'David Matthews’ Terrible Beauty for mezzo-soprano (Susan Bickley), flute, clarinet, harp and string quartet, is both more substantial and more searching. A Nash Ensemble commission with Arts Council funds, it is a beautifully wrought operatic scena. Bickley’s mezzo moved ardently between supple recitative and sensuous arioso as she gave voice to Enobarbus’s great Antony and Cleopatra. The instrumental playing seemed to echo both the light dancing metre of the Greek preface (an extract from H Read more
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