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Composer: Matthews, Colin (b. 1946)

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Year of birth1946
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodContemporary
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MadridMatthews, Bartók, Mahler en Ibermúsica

© Monika Rittershaus
Matthews C., Bartók, Mahler
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg; Gustavo Gimeno; Vilde Frang; Miah Persson

VigoOrquesta Sinfónica de Galicia

Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia
Fernández Barrero, Matthews C., Sibelius
Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia; Daníel Bjarnason; Leila Josefowicz
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Prom 41: Mahler's unnumbered symphony

Mark Elder conducts the Hallé Orchestra © BBC|Chris Christodoulou
A strange combination of a Berlioz overture, a commemorative work and Mahler's Das Lied von der Erde with the Hallé, Sir Mark Elder, Alice Coote, Gregory Kunde and Leonard Elschenbroich.
***11
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Prom 29: National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Edward Gardner with the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain © BBC | Mark Allan
The space-themed Prom 29 matches old favourites with new works in joyous performances.
****1
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Tilson Thomas and Wang shine with the LSO

Michael Tilson Thomas © Art Streiber
The LSO and soloist Yuja Wang join Principal Guest Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas to celebrate his 70th birthday. 
****1
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BBC Symphony and Oramo: Matthews and Beethoven

Sakari Oramo © Jan Olav Wedin
A somewhat disappointing première of Colin Matthews’ Traces Remain could not stifle the abandon and verve of new Principal Conductor Sakari Oramo’s Eroica with the BBCSO at the Barbican.
***11
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Benjamin Britten: The beginning and the end with Royal Northern Sinfonia

Benjamin Britten At Crag House; photo by Roland Haupt  ©  Britten–Pears Foundation

As Benjamin Britten’s centenary year draws to an end, Royal Northern Sinfonia began their own tribute last night, with a Late Mix chamber concert that drew on works from the start and end of Britten’s composing career, in a tightly planned programme full of pleasing connections. Throughout his career, Britten nurtured and supported younger composers, and so after Britten’s Op. 1 Sinfonietta, written whilst he was a student at the Royal College of Music, came a piece by the young composer Thomas MacMillan that was written as part of Royal Northern Sinfonia’s University Composition Project.

***11
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