Britten 100: Oxford Bach Choir - Poulenc, Britten
Nicholas Cleobury conducts the Oxford Bach Choir and English Chamber Orchestra in a concert exploring rarely heard music by Britten, including a world premiere, and Poulenc.
Recorded in the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford
Presented by Penny Gore
Nicholas Cleobury, the Oxford Bach Choir and English Chamber Orchestra join forces with soprano Elizabeth Atherton in a concert which explores some rarely heard Britten - including the premiere of a work only recently re-discovered.
Beethoven: Overture 'Coriolan'
Britten: Ballad of Heroes
Britten: Two Psalms (world premiere)
Britten: The Building of the House
Mahler arr. Britten: What the Wild Flowers Tell Me
Elizabeth Atherton (soprano)
Oxford Bach Choir
English Chamber Orchestra
Nicholas Cleobury (conductor)
Launching 'Britten in Oxford' - a year-long celebration of the composer's music - Nicholas Cleobury, the Oxford Bach Choir and English Chamber Orchestra join forces with soprano Elizabeth Atherton in a concert which explores some rarely-heard choral works by Britten. These include his cantata Ballad of Heroes - composed in support of the Republican side in the Spanish Civil War, and The Building of the House - written to mark the opening of the Snape Maltings concert hall in 1967. Even more of a rarity is the world premiere of two recently-rediscovered psalm settings composed by Britten when he was still only in his late teens, but never performed. Completing the programme, music by two composers Britten admired: the second movement of Mahler's 3rd Symphony is performed in Britten's imaginative and witty re-orchestration for small orchestra, and the concert ends with the splendid Gloria by Britten's friend Francis Poulenc - a piece its composer described as 'a great choral symphony'.