It’s an entertaining read. Absorbing. It transports me to another world. It tells a story without clobbering me over the head with academic analysis. It offers a handy overview I didn’t realise I didn’t already have. It also provides a much-needed haven from the usual starting points I run to when digging out information about composers.
This semi-final sees another potential for me – Russia’s Ivan Bessonov – and a change to my predicted finalists. I’ll publish a list of my predictions in the notes from the sixth semi-final.