from Thursday, May1st of the year2008.
I know I would just plotz if Ian Bostridge ever had my name in his mouth. He just wrote this very nice article in the Times of London in which he expands on some of the ideas in Alex Ross’s amazing The Rest is Noise. Something I like about Alex’s book is that everybody has her own sense of what the “heart of the book” is. For some, like Bostridge, the “moral tale about music and power, occupy the central chapters of the book and inform much of the rest of it,” for others, like me, it’s all about Benjamin Britten!
How great are English people’s biographies when they include names like “Lucasta Miller” and “Julius Drake?”
Here he is, singing Ivor Gurney’s delicious song Sleep, from the English Songbook CD. Click here to see Gurney’s really beautifully engraved gravestone.
Ian Bostridge & Julius Drake
Ivor Gurney Sleep from The English Songbook
Sleep, from Five Elizabethan Songs
John Fletcher (1579-1625)
Come, Sleep, and with thy sweet deceiving
Lock me in delight awhile;
Let some pleasing dream beguile
All my fancies; that from thence
I may feel an influence
All my powers of care bereaving!
Though but a shadow, but a sliding,
Let me know some little joy!
We that suffer long annoy
Are contented with a thought
Through an idle fancy wrought:
O let my joys have some abiding
O let my joys have some abiding.
Lesbos called and they would like their intellectual property back. “The Homosexual and Lesbian Community of Greece could not be reached for comment” is also my favorite thing. What did they do, send them a mass mailing?