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Gawain review fully restored, pointlessly staged, superbly performed version of Birtwistle's fourth opera
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Barbican, LondonThe unexpurgated version of Harrison Birtwistle’s opera, kicking off the Barbican’s 80th-birthday season for the composer, let its magnificent singers down with a superfluous staging There are celebrations to come later in the year at the Proms and at the Southbank Centre, but the Barbican has got in first with its five-concert tribute to […]

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Down By the Greenwood Side review Birtwistle's opera disturbs as much as it entertains
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Harvey’s Depot, LewesHarrison Birtwistle’s 1969 opera returns to the Brighton festival as part of his 80th birthday celebrations, and much of its aggressive unpredictability remains Premiered on the West Pier during the 1969 Brighton festival, Harrison Birtwistle‘s early music-theatre piece returns for this year’s event as part of the celebrations surrounding the composer’s 80th birthday. This time […]

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