A scholar unafraid of a good turn of phrase is a welcome thing, albeit rare. Dr Bechev is a scholar and has a good turn of phrase. His expertise guides us through what is a thicket of events, dates, underlying trends, and acronyms, but just when, at times, the going becomes difficult a turn of phrase chops through the text and opens up his train of thought. Some of the detail seems unnecessary but is leavened by the occasional anecdote.
David McVicar’s production of Medea is a totally absorbing take on Cherubini’s masterpiece.