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Britten Birthday Concert

Duration:
2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 22 November 2012

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'

8.00 Interval

8.20
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)
Britten Sinfonia
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.

Music Played

12 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Britten Birthday Concert

    • Image for Henry Purcell
      00:00

      Henry Purcell Abdelazer, or The Moor's revenge - incidental music Z.570

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Henry Purcell
      00:01

      Henry Purcell Let the night perish (Job's curse) Z.191 for soprano, bass and continuo

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Henry Purcell
      00:08

      Henry Purcell Dido and Aeneas - opera in 3 acts Z.626

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Sir Michael Tippett
      00:12

      Sir Michael Tippett Divertimento on Sellinger's round for chamber orchestra

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for George Frideric Handel
      00:17

      George Frideric Handel Alcina - opera in 3 acts

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Alice COOTE - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Benjamin Britten
      00:34

      Benjamin Britten Prelude and fugue Op.29 for 18-part string orchestra

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Henry Purcell
      00:43

      Henry Purcell Chacony (Z.730) in G minor, arr. Britten for string orchestra

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Sir Michael Tippett
      00:50

      Sir Michael Tippett Little music for string orchestra

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Image for Benjamin Britten
      01:00

      Benjamin Britten Phaedra - cantata Op.93 for mezzo-soprano, str, perc, cello and hpcd

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Alice COOTE - Mezzo-soprano Performer: Britten Sinfonia

  • Interval

  • Image for George Frideric Handel
    00:01

    George Frideric Handel Suite no. 5 in E major HWV.430 for keyboard - 1720

    Performer: Sviatoslav RICHTER - Piano

    EMI, 5693372

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach
    00:14

    Johann Sebastian Bach Prelude and fugue from Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, bk.1 no. 4 in C sharp minor BWV.849

    Performer: Sviatoslav RICHTER - Piano

    RCA, GD-60949

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