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Composer: Coll, Francisco (b. 1985)

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Year of birth1985
NationalitySpain
PeriodContemporary
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Thomas Adès: Mixing the new with the old

Thomas Adès conducts the Britten Sinfonia © BBC|Chris Christodoulou
Evocative new works by Adès and Coll were performed thrillingly and provocatively by the Britten Sinfonia as they brought fizz and clarity to Beethoven's eighth and Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony.
****1
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A double bill of new opera at the ROH

Suzanne Shakespeare (Girl) and Daniel Norman (Man 1) in Café Kafka © Stephen Cummiskey
A new collaboration between Aldeburgh Music, Opera North and The Royal Opera produced mixed results: while Francisco Coll's Café Kafka was a characterful piece which combined humour with darker undertones, Elspeth Brooke's The Commission proved less successful.
***11
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Thomas Adès sparkles conducting the LSO in his Tevot and In Seven Days

Thomas Adès,  ©  Brian Voce
Thomas Adès' music has a rawness that only comes across heard live. This seems particularly true when he conducts it himself. Gone are the smooth contours of recordings and other conductors, replaced by a focus on infectious rhythm and sometimes brutal colours. His lyrical tendencies therefore become all the more powerful.Tevot is the perfect example.
****1
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Conmovedor programa de la OSG con Chloë Hanslip y Eugene Tzigane

Chloë Hanslip © Benjamin Ealovega
La Sinfónica de Galicia estrenaba en España Four Iberian Miniatures del compositor Francisco Coll, la violinista Chloë Hanslip se erigió en auténtica protagonista de la interpretación de esta obra ecléctica y dinámica. Hanslip continuó en el escenario con el concierto de Britten, para dar paso a otra obra llena también de desolación, la despedida sinfónica de Shostakovich.
****1
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Afkham y la ONE presentan una memorable Pastoral

El Cuarteto Casals © Josep Molina
El Cuarteto Casals propuso una interpretación técnicamente impecable que supo moverse con eficiencia en los límites de la inquietud y del desasosiego.
***11
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