BBC Symphony Orchestra
Saturday 15 Jun 2019 7:30pm
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
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Karina Canellakis conductor
Sarah Tynan soprano
Wagner Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde 17’
Britten Our Hunting Fathers 27’
Thomas Larcher Red and Green 22’
Stravinsky Suite, The Firebird (1919 version) 23’
Could there be two more arresting openings in all music than the restless rapture of Wagner’s operatic lovers and the ominous growls that herald Stravinsky’s century-old ballet score to a Russian folk-tale? They share with Thomas Larcher’s work a compressed energy and ravishing orchestral colours.
A festival debut for Karina Canellakis and a return for Sarah Tynan, who after her Les Illuminations in Struan Leslie’s 2016 Aldeburgh circus fantasy, sings a very different Britten cycle.
From the early months of a fruitful and prolific collaboration with WH Auden, Our Hunting Fathers is a gripping allegory, poet and composer attuned to nature’s savagery and the ominous world events of the late 1930s.
Photo credit: Mathias Bothor