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Birtwistle, Sir Harrison (narrator)
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Sir Harrison Birtwistle (narrator)

Harrison Birtwistle was born in Accrington in 1934 and studied clarinet and composition at the Royal Manchester College of Music. In 1965 he completed the opera Punch and Judy. This work, together with Verses for Ensembles and The Triumph of Time, firmly established Birtwistle as a leading voice in British music.

Important large-scale compositions are the operas The Minotaur, Gawain, The Second Mrs Kong and The Last Supper, the concertos Panic, Antiphonies and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, as well as the orchestral scores Earth Dances, Exody and The Shadow of Night. Other major works include Theseus Game for large ensemble and two conductors, Neruda Madrigales for chorus and instruments, Angel Fighter and In Broken Images. Smaller-scale pieces include Pulse Shadows, the cycle of piano works Harrison’s Clocks, Orpheus Elegies for oboe, harp and countertenor, stage works The Corridor, The Io Passion, Tree of Strings for string quartet, The Moth Requiem for female voices and instruments and Songs from the Same Earth for tenor and piano.

The music of Birtwistle has attracted international conductors including Stefan Asbury, David Atherton, Pierre Boulez, Daniel Barenboim, Christoph von Dohnányi, Peter Eötvös, Elgar Howarth, Daniel Harding, Vladimir Jurowski, Oliver Knussen, Ingo Metzmacher, Sir Antonio Pappano, Sir Simon Rattle, David Robertson, Franz Welser-Möst and Ryan Wigglesworth. He has received commissions from leading performing organizations and his music has been featured in major festivals and concert series in Europe, the USA and Japan. Birtwistle has received many honours including the 1986 Grawemeyer Award, the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (1986), a British knighthood (1988), the Siemens Prize (1995) and the Wihuri Sibelius Prize for music (2015). He was made Companion of Honour in 2001. Recordings of his music are available on the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Teldec, Signum, NMC, CPO and ECM labels.


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