April 16, 2008

INSTANT MASTERPIECE:

A chilling masterpiece (Matthew d'Ancona, 4/16/08, The Spectator)

Sometimes music speaks not only to your mind and heart, but grabs at your very viscera in the most primal way imaginable. Such was the experience of last night's world premiere of Harrison Birtwistle's The Minotaur at the Royal Opera. [...]

As the cast enjoyed their rapturous ovation, I noticed that Antonio Pappano's conductor's hands had been besmirched with stage-blood from clasping Tomlinson's hands for the bow. It was an apt metaphor for the seepage of mythic horror, red in tooth and claw, into the auditorium itself. Do not miss this chilling masterpiece.

MORE:
-The Harrison Birtwistle Site
-Harrison Birtwistle (Sir Harrison Birtwistle home page at www.boosey.com)
-Harrison Birtwistle (CompositionToday.com)
-INTERVIEW: The beast within: Hairy chords, blood smoothies, and 'a bit of Boris' - Sir Harrison Birtwistle talks to Tom Service about his new opera, The Minotaur (Tom Service, April 11, 2008, The Guardian)
-INTERVIEW: Sir Harrison Birtwistle: interview (Jonathan Lennie, Wed Apr 9 2008, Time Out London)
-INTERVIEW: BBC - Radio 3 - Harry Birtwistle Interview
-INTERVIEW: interview with Harrison Birtwistle (Paris Transatlantic)
-ESSAY: In praise of ... Harrison Birtwistle (The Guardian, 4/14/08)
-PROFILE: Sir John Tomlinson in Harrison Birtwistle’s The Minotaur: opera’s raging bull: John Tomlinson is ready to give it all for Harrison Birtwistle’s new work. (Emma Pomfret, 4/11/08, Times of London)
-ARCHIVES: Harrison Birtwistle (NY Times)
-We are all Cretans: Birtwistle's new work is austere and challenges human nature head-on (Rick Jones, 24 April 2008, New Statesman)

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 16, 2008 6:49 AM
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