Thursday, October 09, 2003


Classical Source is a good portfolio site which I came across while looking for reviews of concerts marking the 60th birthday of composer Robin Holloway. This has included events on London's South Bank and at the Wigmore Hall. The Britten Sinfonia's current season includes a concert (on Friday 14 November at 8pm) in Holloway's honour, since he is Cambridge-based.

"A fluent and versatile composer, Robin Holloway is noted for his rapprochement with tonality... The programme, devised by Holloway (and one of a series of events that celebrates the composer’s birthday during the Cambridge Music Festival) is infused with the romantic spirit. Alongside Holloway’s own 'First Idyll 'and 'Romanza', the Britten Sinfonia performs Berlioz’s song collection 'Les nuits d’été' (with mezzo-soprano Christine Rice), Wolf’s 'Italian Serenade' and Wagner’s 'Siegfried Idyll' (all pieces that Holloway loves). Paul Watkins, winner of the 2002 Leeds Conductors’ Competition, conducts. Robin Holloway talks about his work in a pre-concert event at 7.00pm."

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