Into every musical life a little Birtwistle must fallAlbum Of The Week
From the Lebrecht Album of the Week:
Into every musical life, a little Birtwistle must fall. Do not read anything pejorative into that statement. I have been smitten by the British composer’s major works for half my life, and if some of them can test one’s patience on first hearing, they usually deliver rewards on repetition.
Birtwistle is an acquired taste. He works hard at complex textures and does not readily produce long lyrical lines. He is a one-off, a loner, an original, a man on an unmarked path in an untrodden field….
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