Britten Sinfonia

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Dvorak: Poetic Tone Pictures review | classical album of the week
Dvořák’s collection of miniatures is surprisingly little known. This enchanting new recording reveals a composer fascinated by the small complexities of the world around him

Erica Jeal

17, Nov, 2022 @3:00 PM

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Thrilled, relieved, perplexed: three Arts Council funding verdicts
In our second set of case studies exploring the impact of Arts Council England’s new funding decisions, we hear from Balbir Singh Dance Company, Britten Sinfonia and Little Bulb

Chris Wiegand, Imogen Tilden and Harriet Sherwood

14, Nov, 2022 @10:52 AM

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The week in classical: Don Pasquale; Holst’s Sāvitri
The charms of Donizetti’s comic opera continue to elude, while a Holst rarity shines in an elegant fusion of music and movement

Fiona Maddocks

07, May, 2022 @11:30 AM

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Britten Sinfonia/Elder review – Holst’s Indian gem takes centre stage
Savitri was given a rare outing in a concert that framed Holst’s Indian opera with works by Grace Williams and Britten, and closed with a boundary-crossing fusion that Holst would have relished

Andrew Clements

05, May, 2022 @2:29 PM

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Amazônia in concert review – bringing the sights and sounds of the Amazon to life
Sebastião Salgado’s photographs of the rainforest combined with music with Amazonian connections in this powerful and moving concert featuring the Britten Sinfonia under Simone Menezes

Andrew Clements

15, Oct, 2021 @10:49 AM

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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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Thomas Adès at 50 review – something old and something new in superb birthday celebration
Barbican, London
The composer’s Shanty – Over the Sea, given its UK premiere by the Britten Sinfonia, is captivating and evocative

Tim Ashley

11, Jun, 2021 @11:08 AM

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Shabaka Hutchings/Britten Sinfonia/Paterson review - tangible exhilaration
A leading light of London’s jazz scene gave an extraordinary demonstration of his clarinet expertise, adding nuance to Copland and Stravinsky

Erica Jeal

19, Nov, 2020 @1:15 PM

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Bryn Terfel/Britten Sinfonia review – deep, unaffected sincerity
With works by Bach, Gerald Finzi and Ivor Novello – plus a warming Christmas carol – this concert confirmed music’s power to console in troubled times

Tim Ashley

05, Oct, 2020 @2:51 PM

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Ada Lovelace: Imagining the Analytical Engine review – where rhythms meet algorithms
A tribute to the 19th-century computing pioneer revealed some fascinating processes, but the music was less rewarding

Erica Jeal

03, Nov, 2019 @12:15 PM

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Reich/Richter review – two artists with the power to disrupt time and space
An ever-shifting new composition by Steve Reich is set to a Rorschach-like new film by Gerhard Richter, with wonderfully disorientating, hypnotic results

John Lewis

24, Oct, 2019 @11:05 AM

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The Sixteen/Britten Sinfonia review – MacMillan's mysticism misses its mark
There was impeccable singing and playing, but James MacMillan’s substantial new works disappointed

Erica Jeal

16, Oct, 2019 @10:01 AM

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