Britten Birthday Concert
Live from the WigmoreHall, London
Presented by Katie Derham
Britten Birthday Concert, live from Wigmore Hall, featuring works by Purcell, Muhly, Tippett, Handel and Britten himself. Britten Sinfonia is joined by mezzo Alice Coote
Purcell: Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite
Purcell arr. Muhly: Let the night perish (Job's Curse)
Purcell arr. Stokowski: Dido's Lament from 'Dido and Aeneas'
Tippett: Lament from Divertimento on 'Sellinger's Round'
Handel: Selection of arias from Alcina
Britten: Prelude and Fugue, Op.29
Purcell arr. Britten: Chacony in G minor
Tippett: Little Music for strings
Britten: Phaedra, Op.93
Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)
Jaqueline Shave (director)
Richard Hetherington (conductor, Phaedra)
For what would have been the composer's 99th birthday, acclaimed British mezzo-soprano Alice Coote joins Britten Sinfonia in a celebration of English music by, influential to and connected with Benjamin Britten.
Coote performs a selection of arias from Handel's mystical opera, Alcina, as well as Britten's late cantata Phaedra - inspired by Handel's dramatic cantatas and cast for devastatingly economical forces.