Independent Opera

Reviews from the performances of Karl Amadeus Hartmann’s Simplicius Simplicissimus.

The Independent

"The Britten Sinfonia are the luxury band"

The Arts Desk

"This is a brave, furious protest from a composer who chose – and survived – "internal emigration"."

The Guardian

"Timothy Redmond conducts the Britten Sinfonia with considerable force"

Planet Hugill

"Under Timothy Redmond the Britten Sinfonia really relished Hartmann's music"

The New York Times

"It reflects what Hartmann would have absorbed as a young composer in the last days of Weimar Germany"

The Sunday Express

"It’s not a comfortable sound but, as Hartmann himself wrote, he intended to send “an urgent message” that is still sadly relevant today."

The Observer

"Timothy Redmond conducted the Britten Sinfonia with admirable commitment to Hartmann’s bracing score"