Alan Gilbert Conducts a Benjamin Britten Celebration

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

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

Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in concert recorded during the 2014 centennial celebrations of English composer, conductor and pianist Benjamin Britten.

The program features Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings with tenor Michael Slattery and the orchestra's principal horn player Philip  Myers as soloists. The second half brings Britten’s Spring Symphony with soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, the New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker.

Program playlist:
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings
Britten: Spring Symphony

Comments [1]

Michael Weaver from Elizabethtown PA 17022

Was not the instrument for which Britten composed the Serenade for Tenor, Horns and Strings specifically a valve-less horn? That would explain some of the pitches which seem to be "almost mistakes." I have only heard this work once live but with a piano instead of the strings. Thanks for this splendid chance to hear it played and sung so magnificently.
Michael Ebersole Weaver

May. 18 2015 04:00 PM

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