Performer: Allison Bell

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LondonAdams's The Wound-Dresser & the UK premiere of Harris's Face

Ravel, Adams, Vaughan Williams
BBC Symphony Orchestra; Allison Bell; Anthony Gregory; Marcus Farnsworth; BBC Singers

ClaytonMetropolis 2

Chin, Ligeti
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; Clark Rundell; Jennifer Koh; Allison Bell
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Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala

“If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it.” There was certainly plenty of Shakespeare-inspired music on the bill for the London Philharmonic Orchestra's celebration of The Bard. 
***11
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Sonic inundation: Tavener’s Flood of Beauty

There was an inundation of the sound of John Tavener's Flood of Beauty at the Barbican on Sunday, with the Britten Sinfonia conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
**111
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Britten Sinfonia serves up another treat "At Lunch"

Alison Bell joins Britten Sinfonia to wow at Wigmore Hall in the fourth of the orchestra’s lunchtime chamber series, including Schoenberg's String Quartet no. 2.
****1
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The Rest is Noise: Sublime Polish melodies

Southbank Centre's The Rest is Noise festival continued its focus on politics and spirituality with Henryck Górecki's popular Third Symphony, coupled with Krzysztof Penderecki's lesser-known Violin Concerto – but it was the latter work which fared better.
***11
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Jurowski's endgame: Grisey and Mahler with the LPO

The London Philharmonic Orchestra’s latest “only connect” programme was inspired by its allocated date – 12/12/12. An equivalent numerical repetition will not recur for another century. Furthermore the reversal of the first figure to 21 coincides with the day signalled by the Mayan calendar as a day of ending. In keeping with this apocalyptic vantage point, Gérard Grisey’s Quatre chants pour franchir le seuil (“Four Chants for Crossing the Threshold”, 1996–98) and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony no. 5 (1901–02) were paired to map a journey from the dark abyss into a bright awakening.

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