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Composer: Barry, Gerald (b. 1952)

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Year of birth1952
Period20th century
March 2018
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LondonLondon Philharmonic Orchestra: Perséphone

London Philharmonic Orchestra: Perséphone
Adès, Barry, Stravinsky
London Philharmonic Orchestra; Thomas Adès; Thomas Trotter; Toby Spence; London Philharmonic Choir; Trinity Boys Choir

Saffron WaldenBritten Sinfonia: Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 4 & 5)

Britten Sinfonia: Beethoven Symphony Cycle (Nos 4 & 5)
Barry, Beethoven
Britten Sinfonia; Thomas Adès; Nicolas Hodges

Saffron WaldenBritten Sinfonia: Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No. 6)

Barry, Beethoven
Thomas Adès; Joshua Bloom

LondonBritten Sinfonia: Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No 6)

Britten Sinfonia: Beethoven Symphony Cycle (No 6)
Barry, Beethoven
Thomas Adès; Joshua Bloom

LondonBritten Sinfonia: Beethoven, Barry

© Brian Voce
Beethoven, Barry
Britten Sinfonia; Allan Clayton; Thomas Adès
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Riveting Beethoven 5 from Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Mirga's approach to Beethoven's Fifth showed a flair for innovation, the highlight of a strong programme that also featured a virtuosic performance from Leila Josefowciz of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto.
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Thomas Adès' Eroica

Thomas Adès © Brian Voce
Thomas Adès conducts the Britten Sinfonia in Beethoven and Gerald Barry.
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Adès and the Britten Sinfonia launch Beethoven cycle

Thomas Adès and the Britten Sinfonia © Chris Christodoulou
Adès brought a freshness and originality to Beethoven's earliest symphonies, and a sharp portrait of the composer was given courtesy of Gerald Barry.
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A strong Bruckner Te Deum from RTE Philharmonic Choir

Dietrich Henschel © Susanne Diesner
A declamatory Bruckner Te Deum made up for a less exciting first half of Barry and Mahler. 
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The importance of being Alice

Allison Cook and Barbara Hannigan © Mark Allan | Barbican
Lewis Carroll's Alice: so crazy that all Gerald Barry can do is make it crazier.
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You can read our October 2013 interview with Gerald Barry here.

Gerald Barry was born in Ireland in 1952 and studied composition with Stockhausen and Kagel.

Barry’s first opera, The Intelligence Park (recorded on NMC), commissioned by the ICA, was first performed at the 1990 Almeida Festival, and a second opera, The Triumph of Beauty and Deceit, written for Channel 4 Television, opened the 2002 Aldeburgh Festival, followed by performances in London and the Berliner Festwochen conducted by Thomas Adès. A new staging took place in 2013 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe. In 2005 The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant (recorded on RTÉ) was given at English National Opera and in 2007 at the Basle Opera. La Plus Forte (“The Stronger”), a one-act opera on the Strindberg play, was commissioned by Radio France for the 2007 Festival Présences. Sung by Barbara Hannigan, it toured to Amsterdam, London, Dublin, Miami and Toronto. The first staging took place in London in 2013 at the London Contemporary Music Festival, sung by Allison Bell, and there will be a concert performance at the Helsinki Avanti Festival in 2014 with Barbara Hannigan.

His fifth opera, The Importance of Being Earnest, was written for the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Barbican, London. After concert performances in Los Angeles and the UK, the première staging took place in Nancy, followed by new productions in London and Ireland. It was awarded the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Prize for Large Scale Composition.

His orchestral work No other people, was performed at the BBC Proms in 2013. Music Viva, Munich has commissioned a piano concerto for November 2013, to be followed by performances in Aldeburgh, Birmingham and Helsinki in 2014.

His latest work is Humiliated and Insulted, commissioned for the Canadian pianist Stephen Clarke.

A new opera, Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, will appear in 2016.