The dinner too was perfect: so hot, thick soup, fried sole, turkey, cream mould (you know the kind of thing) and excellent bonnes bouches
Among the bonnes bouches
on offer in this elegantly produced book, which would have delighted the Welchian fastidiousness, are the first publication of three previously uncollected short pieces of his, a full bibliography of his writings, 61 plates, fifteen of them in colour, and a catalogue of all his known pictures -- except two in my possession -- and illustrations.
There are some delectable 'bonnes bouches
' here: Ravel's 'Introduction and Allegro' and Debussy's 'Danse Sacree et Danse Profane', both featuring the popular CBSO harpist Robert Johnston as soloist; Debussy's orchestrations of two of part-Scotsman Erik Satie's 'Gymnopedies'; and Faure's delicious 'Cantique de Jean Racine', which perhaps came to many people's attention as a result of its recording by the CBSO under Louis Fremaux in the 1970s.
Especial bonnes bouches
are the extraordinarily revelatory hitherto unpublished photographs of the Victorian fratricide, Constance Kent, and that of a prime Jack the Ripper suspect, Michael Ostrog.
Sullivan, Binge, Farnon and Ketelbey (with his exotic demands on the players' vocal capabilities) all contributed delightful bonnes bouches
, but meatier fare came from Eric Coates.
This was certainly a concert of two halves, the second consisting of a sequence of bonnes bouches
from the Strauss brothers which some may have found indigestible as the main fodder of a symphony concert.