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Igor Toronyi-Lalic

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Igor is the editor of Culture House at The Spectator. He's a co-director of the London Contemporary Music Festival and author of Benjamin Britten (2013) for Penguin.

Articles by Igor Toronyi-Lalic

theartsdesk Q&A: Composer Pierre Boulez

David Nice writes: it hardly seemed possible, but a pivotal figure in the 20th century music scene has died, two months short of his 91st birthday. As composer, Boulez now seems not so much a game-...

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theartsdesk at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

If Pizza Huts could speak, the Huddersfield branch would have quite some tale to tell. It was here in the late 1980s, over a deep pan, that one of 20th century music’s great feuds was put to bed,...

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György and Márta Kurtág, Queen Elizabeth Hall

There was a strange moment at the end of yesterday's recital when, having exhausted their repertoire, octogenarians György and Márta Kurtág began to look around anxiously, wondering what more...

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Sonica, Glasgow

At first it looked like a joke. But, as each muscle spasm, set off by an electric shock, did appear to produce a pained expression in the performer and a subsequent note, one slowly had to accept...

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Philip Glass/Steve Reich, Royal Festival Hall

The Southbank’s artistic director Jude Kelly was out in force at this penultimate weekend of The Rest is Noise festival, delivering little triumphalist, Ryan Air-like fanfares, reminding us how...

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Stockhausen/Nono, Royal Festival Hall

There’s been a lot of backslapping over the success (so far) of The Rest is Noise festival, the Southbank’s year-long trawl through the music of the 20th century. They’re particularly pleased about...

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The Wasp Factory, Linbury Studio Theatre

A baby's brain is polished off by a throbbing welter of maggots. A field of sheep are on fire. A screaming child whose hands have been tied to a kite is flying out over the North Sea. How do you make...

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Salonen, Royal Festival Hall

“Lighting design”. Are there two more terrifying words to find in a concert booklet? Since I last went to a normal concert, it seems that the lunacy that is the tradition of bathing audience and...

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Hippolyte et Aricie, Glyndebourne Festival Opera

Jean-Philippe Rameau wrote Hippolyte et Aricie in 1733 at the age of 50. It was his first opera and his greatest. In its five acts, its visits to the woods of Diana, the groves of Venus, the...

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The Importance of Being Earnest, Linbury Studio Theatre

If you were new to contemporary opera, you might think it was forbidden for modern works to be funny. Tragedy is still the default setting for major commissions. You only get serious money if you...

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London Contemporary Orchestra, Hugh Brunt, Aldwych Station

Three hundred years ago we danced and ate to art music. Before that we worshipped to it. In the 19th century we began to sit and stare at it. The immersive music movement of the past decade has moved...

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Bach Marathon, Royal Albert Hall/ Nick van Bloss, Institut Francais

Bach for breakfast, lunch and supper. That in essence was what yesterday's Bach Marathon was about. You can do that with Bach - have him flowing from the taps. Nothing new in this for those of us who...

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Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dudamel, Barbican Hall

Zipangu. What a name for a piece of music. Such a strange and suggestive collection of vowels and consonants. Such a musical string of sounds. A fascinating name. The name, in fact, the programme...

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Pereira, LA Phil New Music Group, Dudamel, Adams, Barbican Hall

For finding new popes as much as for hunting down new music, looking to the ends of the earth seems a fruitful route to take. Last night saw the start of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's Barbican...

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Written on Skin, Royal Opera

It’s hard to put one’s finger on why George Benjamin’s new opera doesn’t work. It comes to Covent Garden with a wind in its sails. Its outings in Europe have all received high praise. It boasts a...

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Radio Rewrite, Royal Festival Hall: The Classical Review

Minimalism was born of popular music. The drones came from John Coltrane, the tape experiments from fiddling around with songs from the charts, the first rhythmic and melodic explorations from the...

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New drama about the Congo is absorbing, but too long, too messy and too com...

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