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This week, classical music fans have been treated to a feast of innovative and thrilling performances. English National Opera's The Dead City, a reworking of George Crumb’s Black Angels by Manchester Collective and Annelise Miskimmon, was presented at the Coliseum in London.
The Dead City is a hauntingly beautiful work, combining Crumb’s modernist score with Miskimmon’s evocative staging. The music is dark and unsettling, with the Manchester Collective providing a powerful backdrop to the action. There were moments of quiet beauty, such as the haunting solo cello passages, as well as moments of intense energy as the strings raced to a furious crescendo. The voices of the chorus soared, creating an atmosphere of eerie tension.
The second performance of the week was Black Angels by the Kings Place Re:sound Voices of Our Cities and Streetwise Opera. This was a powerful showcase of the work of the Streetwise Opera, a charity which works with homeless people to create and perform music. The performance was a powerful reminder of the strength and resilience of the human spirit, as the voices of the choir soared through the audience.
The week was rounded off with a spectacular concert by the BBC Concert Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall. Led by conductor Edward Gardner, the orchestra performed a selection of works by British composers, including a world premiere of a work by Jonathan Dove.
Overall, it has been a week of exciting and inspiring classical performances, with each of the concerts showcasing the power and beauty of music. From the haunting sounds of The Dead City to the passionate energy of Black Angels, it has been an unforgettable week for classical music fans.