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Composer: Greenwood, Jonny (b. 1971)

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Year of birth1971
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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The Times They Are a-Changin': Nixon Tapes in Sydney

Andrew Mogrelia © Matthew Washburn
The fascinating politics of this opera are diminished by the presentation of just four scenes. The music and three strong performances almost make up as Sydney gets its first taste of this work.
****1
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A microtonal affair from London Sinfonietta

Andrew Gourlay conducts the London Sinfonietta © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Fantastic performances can't quite elevate a disconnected audio-visual experience
***11
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Drama and energy from the ACO

Steven Osborne © Benjamin Ealovega
Effervescent Haydn, elegant Mozart, enigmatic Greenwood and exhilarating Tchaikovsky from the ACO in Dublin.
****1
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Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood at the Barbican

Jonny Greenwood  ©  Jason Evans
It's been a bumper week of contemporary music at the Barbican, with Nico Muhly and the Britten Sinfonia, Bang on a Can, and Krzysztof Penderecki and Jonny Greenwood all taking the stage. The diversity of talents and styles on display can only be encouraging, and last night's offering was a fitting climax to a fascinating week.
***11
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London Contemporary Orchestra at the Reverb Festival

Hugh Brunt conducts the London Contemporary Orchestra at Reverb 2012,  ©  Chris Christodoulou
There's classical music, and there's pop. You can throw as many violins into the bridge section as you like, and you can amplify the orchestra all you want as well. It's unfortunate, but a certain divide looks set to stay.
****1
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