With Penny Gore.
Britten 100: The English Chamber Orchestra performs two works written for the tenor Peter Pears, including Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings. Plus a set of variations by multiple composers which marked the Queen's coronation in 1953.
Presented by Clemency Burton-Hill at Cadogan Hall, London.
Purcell, arr. Britten: Chacony
Lutoslawski: Paroles tissées
Berkeley, Britten, Oldham, Searle, Tippett & Walton: Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (Sellinger's Round)
Tansy Davies & John Woolrich: Variations on an Elizabethan Theme (Sellinger's Round) - new variations (BBC commission: world premiere)
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Ben Johnson (tenor)
Richard Watkins (horn)
English Chamber Orchestra
Paul Watkins (conductor)
To mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten, the English Chamber Orchestra focus on his evocative Serenade, together with one of his Purcell arrangments. The other two works in the programme are a set of songs which Lutoslawski composed for Peter Pears, and a set of Variations written collectively for the 1953 coronation. Britten contributed one variation, and the other composers were Lennox Bereley, Arthur Oldham, Humphrey Searle, Michael Tippett and William Walton. For this performance there are two special new additions to the set, by Tansy Davies and John Woolrich.