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Inspired by Shakespeare: a London gala

Allison Bell © Felipe Pagani
“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. 
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Sonic inundation: Tavener’s Flood of Beauty

Martyn Brabbins © Sasha Gusov
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.
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Britten Sinfonia serves up another treat "At Lunch"

Allison Bell © Mike Hoban
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.
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The Rest is Noise: Sublime Polish melodies

Michal Dworzynski © Chris Christodoulou
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.
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Jurowski's endgame: Grisey and Mahler with the LPO

The London Philharmonic Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall  ©  Richard Cannon
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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