George Benjamin

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The week in classical: Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin; Tosca – review
The only international orchestra at this year’s Proms dazzle in a world premiere dedicated to them. And Puccini and chips with English National Opera

Fiona Maddocks

04, Sep, 2021 @11:30 AM

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Mahler CO/Benjamin/Aimard review – intricate textures and the sparkle of cut glass
George Benjamin conducted the belated premiere of his Concerto for Orchestra, part of a programme that also celebrated his friendship with the late Oliver Knussen

Andrew Clements

31, Aug, 2021 @12:07 PM

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Philharmonia/Benjamin review - a sensual and spare birthday concert
In this belated birthday celebration, George Benjamin’s programme included his own music plus a sombre memorial to his late friend Oliver Knussen

Andrew Clements

08, Mar, 2020 @10:52 AM

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The best classical music works of the 21st century
Over the coming week, the Guardian will select the greatest culture since 2000, carefully compiled by critics and editors. We begin with a countdown of defining classical music compositions, from X-rated opera to high-tech string quartets

Andrew Clements, Fiona Maddocks. John Lewis, Kate Molleson, Tom Service, Erica Jeal and Tim Ashley

12, Sep, 2019 @4:20 PM

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Queens and aces: the best classical music of 2019
There’s a year-long celebration of female composers, a brand new festival of contemporary music – and it’s birthday time for Berlioz

Andrew Clements

01, Jan, 2019 @3:01 PM

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Home listening: a good week for Carolyn Sampson – and Handel
The soprano excels on new recordings by the Dunedin and King’s Consorts. Plus, George Benjamin on BBC TV

Nicholas Kenyon

29, Oct, 2018 @11:30 AM

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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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Lessons in Love and Violence review – a bolder, angrier, more tender George Benjamin
The transgressive love between Edward II and his courtier takes hold in George Benjamin’s rich, dark new opera

Fiona Maddocks

19, May, 2018 @5:00 PM

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Home listening: the tricky business of the piano trio
Fine new releases from Trio Wanderer and the Gould Piano Trio. Elsewhere, George Benjamin and Martin Crimp don’t quite reveal all

Nicholas Kenyon

12, May, 2018 @1:00 PM

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Lessons in Love and Violence review – soaring tale of a brutal royal downfall
George Benjamin’s modern-day retelling of Edward II’s demise is a bleak, lustrous opera that places a gay love story it its centre

Andrew Clements

11, May, 2018 @11:25 AM

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Written on Skin review – spare staging highlights richness of Benjamin's opera
The Melos Sinfonia’s thrilling concert performance of George Benjamin’s intense, horrifying work was often more dramatic than full productions

Andrew Clements

22, Oct, 2017 @12:52 PM

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Dowland: Lachrymae; Benjamin: Upon Silence CD review – mesmeric songs for viols and lute

Erica Jeal

10, Aug, 2017 @2:15 PM

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