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Work: Les Illuminations, for soprano or tenor and strings, Op.18

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ComposerBritten, Benjamin (1913-1976)
Period20th century
Year1939
Work typeVocal
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BerlinKonzerthausorchester Berlin, Iván Fischer

Wagner, Britten, Haydn
Konzerthausorchester Berlin; Iván Fischer; Anna Prohaska
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Singular gems in a traditional setting in Stockholm

Andrew Manze conducts the RSPO © Nadja Sjöström
Manze and the orchestra evoked with accuracy the shifting moods and the underlying tensions that mark the score of Les Illuminations.
***11
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Budapest Festival Orchestra plays away in Ravenna

Iván Fischer © Zani-Casadio
After its Covid-19 “Quarantine soirées”, the Budapest Festival Orchestra celebrates the end of lockdown by taking on a two-concert international tour!
***11
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Stephenson's Une Saison en Enfer lights up Aurora Orchestra

Allan Clayton © Sim Canetty-Clarke
Aurora Orchestra prove too muscular for accompanying voices in Wigmore Hall, but Stephenson's setting of Rimbaud's poetry is impressive.
***11
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In Prague, the future is now: AI composes for the PKF

Petr Nekoranec and Emmanuel Villaume with the PKF © Václav Hodina
Artificial intelligence shows it can write music, but human composers need not worry – not yet, anyway.
****1
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Prom 34: Juanjo Mena bids farewell to BBC Philharmonic

Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak
An intriguing programme of Britten, Walton, Barber and Copland provided dynamism, evocative imagery and new discoveries in Juanjo Mena’s valedictory concert with the BBC Philharmonic.
****1
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