Britten-Pears Alumni II
Friday 26 June 11am (ends approx. 12.30pm)From £6.50 to £16.00
Part of Aldeburgh Festival
Much of this anthology of English language song and verse has sleep, dreams and the nocturnal world running through it like a moonlit path. Britten’s lullabies are hardly restful – they startle as often as they soothe.
Night-time thoughts had clearly occupied the teenage Britten too in his choice of Walter de la Mare poems. They show a skilful assimilation of the worlds of English art song and folksong absorbed by Warlock, Grainger and Vaughan Williams whose four late songs include a poem depicting the composer himself asleep.
Butterworth’s settings of Housman’s revered poetry capture its darkly elegiac mood, the composer’s death in wartime action only amplifying its delicate poignancy.
Booking opens on Tuesday 18 February at 10am
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Lauren Decker contralto
Paul Grant baritone
Natalie Burch piano
Britten Tit for Tat 9’
Wordsworth Three songs 6’
Warlock Sleep & Pretty Ring Time 4’
Butterworth A Shropshire Lad 14’
Vaughan Williams Four Last Songs 10’
Linden Lea 3’
Grainger Willow, Willow 4’
When I set out for Lyonesse 4’
Britten A Charm of Lullabies 13’