Benjamin Britten

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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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Solitude review | Erica Jeal's classical album of the month
Singer James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook explore aspects of being alone with composers including Purcell and Schubert on a powerful, poised album

Erica Jeal

09, Jul, 2020 @2:00 PM

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LSO/Pappano review - intense and unsparing emotional directness
A programme of Britten and Vaughan Williams was played with a gathering ferocity, though a glimmer of hope shone through

Tim Ashley

16, Mar, 2020 @5:48 PM

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Barry Tuckwell obituary | Barry Millington
Horn player who recorded prolifically and was considered the finest of his generation

Barry Millington

24, Jan, 2020 @6:03 PM

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Peter Grimes review - electrifying performance of visceral power
Ed Gardner and the Bergen Philharmonic’s semi-staging of Britten’s opera combined rich, precise playing and superb singing

Tim Ashley

02, Dec, 2019 @11:37 AM

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Death in Venice review – Britten's opera dazzles and glows
Mark Padmore’s impressive central performance powers David McVicar’s luxurious if earthbound revival of Britten’s final opera

Erica Jeal

22, Nov, 2019 @1:00 PM

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Rita Thomson obituary
Other lives: Nurse who dedicated herself to looking after the composer Benjamin Britten in the last few years of his life

Colin Matthews

03, Nov, 2019 @5:55 PM

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