Britten in Pictures (Paperback)Lucy Walker (author)
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 1262 g
Dimensions: 220 x 220 x 20 mm
Superbly laid out spreads of photographs from premieres of Britten's stage works ... Britten in Pictures is sure to delight its intended audience, that of the music lover. * MUSIC AND LETTERS, January 2014 *
Walker has worked diligently on telling the full story of Britten's life throughout pictures [...] Walker's superb collation of this visual material will prove indispensable during the centenary year and beyond. * CLASSICAL MUSIC *
Given that no biography ever contains enough illustrations, Lucy Walker's Britten in Pictures [...] is especially welcome [...] A fascinating essay by Christopher Grogan analyses the way Britten presented himself in photographs and paintings, and the book also includes pictures of opera sets, costume designs, photographs of manuscripts and - most touchingly - some of the letters Britten and Pears wrote to each other. * DAILY TELEGRAPH *
Britten was uncomfortable in front of a camera, at best hiding his true self behind an 'enigmatic smile'. [...] but [these pictures] reveal a more relaxed, happier man to set against the tense, darkly troubled persona suggested by many of his later works. * BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE *
[O]ne need go no further than Lucy Walker's handsome compilation to get the essence of this composer, his life, and his works. Highly Recommended. * THE DELIAN *
A unique and highly recommended body of captioned images, 'Britten in Pictures' will be of special interest to his legions of fans and students of his life and accomplishments. * MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW *
Every Britten lover will want to own this sumptuous book. * STRINGENDO *
For anyone interested in Britten an essential buy, with much to discover. * BMS NEWS *
[A] truly magnificent collection of hundreds of images in color and black and white from the composer's childhood to a poignant chapter on the events immediately after his death, and in his memory. [...] Britten in Pictures is a vibrant and colorful addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in understanding the music and musicianship of Britten in his centenary year. * CLASSICAL.NET *
This collection is a must-buy for all devotees of one of the greatest composers of the last century. * MUSIC.WEB.INTERNATIONAL *
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“Fascinating glimpse into the life of one of our greatest composers”
This is a wonderful book with a fantastic array of photographs of Britten and his circle, many of which I had never seen before. Reproduced in high quality and highly recommended.
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