Britten and Bridge

Sun 16 Jun 4pm

From £5.00 to £22.00

Britten Studio

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Sunday 16 June 2019 - 4.00pm

Priority booking for Annual Donors from Tuesday 15 January, Friends from Tuesday 29 January, and Advanced Booking list (including e-ABL) from Tuesday 12 February. General booking opens on Tuesday 19 February at 10am. Find out more about joining us and priority booking.

Adrian Brendel cello
Joanna MacGregor piano
Marta Fontanals-Simmons mezzo-soprano

Britten Sonata 18’
Imogen Holst The Fall of The Leaf for solo cello 9’
Harvey Songs and Haikus (UK premiere) 10’
Curve with Plateaux 12′
Britten Folk Songs
Bridge Sonata 22’

MacGregor and Brendel offer us intimate music for cello and piano by Britten, his teacher, his assistant and his younger colleague. Large-scale sonatas bookend the programme – Britten’s punchy, richly characterised work written for his new friend Rostropovich to premiere at the 1961 Aldeburgh Festival, and Frank Bridge’s achingly beautiful piece of late-Romantic wistfulness composed during WWI.

In between, Imogen Holst’s cello solo alternates between plangent beauty and pizzicato passages aimed at sounding ‘like the lute of our friend Julian Bream’. Mezzo Fontanals-Simmons sings Britten Folksongs and songs by Jonathan Harvey.

Photo credit: Emile Holba

Venue Address:

Britten Studio
Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP