SHYLOCK, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEDROOM DECOR

Shylock treats an ungrateful, impatient Antonio to a Biblical anecdote which he manages to turn into a parable:‘When Jacob graz’d his uncle Laban’s sheep –This Jacob from our holy Abram was(As his wise mother wrought in his behalf)The third possessor: ay, he was the third –[Antonio: And what of him? did he take interest?]No, not … Continue reading SHYLOCK, AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BEDROOM DECOR

A TASTE OF THE EXOTIC ORIENT (EASTERN HALF)

We have now arrived in China – not the real one, so no Cultural Revolution, Tiananmen, Uighur concentration camps or toxic pangolins. I return to Fritz Kreisler to waft us into the mysterious atmosphere with one of his own little tunes, just right for a 78 rpm record side. Expect sharp tempo changes – normal … Continue reading A TASTE OF THE EXOTIC ORIENT (EASTERN HALF)

A TASTE OF THE EXOTIC ORIENT (WESTERN HALF!)

One of the pleasures of having a collection of recordings distributed amongst many different genres is assembling a thematic programme, either for domestic entertainment or for a public gig by the Sheik of Shellac. This week and next, everything will have an Oriental tinge to it, though that might not be much more than a … Continue reading A TASTE OF THE EXOTIC ORIENT (WESTERN HALF!)