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Handel: Solomon

Solomon is regarded as one of Handel’s finest masterpieces, with its beautiful love songs and magnificent choruses. Soloists Sarah Conolly (alto), Susan Gritton, Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Mark Padmo…

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Boccherini: Guitar Quintets 4, 7 & 9

This recording from 1971 has long been one of my favourites. Narciso Yepes is at the top of his game in this lively performance and he gets great support from the Melos Quartet. Also listen for Lucer…

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So Many Nights

Australia’s favourite festival party band return from the studios of Miami with another album sure to get a spin at your summer bashes. Although their third album includes a few more slower numbers (…

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The Singing Tree

What a lovely, unexpected gem of an album! The Singing Tree is a stunning example of talent, patience and excellent musicianship. Layers of slide guitar and piano in a laidback style reminiscent of T…

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The End of America

Thank goodness for voices like Naomi. In her first book, The Beauty Myth, she attacked what she characterised as the exploitation of women by the fashion and beauty industries. Here, Naomi has again …

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Live from the Artist’s Den

From the time I first heard Patty Griffin’s debut album Living with Ghosts in 1996, I have been enraptured with her. I was working at her record company and it seemed that myself and two friends were…

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The Black Tattoo

I used to work with the author of The Black Tattoo, Sam Enthoven, in a London bookshop. He used to regale me with tales of the obscure zombie films and Hong Kong martial arts stars that he was obsess…

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The President’s Last Love

Sergei Pavlovich Bunin, a Ukranian, lives in the futuristic world of 2015 – and is president of the Ukranian Republic. Some weird things are going on in his life: his heart transplant is causing odd …

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Playground

A lovely second album from the dynamic drummer from Sting and Jan Garbarek’s bands/ This time Katche dispenses with the services of Garbarek and Tomasz Stanko, who contributed so memorably to Neighbo

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The Lost Dog

Guest Review

Tom Loxley is an academic, wrestling with writing the final chapter of his book, Meddlesome Ghosts: Henry James and the Uncanny, when his dog goes missing. The novel charts the next ten…

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