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LSO St Luke’s, LondonArve Henriksen and Ståle Storløkke curb their wilder inclinations for Andrew Smith’s choral reflection on the Utøya massacre Liverpool-born composer and choirmaster Andrew Smith was within earshot of Anders Breivik‘s car bomb on 22 July 2011, and watched the subsequent news unfold that day as a stunned citizen of his adopted Norway. […]
Milton Court, LondonA fascinating journey towards Britten’s 1943 Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings sampled 11 works – including a premiere by Judith Weir Jointly devised by the Britten Sinfonia and Pekka Kuusisto, as well as directed by the charismatic Finnish violinist, the ensemble’s programme reached its apogee in a performance of Britten’s Serenade for […]
Barbican, LondonThe BBCSO’s choice of Britten’s Suffolk-village comedy as its centenary swansong was safe, but enthusiastically received Would Albert Herring be any Britten fan’s desert-island opera? It seemed a lightweight choice in some ways for the close of the BBCSO’s Britten centenary celebrations: his gently acerbic Suffolk-village comedy may show an extremely skilful opera composer […]
Bridgewater Hall, ManchesterMark Elder gave this Verdi celebration a richly detailed and warmly human treatment, with stellar singing and choral accompaniment all around Conducted by Mark Elder, the Hallé‘s glorious Verdi bicentenary concert focused on the composer’s relationship with Arrigo Boito, the last and finest of his librettists. The programme judiciously and extensively surveyed their […]
The choreographer Arturo Vidich, collaborating with Maximilian Balduzzi, employed novel contraptions and effects in his piece at the Abrons Arts Center on Friday.