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Composer: Dove, Jonathan (b. 1959)

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PeriodContemporary
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LondonGaspard's Foxtrot

© James Mayhew
Prokofiev, Dove
Philharmonia Orchestra; Holly Mathieson; Zeb Soanes; James Mayhew

LondonLSC/Halsey: A Roar of War

London Symphony Orchestra
Britten, Tippett, Holst, Dove, Weir, Parry
Simon Halsey; London Symphony Chorus

LondonVasily Petrenko Conducts Elgar’s Symphony No.1

Vasily Petrenko Conducts Elgar’s Symphony No.1
Dove, Dvořák, Elgar
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; Vasily Petrenko; Kian Soltani

LondonKitty Whately: ‘Careful the tale you tell...’ (Change of Artist and Programme)

Dove, Clarke, Weir, Stanford, Howells, Barber, Hall, Sondheim
Kitty Whately; Simon Lepper; Kevin Whately; Madelaine Newton
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Ariel takes flight at Waterperry Opera Festival

Ariel: Daniella Sicari © Waterperry Opera Festival
With a cast of six and orchestra of seven, Waterperry Opera treats us to a new chamber opera, and one with music by Mozart.
****1
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Quirky Rachmaninov from Buniatishvili and the RPO in Atlanta

Khatia Buniatishvili © Esther Haase
A most idiosyncratic version of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto from Khatia Buniatishvili along with a notable performance of Sibelius' Second Symphony from the RPO, touring the United States under Mark Wigglesworth. 
***11
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Prom 43: Oramo and the BBC SO redefine tradition

Sakari Oramo conducts the BBC SO © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
What to put with Beethoven's greatest statement on the universality of the human spirit? The BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Sakari Oramo, Neil Ferris and Andreas Haefliger make a case for renewal.
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Energy and virtuosity from VOCES8 in an impressive Proms debut

VOCES8 © Andy Staples
VOCES8 perform choral music spanning 800 years, including a BBC commission from Alexia Sloane, with great energy, articulation and virtuosity in an impressive Proms debut at Cadogan Hall.
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The BBC Concert Orchestra go orange with Anna-Maria Helsing

Anna-Maria Helsing © Kasper Dalkarl
Finding orange everywhere: a concept concert from the BBC Concert Orchestra with Anna-Maria Helsing and Victor Sangiorgio. 
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Biography

Few composers working today have embraced the modern opera house as consistently and successfully as Jonathan Dove. His incomparable catalogue of more than twenty diverse operatic works is indicative of a practical and lively theatrical mind, steeped in operatic experience. In all his music, Dove has a strong desire to communicate, to entertain, and to provoke transformative experiences. His musical language is at once immediately appreciated by listeners new to the concert hall and has provided performers, audiences and directors with rich possibilities for interpretation; several of his major operatic works have been performed in multiple productions all over the world, and his list of commissioners includes some of the world’s greatest musicians. He is one of the only living composers able to write successful comic opera, to sustain a company through 150 performances of a single opera, or to captivate a million viewers with a single performance.

His operas number over twenty, and include the airport-comedy Flight, two operas for television, several chamber operas, and a frequently-performed church opera, Tobias and the Angel. Dove has also created a series of “community operas” and two operas ‘for all the family’: The Enchanted Pig and The Adventures of Pinocchio. In 1998 he was joint winner of the Christopher Whelen Award for his work in the fields of theatre music and opera. His community cantata On Spital Fields received a Royal Philharmonic Society Award and a British Composer Award, and in 2008 Dove was awarded a second British Composer Award for The Adventures of Pinocchio. Jonathan Dove was the recipient of the Ivor Novello Award for classical music in 2008.