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Composer: Symonds, Jack

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NationalityAustralia
PeriodContemporary
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Dystopian Dostoevsky gets utopian orchestration

Notes from Underground © Zan Wimberley
Its achievement lies in the brilliant notion of taking the two parts of Dostoevsky's work – the Aboveground Man's self-loathed life and the Underground Man's reflections upon it 20 years later – and running them concurrently, using two different singers.
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Wagner with a twist: Jack Symonds' bold response to Parsifal with Sydney Chamber Opera

Maya Gavish and Mitchell Riley  ©  Louis Dillon-Savage
Three days after seeing the Metropolitan Opera’s broadcast version of Wagner’s Parsifal, I attended Climbing Toward Midnight, Jack Symonds’ compositional response to this same opera, directed by Netta Yashchin.
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