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Britten Birthday Concert

Live from the Wigmore Hall, a Britten birthday concert, featuring works by Purcell, Muhly, Tippett, Handel and Britten himself. With the Britten Sinfonia and mezzo Alice Coote.

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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Britten Birthday Concert

    • Henry Purcell

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

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Henry Purcell

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

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Henry Purcell

      Dido and Aeneas - opera in 3 acts Z.626

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Michael Tippett

      Divertimento on Sellinger's round for chamber orchestra

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • George Frideric Handel

      Alcina - opera in 3 acts

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

    • Benjamin Britten

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

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Henry Purcell

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

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • Michael Tippett

      Little music for string orchestra

      Conductor: Jacqueline SHAVE Performer: Britten Sinfonia

    • 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

  • George Frideric Handel

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

    Performer: Sviatoslav RICHTER - Piano

    • EMI.
    • 5693372.
  • 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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