Harrison Birtwistle

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A Bag of Bagatelles: Piano Works by Birtwistle and Beethoven review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Hodges’s cool virtuosity emphasises the links between two composers of muscular intricacy and resonance

Andrew Clements

12, Nov, 2020 @3:00 PM

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The jury's out on ENO's bold Orpheus-fest
Empty seats force ENO to cut ticket prices, Chris Mason excels on Any Questions, and Dispatches unwraps Amazon

Richard Brooks

10, Nov, 2019 @9:00 AM

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The week in classical: The Mask of Orpheus; Reich/Richter – review
Harrison Birtwistle’s monumental early opera is revived in an epic tussle between myth, meaning, the lustrous and the lurid

Fiona Maddocks

26, Oct, 2019 @11:00 AM

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The Mask of Orpheus review – travesty of a production is nothing to laugh about
It’s been three decades since Harrison Birtwistle’s challenging opera has been staged. Musically this might be excellent, but the gaudy and self-indulgent staging does nothing to illuminate the work’s complexities

Andrew Clements

20, Oct, 2019 @12:12 PM

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HarrisonParrott: 50 Years in a Day review – starry celebration with old-fashioned feel
The classical agency marked its half century with three marathon pick’n’mix-style concerts

Flora Willson

07, Oct, 2019 @12:18 PM

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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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LSO/Rattle review – unexpected connections, irresistible immediacy
This chalk-and-cheese bill of modern titans Stravinsky, Birtwistle and Adams was brought to life with exceptional clarity and precision

Andrew Clements

02, May, 2019 @11:24 AM

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Birtwistle premieres review – explosive duets and fragile beauty
Oliver Knussen conducted, with Birtwistle challenging the astonishing virtuosity of pianists Tamara Stefanovich and Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Andrew Clements

19, Jun, 2018 @2:09 PM

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Staatskapelle Berlin/Barenboim review – magnificent UK Birtwistle premiere
Daniel Barenboim led the peerless German orchestra through two Proms concerts, including a spectacular performance of Harrison Birtwistle’s new work Deep Time

Andrew Clements

17, Jul, 2017 @1:09 PM

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Barenboim, Bernstein and the Berlin Phil: Southbank Centre launches 2017-18 season
The season will see the Queen Elizabeth Hall reopen and visits from Barenboim’s West-East Divan Orchestra and Rattle’s Berlin Philharmonic, while artistic director Jude Kelly spoke of the need for people to ‘bump into’ classical music

Imogen Tilden

26, Jan, 2017 @5:36 PM

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LSO/Rattle; The Last Supper; Written on Skin; La traviata review – the sound of a golden age
Mark-Anthony Turnage led the way in a notable week for British composers

Fiona Maddocks

22, Jan, 2017 @7:30 AM

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The Last Supper review – Birtwistle's enigmatic millennial catchup with Christ
The disciples break bread with Jesus 2,000 years on in an intense drama semi-staged by the BBCSSO – which, like most meals, could have been more balanced

Kate Molleson

15, Jan, 2017 @2:18 PM

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