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Aldeburgh festival review – Gavin Higgins’ Faerie Bride brings otherworldly aura to Aldeburgh
Based on the Lady of the Lake, Higgins’ new cantata was lyrical and highly atmospheric, while Graham Fitkin’s works for two pianos were scintillatingly energetic

Rian Evans

19, Jun, 2022 @4:33 PM

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Violet review – Coult’s debut opera opens Aldeburgh with assurance
Alice Birch’s elliptical story of a wife finding freedom as society disintegrates is opaque but Tom Coult’s confident and varied score gives the work power

Andrew Clements

05, Jun, 2022 @2:13 PM

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‘I like being a maker of wonderful things’: composer Tom Coult on his opera Violet
With a libretto by Alice Birch, who adapted Normal People, this Aldeburgh festival opener revolves around a collapsing world. Apt, given that – with the pandemic – its creators didn’t know it would ever make the stage

Erica Jeal

26, May, 2022 @5:31 PM

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Allan Clayton; Juliet Fraser review – Britten proves indigestible, but Fraser’s Feldman is a tour de force
Britten’s five Canticles were a mixed blessing, but To and Fro in Shadow’s pairing of Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman was exquisite

Andrew Clements

15, Jun, 2021 @2:56 PM

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From Adès’ angel to Verdi’s fat knight: what to see as classical and opera venues reopen
Live music is back across the UK; we pick ten events to brighten the coming months

Andrew Clements

14, May, 2021 @3:42 PM

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Lyric Solitude review – imaginative and immaculate
English Touring Opera’s new live season features three programmes of 20th-century pieces, each with a single singer and piano accompaniment

Andrew Clements

27, Oct, 2020 @11:04 AM

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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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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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Doorstep recitals and bespoke gigs: how classical music is adapting to the new normal
With live shows yet to return, British performers are offering an on-demand jukebox, culture clinics and even a ‘coronasolfège’ to keep the industry going

Flora Willson

06, Aug, 2020 @3:21 PM

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Rebels with a cause: the friendship of Britten and Shostakovich
The two composers were separated by the Iron Curtain and language but united by their art and their deep admiration for each others’ music. A new bi-cultural orchestra inspired by their friendship pays tribute to their common cause

Elizabeth Wilson

11, Sep, 2019 @9:11 AM

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The week in classical: Hansel and Gretel; Fantasio; The Sea, The Sea – review
The fear is palpable in Regent’s Park’s magical, pared down Hansel and Gretel, while an Offenbach rarity has its moment

Fiona Maddocks

22, Jun, 2019 @11:00 AM

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The Hunting Gun review – luminous vocals and intense drama
This spare UK premiere of Thomas Larcher’s dreamlike new opera featured wonderful conducting by Ryan Wigglesworth and striking ensemble work

Andrew Clements

09, Jun, 2019 @12:41 PM

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