Harrison Birtwistle

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Celebrating the singular sound of Harrison Birtwistle’s compositions | Letters
Letters: None of his stuff is pleasant listening, but that’s rather the point, writes Simon Lawton-Smith; Meirion Bowen found him illuminating while Kay Smith was moved by a magical, mystical piece

Letters

22, Apr, 2022 @4:28 PM

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Andrew Clements on Harrison Birtwistle: An utterly distinctive composer who wrote music of delicate beauty | Andrew Clements
Our chief classical critic knew Birtwistle, who died this morning, for more than 40 years. He pays tribute to a musician whose creativity and imagination knew no bounds

Andrew Clements

18, Apr, 2022 @4:39 PM

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Sir Harrison Birtwistle obituary
Composer renowned as a great modernist whose music is imbued with stubborn power and a sense of unreachable mystery

Ivan Hewett

18, Apr, 2022 @2:45 PM

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Composer Harrison Birtwistle dies aged 87
The prolific British composer drew on poetry and folklore for his uncompromising but lyrical music. A Proms’ premiere, Panic, brought him national notoriety

Imogen Tilden

18, Apr, 2022 @2:04 PM

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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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