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This week saw three extraordinary performances of classical music in London, with the English National Opera (ENO) presenting The Dead City at the Coliseum, Manchester Collective's Black Angels at Kings Place and Re:Sound Voices of Our Cities at the BBC Concert Orchestra.
The ENO's latest production of The Dead City, written by the late George Crumb and directed by Annilese Miskimmon, was a gripping exploration of the human cost of war. Crumb's score was powerful and evocative, with its sparse orchestration and unusual vocal lines. Miskimmon's direction was equally effective, creating a vivid and moving experience for the audience.
Next up was Manchester Collective's Black Angels, a haunting exploration of the violence of war and its effects on individuals. The seven-piece ensemble performed with great skill and sensitivity, creating a highly emotional atmosphere. The ensemble's use of extended techniques and electronics added an interesting texture to the music.
Finally, Re:Sound Voices of Our Cities showcased the work of Streetwise Opera and the BBC Concert Orchestra. The programme featured works by composers from diverse backgrounds, including pieces that explored the plight of refugees and the struggles of those living in poverty. The performance was made even more powerful by the inclusion of live interviews with the composers.
All in all, this week's performances were a testament to the power of classical music and its ability to touch our hearts and minds. From the gripping intensity of The Dead City to the emotional intensity of Black Angels and the uplifting energy of Re:Sound Voices of Our Cities, this week's performances were a powerful reminder of the beauty and power of classical music.