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Critics applaud London Sinfonietta’s Prom

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Last week saw a special BBC Proms concert at the Roundhouse marking both 100 years since Armistice and 50 years since the London Sinfonietta was founded to perform the best in contemporary music.

Conducted by George Benjamin, the programme centred on four brand new First World War-inspired compositions by a quartet of leading European composers: Luca FrancesconiGeorg Friedrich HaasHannah Kendall and Isabel Mundry. 

The matinee performance was described as ‘genuinely overwhelming’ (The Guardian) – a concert played with ‘glinting precision’ (Financial Times).

★★★★★ The enormous percussive climaxes, featuring extravagant use of the three tam-tams, were ear-splitting, devastating – an appalling glimpse into an abyssal world beyond.

Bachtrack

★★★★ Benjamin conducts four new pieces with care and intensity

The Guardian

★★★★ the music brought that dread silence chillingly to life, as though the shocked earth were awakening out of a nightmare.

The Indepedent

★★★★

Financial Times

★★★★

The Arts Desk
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