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0120030921In the first of two programmes marking the thirtieth anniversary of W H Auden's death, Simon Russell Beale introduces a selection of Auden's poems from the late 1930s, interwoven with musical settings of his work by Benjamin Britten and Lennox Berkeley.
Britten: On This Island: Let The Florid Music Praise! Philip Langridge (tenor) Steuart Bedford (piano) Berkeley: Five Poems: Lauds Philip Langridge (tenor) Steuart Bedford (piano) Britten: When You're Feeling Like Expressing Your Affection Della Jones (mezzo) Steuart Bedford (piano) Britten: Our Hunting Fathers: Rats Away! Ian Bostridge (tenor) Britten Sinfonia Daniel Harding (conductor) Britten: On This Island: Nocturne Peter Pears (tenor) Benjamin Britten (piano) Britten: Spring Symphony Part 2: Out On The Lawn I Lie In Bed Janet Baker (mezzo) Andre Previn (conductor) Britten: On This Island: As It Is, Plenty Philip Langridge (tenor) Steuart Bedford (piano).
02 LAST20030928In the second of two programmes marking the thirtieth anniversary of W H Auden's death, Simon Russell Beale introduces a selection of Auden's poems from the time of his move to America.
Benjamin Britten was also living in the States during the early war years, and today's programme features collaborations between the two, and settings of Auden's work by Henze and Bernstein.
Britten: Cabaret songs: Calypso Della Jones (mezzo) Steuart Bedford (piano) Britten: Excerpt from Paul Bunyan, Hymn, Act 2 Kenneth Cranham (speaker) Susan Gritton (soprano) Timothy Robinson (tenor) Royal Opera Chorus Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Richard Hickox (conductor) Britten: Cabaret songs: Tell me the truth about love Jill Gomez (soprano) Martin Jones (piano) Henze: In Memoriam LKA 1950-52 Ian Bostridge (tenor) Julius Drake (piano) Bernstein: Symphony No.
2 (The Age of Anxiety) Excerpt: The Masque Philippe Entremont (piano) New York Philharmonic Leonard Bernstein (conductor) Britten: Hymn for St Cecilia Part III The Monteverdi Choir John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).

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