Service and Maddocks on “the brilliance of Birtwistle”

Reading time: 1 min. Harrison Birtwistle

Find Tom Service’s “quick word from Salzburg” on Sir Harrison Birtwistle’s presence (and brilliance) at the Salzburg Festival on The Guardian, where he describes the “Klangforum's performance of the 1984 masterpiece Secret Theatre [as] a Birtwistlean thrill ride of explosivity and stasis; Sylvain Cambreling conducted with uncompromising precision, energy, and hell-for-leather speeds that pushed his players to their expressive and technical limits.”

And while we’re at it: Fiona Maddocks reviewed Gawain Birtwistle's “epic opera, which launched the Salzburg season to noisy ovations and plenty of controversy last week” – for The Observer, you can find the full review here.

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