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Britten, at once performer, composer and planner, was still the creative force behind the Aldeburgh Festival of the 1970s, despite his failing health. Andrew McGregor talks to Jenni Wake-Walker, Aldeburgh Festival Concerts Administrator at the time and Festival regular, countertenor James Bowman, about the special atmosphere of the Festival of those years.

Purcell: Symphony (The Fairy Queen, Part IV: Epithalamium)
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)

Purcell / Britten: Sweeter than roses
James Bowman (countertenor)
Benjamin Britten (piano)

Wolf: An eine Äolsharfe (Mörike Lieder)
Peter Pears (tenor)
Benjamin Britten (piano)

arr. Britten: The Salley Gardens
Peter Pears (tenor)
Benjamin Britten (piano)

Britten: Canticle V 'The Death of Saint Narcissus'
Peter Pears (tenor)
Osian Ellis (harp)

Rossini: La regata veneziana (Soireés musicales)
Heather Harper (soprano) and Janet Baker (mezzo)
Benjamin Britten (piano)

Schumann: Overture (Scenes from Goethe's Faust)
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor).

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