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Trio Apaches

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Saint-Saëns Piano Trio No 1 in F major Op 18
Debussy arr Sally Beamish La Mer
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Matthew Trusler violin Thomas Carroll cello Ashley Wass piano

TRIO APACHES

A great concert this afternoon in Wivenhoe, Essex. Starting with Charlie Price playing a Berio clarinet piece. Charlie is a 16 year old from my old school, Colchester Royal Grammar (I was there 1959-1966). This piece – described by ‘Orlando’ of the Roman River Festival – is ‘experimental’. If this was an experiment, its perfect playing made it a classic work. It FELT just right, pre-destined.

The Trio Apaches themselves or rather itself began with the Beamish new work. The telepathic timing of the opening of cello and piano was ominously tuned for our dark times and eventually I was constructively maddened by the visionary gestalt. A spent Brexit in various movements, with honest hope of healing. I loved it.
The Debussy transcription of La Mer was spoilt by clapping after the first movement. But an intrinsic new chamber classic worthy of the status of the Ravel Piano Trio.
The Saint Saens sounded as if I should know it. And I probably do in some other life. It was deliciously Proustian, with Charlus embodied in the last movement. The puckish violinist reminded me of Vinteuil from that great Proust novel, where it is rumoured that Camille Saint Saens was also the composer involved.
Concert ended excitingly with a transcription of the Lone Ranger theme.

New Fears

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Edited by Mark Morris

Titan Books 2017

When I review this anthology, my thoughts will appear in the comments stream below… (My reviewing queue of purchased publications is growing longer and I don’t expect to catch up until November).

THE BOGGLE HOLE – Alison Littlewood
SHEPHERDS’ BUSINESS – Stephen Gallagher
NO GOOD DEED – Angela Slatter
THE FAMILY CAR – Brady Golden
FOUR ABSTRACTS – Nina Allan
SHELTERED IN PLACE – Brian Keene
THE FOLD IN THE HEART – Chaz Brenchley
DEPARTURES – AK Benedict
THE SALTER COLLECTION – Brian Lillie
SPEAKING STILL – Ramsey Campbell
THE EYES ARE WHITE AND QUIET – Carole Johnstone
THE EMBARRASSMENT OF DEAD GRANDMOTHERS – Sarah Lotz
EUMENIDES (THE BENEVOLENT LADIES) – Adam Nevill
ROUNDABOUT – Muriel Gray
THE HOUSE OF THE HEAD – Josh Malerman
SUCCULENTS – Conrad Williams
DOLLIES – Kathryn Ptacek
THE ABDUCTION DOOR – Christopher Golden
THE SWAN DIVE – Stephen Laws

Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction #60

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Stories: “The Lost Testament” by Rafe McGregor, “Turning Point” by Nicki Robson, “Yttrium, Part One” by Douglas Thompson, “Amongst the Urlap” by Andrew Peters, and “Doggerland” by Jule Owen

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Black Static #60

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Fiction by Carole Johnstone, Tim Lees, Ray Cluley, Stephen Hargadon.

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Interzone #272

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Fiction by Aliya Whiteley, Paul Jessup, T.R. Napper, Erica L. Satifka

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