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Composer: Head, Michael (1900-1976)

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Year of birth1900
Year of death1976
NationalityUnknown
Period20th century
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Joyce DiDonato in the Venice of the North

Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly
Joyce DiDonato enchants the public of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw with a program of art songs and arias inspired by Venice.
****1
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Echoes of a Mountain Song in Manchester

Sir Thomas Allen © Sussie Ahlburg
Wednesday night saw the masterful rendition of British songs, by the legendary baritone at Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, part of the ‘Echoes of a Mountain Song’ series. 
*****
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Serious Christmas fare at Cadogan Hall

The choir tackle an ambitious, if overly long programme of Advent-themed works with mixed results.
***11
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DiDonato returns to Carnegie Hall

Joyce DiDonato © Simon Pauly
Though Joyce DiDonato is an incredibly versatile artist, her performance at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday evening reaffirmed that she is, above all, one of the leading interpreters of Rossini today. 
****1
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Eine Nacht in Venedig: A fine start for the Leeds Lieder Festival

Graham Johnson  ©  Clive Barda
It was hard to choose from the fascinating menu for The Composer’s Echo (the title for this Leeds Lieder Festival), which is described as “a feast of song from the great Western European tradition which fuses poetry and music” by the festival’s director, Jane Anthony.
****1
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