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The Island Imagined by the Sea: A History of Bull Island By Kieran McNallyLiffey Press, Euro 16.95

13th July, 2014

*By John Eliot GardinerPenguin, Euro 14*

In his day, Johann Sebastian Bach was regarded as a skilled organist, but a rather ordinary composer. It was only in the 19th century that that began to change. If Bach's music was glorious, a byword for baroque beauty, the man himself was much less remarkable than his work.

This is one of the contradictions that John Eliot Gardiner raises in his biography. This is a book that Gardiner is...

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