In Portrait: Luke Bedford and Mauricio Kagel’s ‘The Pieces of the Compass Rose’ – The Reviews

Here are the reviews from our latest two concerts, In Portrait: Luke Bedford on Wednesday 22 May and Mauricio Kagel’s The Pieces of the Compass Rose on Saturday 1 June.

In Portrait: Luke Bedford | Wednesday 22 May | Purcell Room, Southbank Centre

‘In his latest work, Renewal, British composer Luke Bedford has achieved the rare feat of having written a piece that has everything: dynamism and drive, a singular yet powerfully centred harmonic language, a strong sense of thematic development, an altogether wondrous control of flow and counter-flow, and, above all, moments of transcendent beauty.’
Guy Dammann, The Guardian

‘Perhaps the most captivating moment was when Bedford stripped his musical materials down to pure noise. As a bass drum delivered an unpredictable series of menacing beats, the brass and wind players produced chugging sounds through their mouthpieces, starting with vigorous energy and gradually deteriorating into sporadic echoes.’
Ninfea Cruttwell-Reade, Bachtrack

Mauricio Kagel: The Pieces of the Compass Rose | Saturday 1 June | Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre

‘All of this made for the most provocative, brilliant, intelligent evening of music I can recall experiencing, and I can’t speak highly enough of the London Sinfonietta’s marvellous performance, conducted with all the necessary humour and passion, and then some, by an ebullient Thierry Fischer.’
Paul Kilbey, Bachtrack

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