Benjamin Britten

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Awakening Shadow review – chamber opera adds up to less than the sum of its parts
The five singers acquit themselves well but Luke Styles’s new work built around Britten’s Canticles fails to convince

Andrew Clements

06, Jul, 2021 @12:55 PM

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Summer at Snape review – spark, coherence and variety
The Aldeburgh festival in another guise delivered some memorable premieres, with the music of its founder ever present

Fiona Maddocks

03, Jul, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Allan Clayton; Juliet Fraser review – Britten proves indigestible, but Fraser’s Feldman is a tour de force
Britten’s five Canticles were a mixed blessing, but To and Fro in Shadow’s pairing of Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman was exquisite

Andrew Clements

15, Jun, 2021 @2:56 PM

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Steuart Bedford obituary
Conductor acclaimed for his insightful interpretations of Benjamin Britten’s work

Barry Millington

21, Feb, 2021 @3:51 PM

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Osian Ellis obituary
Versatile Welsh harpist closely associated with the music of Benjamin Britten

John Amis

03, Feb, 2021 @4:16 PM

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The Turn of the Screw review – OperaGlass Works make a brilliantly creepy virtue out of necessity
A staging of Britten’s opera has been reimagined as a very effective film, with superb performances, and John Wilson alert to the score’s beauty and terror

Tim Ashley

30, Jan, 2021 @7:00 PM

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Feline groovy: cats in classical music – 10 of the best
From a medieval monk’s tribute to Henze’s cat-opera and Ravel’s erotic yowling, music celebrates the feline like no other animal. Here are 10 of the best, with not even a whisker of a certain musical...

Oliver Soden

31, Dec, 2020 @7:00 AM

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4/4 review – a powerhouse of a programme from the Royal Opera
A quartet of staged vocal works, including terrific renditions of Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and Britten’s Phaedra, welcomes back live audiences

Tim Ashley

18, Oct, 2020 @1:00 PM

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Britten: where to start with his music
The man who put British opera on an international stage and changed the UK’s musical map for ever, his pacifism and his sense of being an outsider inspired much of his most memorable writing

Erica Jeal

16, Sep, 2020 @4:09 PM

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Peter Grimes review | Erica Jeal's classical album of the week
Britten’s opera sounds huge and thrilling in a nuanced recording with sparkling interplay between singers and orchestra – it’s rarely sounded better

Erica Jeal

03, Sep, 2020 @2:00 PM

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LPO/Pappano review – wonderful warmth and magical moments
A group of just 22 socially distanced string players found a wealth of detail in a programme that included Britten and Schoenberg

Andrew Clements

30, Aug, 2020 @5:16 PM

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Julian Bream, British classical guitarist, dies aged 87
Bream helped cement the guitar in the classical tradition with composers including Britten and Arnold writing for him

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

14, Aug, 2020 @10:19 AM

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