Geoffrey Hosking

The Paths of History by Igor M. Diakonoff, Geoffrey Hosking (Introduction)  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Alexpal at May 29, 2009
The Paths of History by Igor M. Diakonoff, Geoffrey Hosking (Introduction)

The Paths of History by Igor M. Diakonoff, Geoffrey Hosking (Introduction)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (September 28, 1999) | ISBN-10: 0521643481 | PDF | 1,3 Mb | 368 pages

This is a broad and ambitious study of the entire history of humanity that takes as its point of departure Marx's theory of social evolution. Professor Diakonoff's theory of world history differs from Marx's in a number of ways. First, he has expanded Marx's five stages of development to eight. Second, he denies that social evolution necessarily implies progress and shows how "each progress is simultaneously a regress," and third, he demonstrates that the transition from one stage to another is not necessarily marked by social conflict and that sometimes this is achieved peacefully and gracefully. As the book moves through these various stages, the reader is drawn into a remarkable and thought-provoking study of the process of the history of the human race that focuses on the wide range of factors (economic, social, military-technological, and socio-pyschological) that have influenced our development from palaeolithic times to the present day.

Igor M. Diakonoff, Geoffrey Hosking, "The Paths of History"  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by Alexpal at Jan. 12, 2006

Igor M. Diakonoff, Geoffrey Hosking, "The Paths of History"
Cambridge University Press | ISBN 0521643988 | 1999 Year | PDF | 1,17 Mb | 368 Pages
Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, David Parry - A Hundred Years of Italian Opera (1820-1830) (1995)
EAC | FLAC (image+.cue, log) | Covers Included | 03:42:15 | 1 Gb
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Opera Rara | Catalog: ORCH104

The "100 Years of Italian Opera" series released by Opera Rara is unique in the annals of opera recordings. However, this installment is especially exciting as it documents the evolution of Italian opera during the 1820's, the decade when romanticism truly began to come into its own on the operatic stage. Opera Rara has lovingly compiled a variety of arcana written by composers famous and forgotten. Included is everything from overtures to arias, duets, ensembles, and entire scenes.
Geoffrey Tozer, LPO, Neeme Jarvi - Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3; Symphony No.7 (1993)

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No.3; Symphony No.7 (1993)
Geoffrey Tozer, piano; The London Philharmonic; Neeme Järvi, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 255 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9130 | Time: 00:57:22

The Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 3 is rarely heard, though it is a finely crafted work worth greater attention. It has suffered alongside the magnificent and superior Second and the ever-popular First. Moreover, it is not a bona fide concerto at all, the composer having completed only the first movement before his sudden death in 1893. Contrary to the suggestion of a few, it is highly unlikely he intended to produce a one-movement concerto. Tchaikovsky wrote two other piano pieces the same year bearing the titles "Andante" and "Finale," respectively. Following his death, Taneyev orchestrated these and attached them to the Concerto, though Tchaikovsky had left no indication they were to be a part of it. But the pair did share something in common with the completed first movement: a theme source – the incomplete Symphony No. 7. In any event, the opening movement of this Concerto is the most compelling, featuring an exuberant main theme whose first two notes are the central melodic element. An attractive slow melody is soon presented, followed by a theme of great vivacity and rhythmic drive.
Geoffrey Douglas Madge - Kaikhosru Sorabji: Opus Clavicembalisticum (1983) Remastered 1999, 5CD Box Set

Geoffrey Douglas Madge - Kaikhosru Sorabji: Opus Clavicembalisticum (1983)
Remastered 1999, 5CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 949 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 552 Mb | Scans ~ 72 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-CD-1062/1064 | Time: 03:59:13

A work with a name like this can only be unusual. The opus in question is a three-part solo piano epic, lasting a shade under four hours and of a complexity to match. Combine an all-night raga sequence with Bach's Art of Fugue and you're getting close. Is it worth the listen? Yes, if you want to give your heart and mind–not just your brain–a real workout. For all his outsize demands, Sorabji was a front-rank pianist, who understood technique as a physical end to spiritual means. There are stretches of manic complexity here, but also passages of real poetry: try the lengthy "Interludium primum" which opens Part 2, or many of the 81(!) variations which follow the magisterial "Passacaglia" in Part 3. It's music which cries out for transcendental virtuosity, and Geoffrey Douglas Madge gives it just that. He gave four performances over six years and this Chicago one from 1983 assumed mythic status among those who heard it. Remastered for CD release, it is awe-inspiring in its grasp of what's gone into this music: the audience clearly living it with the pianist every step of the way. Hear it for yourself, then why not run the marathon or climb Everest for relaxation?
The Randall Harrison Trio featuring Geoffrey Brady & Mark Urness - s/t (2006)

The Randal Harrison Trio featuring Geoffrey Brady & Mark Urness - s/t (2006)
EAC Rip | FLAC with CUE and log | scans | 435 mb
MP3 CBR 320kbps | RAR | 166 mb
Genre: jazz

The Randal Harrison Trio featuring Geoffrey Brady & Mark Urness is the 2006 album by The Randal Harrison Trio featuring Geoffrey Brady & Mark Urness. The trio is Harrison, Geoffrey Brady and Mark Urness plus special guests Geoffrey Brady and Mary Urness. It is a String Thing, the string in reference to his violin and "chin cello".
Geoffrey Tozer, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Downes - Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)

Ottorino Respighi: Belfagor Overture; Toccata; Tre Corali; Fantasia slava (1994)
Geoffrey Tozer, piano; BBC Philharmonic; Sir Edward Downes, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 197 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9311 | Time: 00:59:49

Respighi’s colourful music could have been written with the clear, full-bodied Chandos sound in mind. Following on from where Geoffrey Simon began for the label in the Eighties, Edward Downes is now exploring the more symphonic side of Respighi’s output, showing there is more to him than the Roman trilogy (if not that much, qualitatively). The present disc includes two of his four concertante works for piano and orchestra, the extended Toccata (according to Tozer’s booklet note, the longest such work in existence) and the quirky Slavonic Rhapsody, with its humorous sideswipe at Dvorák. More characteristic of Respighi is the concert overture derived from his opera Belfagor, about the exploits of a Till Eulenspiegel/Don Juan figure, portrayed with suitably colourful sound-painting. All these, together with the Bachian Three Chorales, are played with marvellous verve and commitment – the BBC PO under Downes has a way with this out-of-the-way repertoire that few can equal. The sound quality on this disc is nothing short of stunning.

Trust: A History  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by nebulae at April 9, 2017
Trust: A History

Geoffrey Hosking, "Trust: A History"
English | ISBN: 0198712383 | 2014 | 340 pages | PDF conv | 1 MB

Russian History: A Very Short Introduction  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by tarantoga at Aug. 24, 2014
Russian History: A Very Short Introduction

Geoffrey Hosking, "Russian History: A Very Short Introduction"
ISBN: 0199580987 | 2012 | EPUB/MOBI | 176 pages | 516 KB/623 KB

Russia: The Wild East  eBooks & eLearning

Posted by robin-bobin at May 21, 2011
Russia: The Wild East

Russia: The Wild East 'The Rise and Fall of the Soviets' (BBC Audio) by Martin Sixsmith
Historical Consultant: Professor Geoffrey Hosking | Producers: Adam Fowler & Anna Scott-Brown | A Ladbroke Production for BBC Radio 4.
Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (4 Aug 2011) | ISBN: 1408468530 ; 1408468522 | Language English | Audio CD in MP3 / 128 kbps | 340 MB

"Russia: the Early Histories (Title Tbc)".