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Review: The Judas Passion - OAE - St John's Smith Square - The Spectator 07/10/17

Painted more shades of grey than a Farrow & Ball catalogue: The Judas Passion reviewed

The Spectator

 

Alexandra Coghlan reviews The Judas Passion, performed by Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at St John's Smith Square.

 

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Review: The Judas Passion - OAE - St John's Smith Square - Bachtrack 28/09/17

To the field of blood: Sally Beamish's The Judas Passion

Bachtrack

 

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"In the 21st century, the secular resonances of this piece can't help but compel."

Benjamin Poore awards four stars to The Judas Passion, performed by Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at St John's Smith Square.

 

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Interview: Musikdorf Ernen 07/08/17

Sally Beamish: Composer, Violist, and Mistress of Multitasking

Festival Musikdorf Ernen

 

Sarah Batschelet interviews Sally at Switzerland's Musikdorf Ernen Festival. 

 

Read the full interview HERE


Review: The Tempest - Houston Ballet - Houston Chronicle 26/05/17

Houston Ballet's 'Tempest' a sophisticated spectacle

Houston Chronicle

Molly Glentzer

 

"Bintley's choreography brings the complex elements of William Shakespeare's late-period romance evocatively into focus, without words, on the wings of Sally Beamish's atmospheric score and Rae Smith's riveting designs."

Molly Glentzer reviews Houston Ballet's US premiere of The Tempest

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Interview: The Tempest - Houston Ballet - Houston Chronicle 19/05/17

Composer conjures aural magic for Houston Ballet's 'The Tempest'

Houston Chronicle

Molly Glentzer

 

"When Bintley discovered Beamish a few years ago, he knew he'd finally found a composer whose help could deliver all he imagined."

Molly Glentzer interviews Sally and director David Bintley ahead of the US premiere of The Tempest ballet.

 

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Review: Piano Concerto No. 3 City Stanzas - RSNO / Biss / Oundjian - Glasgow Royal Concert Hall - The Herald 09/04/17

RSNO at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Herald Scotland

Rosie Davies

****

"City Stanzas reminds us, with a quiet confidence, of the excitement (and importance) of music as response to the human condition"

Rosie Davies reviews the RSNO's Glasgow performance of Sally's third piano concerto City Stanzas, with soloist Jonathan Biss and conductor Peter Oundjian. 

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Review: Piano Concerto No. 3 City Stanzas - St Paul Chamber Orchestra / Biss / Santora - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Politics shades Beamish concerto premiered by SPCO

Ordway Concert Hall 20/01/17

Minneapolis Star Tribune

 

"a punchy, pugnacious addition to the concerto repertoire and should travel successfully well beyond the Twin Cities"

 

Terry Blain reviews the world premiere of Sally's Piano Concerto No. 3 City Stanzas, performed by Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under conductor Mischa Santora at Ordway Concert Hall, St Paul, Minnesota.

 

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Review: Piano Concerto No. 3 City Stanzas - St Paul Chamber Orchestra / Biss / Santora - Twin Cities

Review: SPCO finds bliss with Biss, Beamish and Beethoven

Ordway Concert Hall 20/01/17

Twin Cities

 

Rob Hubbard reviews the world premiere of Sally's Piano Concerto No. 3 City Stanzas, performed by Jonathan Biss and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra under conductor Mischa Santora at Ordway Concert Hall, St Paul, Minnesota.

 

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Herald Scotland: Piano Concerto No 2 Cauldron of the Speckled Seas - BBC SSO / Dausgaard / Roscoe - Review 11/12/16

Review: Scottish Inspirations - BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra / Dausgaard / Roscoe

Glasgow City Halls 10/12/16

Herald Scotland

 

*****

"one of the finest, and undiluted, celebrations of contemporary music it has been my delight to revel in over the last 30 years"

 

Michael Tumelty gives a glowing 5-star review to the BBC SSO's Scottish Inspirations concert with conductor Thomas Dausgaard, featuring Sally's Piano Concerto No 2: Cauldron of the Speckled Seas with pianist Martin Roscoe.

