All Britten Program

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Benjamin Britten Benjamin Britten (Yousuf Karsh [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in an all-Britten program featuring Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, with Principal Horn Philip Myers and tenor Michael Slattery; and Spring Symphony with soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, the New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker.

Program details:

Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings

Britten: Spring Symphony

Comments [1]

Les from Miami, Florida

I have antithetical opinions about the two works. The "Serenade..." was performed extremely well by the solo horn called upon to produce natural overtones and the soloist. I think the mood of each poem is extraordinarily conveyed by its musical equivalent. The "Spring Symphony" seems to me more an austere ritual than a celebration on the whole; I don't catch the song in it. There's no doubt that Britten is a supreme master of setting English verse to music; and I think the same can be said of Ned Rorem.

Mar. 24 2014 06:58 AM

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