Snape Maltings

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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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The week in classical: Britten weekend; Oxford lieder festival review – Britten and Europe on song
The composer’s string quartets are brilliantly illuminated by a fab four and guests. And a passing soprano saves the day

Fiona Maddocks

27, Oct, 2018 @1:59 PM

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Walking in Benjamin Britten's footsteps, Suffolk
Simon Jenkins walks from the Snape Maltings concert hall to Aldeburgh beach, under the vast skies and through the marshland that so inspired the composer

Simon Jenkins

22, Sep, 2018 @8:00 AM

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Mahler Chamber Orchestra/Kopatchinskaja review – explosive chemistry, with time travel
Violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja teamed up with the MCO for two riveting concerts that sought to demystify contemporary music by invoking the past

Rian Evans

24, Jun, 2018 @3:01 PM

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