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[The Guardian] Huddersfield contemporary music festival review – intrigues, frustrates and innovates

Works by Naomi Pinnock and Heinz Holliger were the highpoint of an opening weekend that also showcased Ann Cleare and Hanna Hartman.

If none of these pieces was a convincing example of a new voice that should be listened to, according to McKenzie’s prescription, what lingered most in the memory was the concert that launched the festival, which was one that could have graced any Huddersfield programme in the last 40 years. It was given by the Sonar Quartett and the soprano Juliet Fraser, and featured premieres of two works for voice and string quartet – I Am I Am, an HCMF commission from Naomi Pinnock and the first UK performance of Heinz Holliger’s Increschantüm, a song cycle from 2014 to Romansch texts by the Swiss poet Luisa Famos. Both in their different ways were hauntingly beautiful pieces.

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