Britten Birthday Concert, part 1 - Les illuminations, Lachrymae
Live from the Wigmore Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
Nash Ensemble play Britten live from Wigmore Hall, conducted by Martyn Brabbins. They are joined by soloists Sandrine Piau, John Mark Ainsley, Richard Watkins and Lawrence Power for two of Britten's great early orchestral song cycles, as well as an early masterpiece for viola revisited by the composer at the very end of his life.
Britten: Les illuminations, Op.18
Britten: Lachrymae, Op.48a, for viola and strings
Sandrine Piau (soprano)
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Lawrence Power (viola)
Richard Watkins (horn)
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
Then at approx 9.15pm
Paul Lewis plays Schubert at the Wigmore Hall. One of the three great sonatas written by Schubert in the last months of his short life.
Schubert: Piano Sonata in A, D.959
Paul Lewis (piano)
(continued on Thursday at approx 9.20pm with the Sonata in B flat, D. 960).