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Constant Lambert

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Lloyd is the first biographer to tell the full unexpurgated story. MUSIC AND LETTERS Terrific. THE GUARDIAN BOOKS OF THE YEAR Intensely researched ... Lloyd covers every aspect of the man's life ... there is scarcely a dull page throughout the book. [Five stars] CLASSICAL MUSIC A model of meticulous scholarship, as authoritative as it is compendious. ... The result is both majestic and moving. THE GUARDIAN This magisterial book is the best possible case for a Lambert revival. No Lambert enthusiast should miss it. GRAMOPHONE This magnificent book is a wholly remarkable achievement ... This book is more than valuable, appearing at a time when one had begun to imagine that studies of this importance and quality were in serious danger of dying out. Stephen Lloyd has restored this reader's faith in British musical scholarship and the publishers equally deserve our praise for the distinguished manner in which this book is presented. MUSICAL OPINION [A] monumental new biography ... a superb resource, thoroughly researched and rich in appendices. DANCING TIMES A revelation ... well researched and well written ... this fine biography enables us to put Lambert's life and achievements objectively in context. ELGAR SOCIETY JOURNAL I strongly recommend this book to all to share my fascination for a long-lost era when giants walked the earth ... If Constant Lambert himself is now a somewhat obscure figure to many, this book should bring him into a much clearer focus. RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS SOCIETY JOURNAL Full of great names ... it's a wonderful history of British music at that period. An intriguing and marvellous book ... [with a] tremendous amount of research. BBC RADIO 3, MUSIC MATTERS Fascinating ... This is a very detailed account of a working life ... Stephen Lloyd gives us a satisfying number of letters both to and from Lambert, allowing us a sense of his enchanting voice. THE SPECTATOR Lambert's fascinating, multifaceted personality and Lloyd's informed insights keep us turning the pages. (Four stars out of five.) BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE As close to definitive as a biography can be. Mr Lloyd gets absolutely everything right ... Far more important, Mr. Lloyd makes a compelling case for Mr. Lambert's continuing significance ... I hope it soon finds its way into the hands of a smart orchestral conductor looking for an underappreciated composer to champion. WALL STREET JOURNAL

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