The London Sinfonietta

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London Sinfonietta/Edmon Colomer – Gerhard’s starry exuberance makes welcome return
Two of the Catalan-composer’s astrological works reminded audiences of his brilliantly-coloured music in a programme that also showcased contemporary Catalan composers

Andrew Clements

02, Dec, 2021 @2:38 PM

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Bluebeard’s Castle review – Bartók’s opera wields devastating power in contrasting performances
Gerald Finley and Susan Bullock are at their best in a disquieting small-scale reimagining for Theatre of Sound; while Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic’s more traditional take is equally sensational

Tim Ashley

07, Nov, 2021 @1:08 PM

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House music: Flora Willson's watching and listening highlights
Our critic enjoys a masterly, socially distanced first night of the Proms, a new series by Opera North made to listen as you walk and a striking Met performance by Lise Davidsen

Flora Willson

31, Aug, 2020 @4:00 PM

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London Sinfonietta review – the haunting charm of Mauricio Kagel
From vampy robotics to a ‘game’ between cellists, this vivid celebration of the late avant-garde composer embraced the remarkable range of his work

Andrew Clements

04, Feb, 2020 @4:14 PM

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Sinfonietta/Fischer review – mystery and awe, from Debussy to Harvey
Using Debussy’s Prélude à l’Après-Midi d’un Faune as a starting point, composers from Varèse to Saariaho furthered its sonority and spectralism

Tim Ashley

23, Jan, 2020 @3:38 PM

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London Sinfonietta/Baker review – Tansy Davies' distinctive music lingers
The raw intensity of Davies’ writing was perfectly captured in this concert that also showcased impressive works by Naomi Pinnock and Clara Iannotta

Andrew Clements

11, Nov, 2019 @1:47 PM

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The Garden review – Sinfonietta bring Richard Ayres's surreal work to vivid life
Diverse, discursive and impossibly dense, Ayres’s picaresque tale is dramatically uneven but was performed with virtuoso flair

Andrew Clements

18, Apr, 2019 @12:00 PM

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New Work New Music review – Royal Ballet's short works are a step in the right direction
From Aletta Collins’ refreshing abstraction to Calvin Richardson’s human piñatas, these new works are just what the Royal should be doing right now

Lyndsey Winship

07, Feb, 2019 @12:16 PM

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The week in classical: Porgy and Bess; ETO triple bill; Passion review – from Catfish Row to Carthage
ENO’s first ever Porgy and Bess is a resounding triumph. Elsewhere, a harmonious triple bill and a seamless fusion of dance, music and myth

Fiona Maddocks

20, Oct, 2018 @1:00 PM

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London Sinfonietta/George Benjamin review – austere first world war meditation
Benjamin conducts four new pieces with care and intensity but comes into his own with works of ritual mourning by Stravinsky and Messiaen

Tim Ashley

23, Jul, 2018 @10:30 AM

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The Gender Agenda review – Venables' feeble musical gameshow parody
Composer Philip Venables’ fatally unfunny work for the London Sinfonietta needs radical reworking

Andrew Clements

15, Apr, 2018 @12:05 PM

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The week in classical: London Sinfonietta 50th anniversary concert; Britten Sinfonia - review
The London Sinfonietta celebrated its half century at a composer-packed Royal Festival Hall. Britten Sinfonia has reasons to cheer too…

Fiona Maddocks

28, Jan, 2018 @7:30 AM

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