Hungary is in the process of abandoning the trappings of its Communist past, while attempting to preserve its culture from creeping Americanisation and globalised blandness. The author is glad to find that certain old-fashioned attitudes of courtesy and overall decency are still deeply ingrained in Hungarian society. Music, dance and song play an important part in Hungarian culture, which in so many ways reflects the country's geographical position as a crossroads of Central Europe. There is a true sense of otherness here, in spite of Hungary's geographical closeness to us.
Throughout his 20-year career as a counter-tenor, Nicholas Clapton has been particularly involved in performing the virtuoso repertoire of the castrati. A professor of Singing at the Royal Academy of Music, this biography of Moreschi, who he has already played on stage, was his first book. He followed this with this homage to his second home, Budapest, where he teaches at the Liszt Music Academy.
'Nicholas Clapton first visited Budapest in 1996, since when he has obviously had an ongoing love affair with Hungary, its culture and its people. This clearly shines through in his work and it is a pleasure to read his well-crafted text driven by enthusiasm.' - Bob Dent The Budapest Times 2009-11-25