 

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Huffington Post: The Tempest - Birmingham Royal Ballet - Interview with David Bintley 15/09/16

Birmingham Royal Ballet’s ‘The Tempest’: Some ‘Heavenly Music’, Brought to Life by Dance

Huffington Post  15/09/16

 

Meghan Feeks interviews Birmingham Royal Bellet artistic director David Bintley for The Huffington Post. 

 

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Sunderland Echo: Why The Tempest is set to cause a storm in Sunderland 15/09/16

Why The Tempest is set to cause a storm in Sunderland

Sunderland Echo 15/09/16

 

“I rarely make a full-length ballet without a new score. Quite often I have an idea and it connects with a composer.”

Katy Wheeler speaks to Birmingham Royal Ballet director David Bintley about new ballet The Tempest, with score by Sally Beamish. 

 

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Classical Source: Merula Perpetua - BBC Proms Review 29/08/16

Proms Chamber Music 7: Armida Quartett, Lise Berthaud, David Saudubray – Schubert D703, Sally Beamish, Mozart K515

Classical Source 29/08/16

 

"It is strongly programmatic music with a personal connection to the late Peter Maxwell Davies"

Antony Hodgson reviews the final Proms Chamber Music concert of 2016, including the world premiere of Sally's Merula Perpetua

 

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The Scotsman: A Cage of Doves - BBC SO / Vedernikov - St Magnus Festival 27/06/16

Review: A Cage of Doves - BBC Symphony Orchestra / Alexander Vedernikov

Pickacoy Centre, Kirkwall - St Magnus International Festival 2016

The Scotsman

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Carol Main gives 4 stars to the BBC SO's performance at St Magnus International Festival under conductor Alexander Vedernikov - including Sally Beamish 'A Cage of Doves'.

 

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BBC Music Magazine: When Shelley met Sally 03/06/2016

When Shelley met Sally

BBC Music Magazine

Tenor James Gilchrist explains how he is bringing English Romantic poets to Wigmore Hall

 

Gilchrist discusses his collaboration with Sally on new work West Wind - premiering at London's Wigmore Hall on 23rd June 2016. 

 

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The Shakespeare Blog: A Shakespeare Masque Review 23/04/16

A Shakespeare Masque Review

The Shakespeare Blog

 

"A fabulous evening, well deserving of the standing ovation given it by the audience of the packed Holy Trinity Church" - Sylvia Morris

 

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Shakespeare Lives Q&A 04/2016

Q&A with Sally Beamish

Shakespeare Lives

 

A Q&A with Sally Beamish ahead of the premiere of A Shakepeare Masque as part of the #Shakepeare400 celebrations.

 

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Herald Scotland: La Mer - Hebrides Ensemble Review 08/03/16

Review: La Mer - Hebrides Ensemble

Perth Concert Hall 07/03/16

The Herald

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Michael Tumelty gives the Hebrides Ensemble's live-streamed performance at Perth Concert Hall 5 stars!

"Sally Beamish has produced a colossal, creative masterpiece"

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The Scotsman: La Mer - Hebrides Ensemble Feature 27/02/16

Feature: La Mer - Hebrides Ensemble

The Scotsman

 

David Kettle gives a preview into the upcoming Hebrides Ensemble 'Impressions of th Sea' tour, and looks at Sally's piano trio arrangement of Debussy's La Mer

"a magical rethink that unashamedly shrinks Debussy’s grand evocations down to a more intimate scale, but loses nothing of La Mer’s power and detail"

 

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Classical Source: Chaconne (World Premiere) Review 09/02/16

Review: David Titterington at Royal Festival Hall, London

Classical Source

 

"Atmospheric and scored with great originality, Chaconne and Titterington’s playing of it were hugely impressive"

Peter Reed reviews organist David Titterington's concert at the Royal Festival Hall, featuring the world premiere of Chaconne by Sally Beamish

 

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The Classical Reviewer: The Singing (CD) Review 31/10/15

Review: The Singing

The Classical Reviewer

Bruce Reader reviews the new CD of orchestral works, featuring RSNO, NYOS and soloists Branford Marsalis, James Crabb and Håkan Hardenberger under conductor Martyn Brabbins.

"The works on this new disc are outstanding as are the performances"

 

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