Britten, Bernstein and America II
Saturday 9 Jun 2018 7pm
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
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BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson conductor
Pavel Kolesnikov piano
Claire Chase flute
Britten Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes 23′; Diversions for Piano Left Hand and Orchestra 30′
Bernstein Halil 16′
Copland Billy the Kid Suite 27′
(ends approx. 9.10pm)
Vast landscapes link Britten and Copland – cold ocean and sun-bleached prairie. Peter Grimes also unites Britten with Bernstein, who conducted the American premiere, and included the Sea Interludes in his last concert. Tremors and aftershocks of conflict are felt in Britten’s ebullient tour de force for a pianist who lost his right arm in service in World War I and Bernstein’s nocturne in tribute to a fallen Israeli soldier.
This performance will be recorded for future broadcast by BBC Radio 3
Main Image Credit: John Wood