Category Archives: Music

Winter Journey

Last Saturday, in ‘CD Review’ on BBC Radio 3, they discussed and played extracts from various new recordings of Schubert song cycles, of which the least satisfactory (in my view) was a Winterreise by a counter-tenor. Not the strangeness of … Continue reading

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How to Wassail Correctly

Fortuitously, wassailing was the subject of the ‘Early Music Show’ in BBC Radio 3 on 28 December, so I have benefited from the wisdom of Lucie Skeaping and others as well as that of the estimable William Husk, editor of … Continue reading

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The Boar’s Head

I’ve already mentioned this year’s Christmas offering from the Cambridge Library Collection: Songs of the Nativity, compiled by William Henry Husk and published in 1864. The first of the secular carols (described as ‘Festive Carols and Songs’) in the book … Continue reading

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Songs of the Nativity

Last year, we reissued the delightful Some Ancient Christmas Carols, compiled by Davies Gilbert, P.R.S., and first published in 1822. Our Christmas offering this year is a later compilation, the 1864 Songs of the Nativity, edited by Henry Husk. And … Continue reading

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A List of Books Published in 1814

There’s been a general re-examination this year of the monumental events of 1914, but I thought I’d go back another century and see what was published in 1814 – at the time of  the realignment of European politics, borders and … Continue reading

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