At Lunch Two with Freya Waley-Cohen reviews - Britten Sinfonia

At Lunch Two with Freya Waley-Cohen reviews

Reviews from the second At Lunch concert of the artistic year, featuring a new work, Spell Book, by Freya Waley-Cohen, in addition to her arrangement of Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder.

The Times

"[Rebecca Tamás's book 'Witch]... inspired Waley-Cohen to write music as wild, energised and volatile as her subject matter. There was a folk-dance feel at times, but also a manic freneticism, particularly in the (I think) sardonic final song, Spell for Logic, which recalled Shostakovich at his most unhinged. Not comfortable listening, but striking and superbly put over by the mezzo-soprano Katie Bray and the virtuoso principals of the Britten Sinfonia."