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Article: Rough Beast, Couth Clouds

  • by Roger Covell — © John Fairfax Holdings
  • Source: Source: Sydney Morning Herald, 24 May 1993 pg.23
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THE latest Sydney Symphony Orchestra's 20th-century program is, in all-round terms, the most challenging of the series so far. Few scores as full of primal, shaggy power as Harrison Birtwistle's Gawain's Journey have been heard in a Sydney concert.

Birtwistle's larger orchestral works usually have something about them of Yeats's fabulous "rough beast"; in this case, the beast seems to ...


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