Halle - Britten, Delius, Berlioz
Presented by Petroc Trelawny
Mark Elder conducts the Halle in music centred around England and Italy. Two contrasting nautical works open the programme, with Britten's Sea Interludes evoking the wind-swept East Anglian coast and rapidly changing moods. In one of Delius's biggest achievements, Sea Drift, the words by Walt Whitman become a great paean to life, love and loss, rolling in waves of sound from choir, orchestra and baritone soloist. The scene shifts to Italy for Berlioz's symphonic interpretation of Byron's poem about a young man seeking solace and distraction abroad. The viola player Lawrence Power takes the title role in this gripping wordless drama.
Britten: Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes
Delius: Sea Drift
Berlioz: Harold in Italy
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Lawrence Power (viola)
conductor Mark Elder
Followed by a performance by the Arcanto Quartet from a concert at Wigmore Hall, London:
Debussy: String Quartet.