And despite their small internal scale, they never give a feeling of bittiness
or craftsmanly meticulousness.
The final chapter suffers from a certain bittiness
which is only partly due to its being based on a lecture.
The cart loads of footnotes and what I take to be autobiographical excerpts from the author add to the general bittiness
of this curate's egg of a book.
Though there were patches in the outer movements which sounded studiedly inhibited, resulting in suspicions of an episodic bittiness
in Prokofiev's intuitive structure, the central movement's reverie was captivatingly given -Douglas Boyd's orchestra building a momentum of almost balletic point to support Marwood's singing line.
The CBSO accompanies with style under Yves Abel, but one is left with an impression of decided bittiness
to the whole concept.