Tag Archives: Benjamin Britten

Silence is Golden

Silence is Golden Death in Venice, reviewed by Leslie Jones Death in Venice; opera in two acts (17 scenes), music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by Myfanwy Piper after the novella by Thomas Mann, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House and … Continue reading

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Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea

Alone on a Wide, Wide Sea Review of Billy Budd, opera in two acts, music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by E M Forster and Eric Crozier, conducted by Ivor Bolton, directed by Deborah Warner, Royal Opera, 23rd April 2019, reviewed … Continue reading

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Acts of Mutilation

Acts of Mutilation ENO, War Requiem, music by Benjamin Britten, conducted by Martyn Brabbins, soloists soprano Emma Bell, baritone Roderick Williams, tenor David Butt Philip, text from the Missa pro Defunctis and the poems of Wilfred Owen, 16thNovember 2018, directed … Continue reading

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Aldeburgh Festival 2018

Aldeburgh Festival 2018 Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Suffolk, concert given on Friday 8th June, reviewed by TONY COOPER The ongoing theme in this year’s Aldeburgh Festival (the 71st) focuses on Britten and America reflecting the year of 1948 when the … Continue reading

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The Aldeburgh Festival 2018

  The Aldeburgh Festival 2018 Tony Cooper previews the programme Founded by Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and Eric Crozier in 1948, the Aldeburgh Festival goes from strength to strength and this year runs from Friday 8th to Sunday 24th June. … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, 7th October 2017

ENDNOTES, 7th October 2017 Frank Bridge Cello Sonata etc. at Music@Malling, reviewed by STUART MILLSON ‘Music is always important but even more so in difficult times. It brings people together to share what is good and enduring and underscores what we … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES, July 17, 2015

ENDNOTES, July 17, 2015 In this edition: BBC Symphony Orchestra at the 2015 Aldeburgh Festival * New Nielsen symphony cycle from Chandos Had the homesick Benjamin Britten, during his early wartime sojourn in North America, not discovered a volume of … Continue reading

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War Requiem

Benjamin Britten, War Requiem, Royal Albert Hall, Sunday 10th November: Semyon Bychkov, conductor, Sabina Cvilak, soprano, Allan Clayton, tenor, Roderick Williams, baritone, BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus, Crouch End Festival Chorus, The Choristers of Westminster Abbey Britten told … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES – Great Britten remembered

Great Britten remembered Benjamin Britten, A Life in the Twentieth Century Paul Kildea, Allen Lane, 660 pps, hb, £30 This year, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Benjamin Britten is being commemorated, and I doubt that there is … Continue reading

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ENDNOTES – Letter from Aldeburgh

ENDNOTES Letter from Aldeburgh STUART MILLSON reports on Peter Grimes at the Aldeburgh Festival Dear Ben, I can feel the special magic that the Festival instils into music, country side, sea side and people! And it is all because Peter … Continue reading

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