Britten 10020131124

Live from Snape Maltings, Suzy Klein is joined by composer Colin Matthews, who helped Britten complete his final opera 'Death in Venice', to talk about the influence of gamelan in Britten's music and the developing artistic relationship with Peter Pears.

Music to include:

Colin McPhee: Balinese Ceremonial Music

Pemúngkah (Overture to Shadow-play); Gambangan (Intermezzo)

Colin McPhee and Benjamin Britten (piano)

Britten: Variation VII 'At Night' (The Turn of the Screw)

Peter Pears (Quint)

David Hemmings (Miles)

English Opera Group Orchestra

Benjamin Britten (conductor)

Britten: Act 2, Scene 2 (excerpt) (The Prince of the Pagodas)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden

Britten: Death in Venice (excerpts)

Peter Pears (Gustav von Aschenbach)

Iris Saunders (Strawberry Seller)

English Opera Group Chorus

English Chamber Orchestra

Steuart Bedford (conductor).

Programme Catalogue - Details: 08 January 199619960108

Producer: A.


Previous in series: 04 December 1995

Broadcast history

08 Jan 1996 19:30-21:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-12-11.

Producer: A. GATEHOUSE

Programme Catalogue - Station

Radio 3

01Britten 10020131123

Britten, at once performer, composer and planner, was still the creative force behind the Aldeburgh Festival of the 1970s, despite his failing health. Andrew McGregor talks to Jenni Wake-Walker, Aldeburgh Festival Concerts Administrator at the time and Festival regular, countertenor James Bowman, about the special atmosphere of the Festival of those years.

Purcell: Symphony (The Fairy Queen, Part IV: Epithalamium)

English Chamber Orchestra

Benjamin Britten (conductor)

Purcell / Britten: Sweeter than roses

James Bowman (countertenor)

Benjamin Britten (piano)

Wolf: An eine Äolsharfe (Mörike Lieder)

Peter Pears (tenor)

arr. Britten: The Salley Gardens

Britten: Canticle V 'The Death of Saint Narcissus'

Osian Ellis (harp)

Rossini: La regata veneziana (Soireés musicales)

Heather Harper (soprano) and Janet Baker (mezzo)

Schumann: Overture (Scenes from Goethe's Faust)

02Britten 10020131123

Continuing Radio 3's residency in Suffolk. The English Chamber Orchestra was Britten's 'house orchestra' at the Aldeburgh Festival. From shortly after its founding in 1960 until his death in 1976, Britten conducted it in a wide range of repertoire, performed chamber music with its principal players, and entrusted it with important premieres of both his and others' music.

Live from Snape Maltings Suzy Klein discusses the ECO's role as Britten's orchestra of choice with its manager at the time, Ursula Jones and its former cellist Anita Lasker-wallfisch.

Bridge: Sir Roger de Coverley

Benjamin Britten (conductor)

Britten: Act II (excerpt) (A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Oberon - Alfred Deller (countertenor)

Tytania - Elizabeth Harewood (soprano)

London Symphony Orchestra

Debussy: Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune

Britten: Passacaglia (Cello Symphony)

Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

Britten: Overture 'The Building of the House'

Chorus of East Anglian Choirs

Mozart: Rondo (Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat, K 482)

Sviatoslav Richter (piano)

Schubert: Der Hirt aus dem Felsen

Heather Harper (soprano)

Thea King (clarinet)

Benjamin Britten (piano)

Shostakovich: Lorelei (Symphony No 14, Op 135)

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

Mark Rezhetin (bass)

Mendelssohn: Overture 'The Hebrides' Op 26