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Britten, Bernstein and America I

Fri 8 Jun 7pm

From £5.00 to £38.00

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Part of Aldeburgh Festival

Friday 8 June 2018 - 7.00pm
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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson conductor
Robert Murray tenor
Cédric Tiberghien piano

Britten Sinfonia da Requiem 20′
Britten orch. Colin Matthews Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo 16′ (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere)
Copland Quiet City 10′
Bernstein Symphony No.2: The Age of Anxiety 36′

(ends approx. 9pm)

A striking programme encapsulating the conflicts and contradictions of Britten’s wartime experience of America, the relationships that took him there and echoes of home. His wordless requiem for his parents is both memorial and a pacifist protest. A new song cycle arrangement marries some of the most sensuous music Britten ever wrote with the full palette of orchestral colours.

Like Britten, Bernstein found inspiration in the words of W.D. Auden. The spirit of his era-defining Pulitzerwinning poem is brilliantly captured in a symphony for piano and orchestra.


This performance will be broadcast live by Radio 3 in Concert


Main Image Credit: John Wood

Venue Address:

Snape Maltings Concert Hall

Snape, Suffolk, IP17 1SP