. I would not recommend the book to one who has not read the previous books in the series.


Items of interest

Lost is my Quiet, SACD, amazon.co.uk

Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande, Magdalena Kozena, Christian Gerhaher, Gerald Finley, SACD, amazon.co.uk




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Ancient Civilizations

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The Shepherd’s Holiday

The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy

Sylvia came to live among the shepherds of Arcadia. She and the shepherd Thyrsis are in love. But then she is abducted. Why? What is her true identity? And what is the parentage of Thyrsis, who was found as a child by a shepherd? What will become of Sylvia and Thyrsis when the shepherds are called to entertain the royal court of Arcadia? And what will come of the romantic entanglements of some of the other shepherds and shepherdesses?

Joseph Rutter was a member of Ben Jonson's circle of poets, known for his translation of Corneille's The Cid. The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy enjoyed some popularity in its day. The play was performed about 1634 at the Palace of Whitehall before King Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria, and received public performances at the Cockpit Stage, Drury Lane, London. Professor Felix Emanuel Schelling considered the play “an estimable piece of work not wanting in dramatic power or poetic embellishment.”

Kindle edition

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The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy, Kindle ebook, amazon.co.uk

The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy, Kindle ebook, amazon.ca

The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy (English Edition), Kindle eBook, amazon.de

Paperback

Publication Date: April 26, 2016
ISBN/EAN13: 1532920911 / 9781532920912
Page Count: 152
Binding Type: US Trade Paper
Trim Size: 6″ x 9″
Language: English
Color: Black and White
Related Category: Drama / English

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The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy, paperback, amazon.co.uk

The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy, paperback, amazon.ca

The Shepherd’s Holiday: A Pastoral Tragi-Comedy, Paperback, amazon.de