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Performer: Matthew Barley

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Lords and ladies of the dance: the LPO and Orozco-Estrada

Andrés Orozco-Estrada © Martin Sigmund
Andrés Orozco-Estrada and the LPO offer an eclectic and unusual mix of works which, despite commendable playing, never quite added up to a satisfying whole.
****1
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Plumbing the depths of Tavener

Matthew Barley © Nick White
The City of London Sinfonia presents an absorbing account of Tavener's musical ecumenicism. 
****1
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Beethoven explained: Matthew Barley and Reinis Zarins at St George's Bristol

Matthew Barley  ©  Nick White
Two musicians, pianist and cellist, entered on stage and started playing. After three or four minutes, the cellist stood up and spoke: “Thought that I had forgotten to talk, didn’t you?”Passionate about education, cellist Matthew Barley took the audience at St George’s through Beethoven’s Cello Sonata no.
***11
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Mixed minimalism with the Labèques

Katia and Marielle Labèque,  ©  Umberto Nicoletti
Minimalism is, according to some, ‘The most influential musical movement of the 20th century’. Whether or not this is a little hyperbolical, minimalism does certainly deserve real recognition and exploration, and Kings Place hence merits a great deal of praise for putting on the three-day ‘50 Years of Minimalism’ festival, curated by Igor Toronyi-Lalic and led on the stage by pianists Katia and Marielle Labèque. Friday’s middle concert, ‘Europeans & Experimentalists’, presented an intriguing, diverse range of minimalist, quasi-minimalist or sort-of-minimal music which certainly succeeded in showing the breadth of minimalism’s scope in recent decades.