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Composer: Sawer, David (b. 1961)

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Year of birth1961
NationalityUnited Kingdom
Period20th century
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The Skating Rink: Shivers up and down the spine

Alice Poggio (Skater) © Johan Persson
Tough, thrilling, ambitious and new: The Skating Rink is an exciting new major commission by Garsington, and its world première delivered on every level.
*****
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Prom 20: Darkness and light

Mark Wigglesworth and the BBC Philharmonic © BBC | Mark Allan
The passionate darkness of Brahms' First Piano Concerto is contrasted with David Sawer's The Greatest Happiness Principle and Haydn's elegant and sophisticated Symphony no. 99.
****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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BCMG's Into the Little Hill on George Benjamin Day at Wigmore Hall

George Benjamin  ©  Maurice Foxall
“All music – smiles the minister – is incidental.” So says one of the two singers in George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s Into the Little Hill, performed to perfection in Wigmore Hall by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group this Saturday.
*****
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