Reviews

A Gurkha Remembers

A lifetime in Asia
by JP Cross

‘An excellent and must have CD.’
(Col Mark Dowdle, lately Commander, British Gurkhas Nepal)

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New release from ChromeAudio | A Gurkha Remembers by JP Cross

A Gurkha Remembers is the result of a very special collaboration. My thanks to John Cross for entrusting me with his story and enjoying the adventure.

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Stories from A Book of Liszts

Variations on the theme of Franz Liszt

by John Spurling

Read by Jonathan Keeble and Jilly Bond
Piano – János Balázs
Music recording in collaboration with the Palace of Arts – Budapest

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A series of lively essays built around Liszt’s music

‘John Spurling’s Stories from a Book of Liszts is elegantly conceived and flawlessly performed. . . Spurling applies a highly effective variety of literary styles to his episodic and semi-fictional account of a life that Liszt himself said was “more to be invented than written after the fact”. Each tale is laced with Janos Balazs’ stylish playing of music by Liszt, and the third CD is altogether given over to it, the perfect way of giving us time to appreciate — and chuckle at — Spurling’s ingenious sequence of literary variations on his theme.’ (Christina Hardyment, The Times)

‘Four stories linked by an inspired selection of Liszt’s music recreate periods of his colourful life . . . A most elegant and unusual celebration of the composer whom Wagner called “this colossus”‘. (Rachel Redford, The Oldie)

‘A brilliant combination of words and music . . . ‘ (Choice Magazine)

‘. . . performed . . . with exuberant panache by Jonathan Keeble and Jilly Bond. . . a glorious bonus is that one of the CDs is an uninterrupted concert of the maestro’s music, played by the young, astoundingly brilliant Hungarian pianist János Balázs: Liszt reborn.’ (Sue Gaisford, The Independent on Sunday)

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