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Britten 100: BBC SSO at the Concertgebouw

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a Britten centenary concert from Amsterdam, with soloists Eleanor Dennis, Kelley O'Connor and Andrew Staples.

Live from Concertgebouw, Amsterdam

Presented by Mary Ann Kennedy

Ilan Volkov conducts the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in a Britten centenary concert from Amsterdam.

Benjamin Britten's 'Spring Symphony' was first performed in the Amsterdam Concertgebouw in July 1949 and as part of international celebrations for Britten's centenary year, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and their Principal Guest Conductor Ilan Volkov travel to The Netherlands to perform the piece in this iconic venue. For this colourfully scored choral symphony the orchestra are joined by soloists Eleanor Dennis, Kelley O'Connor and Andrew Staples as well as the Dutch choirs of Laurens Cantorij and Laurens Collegium, Rotterdam, and the children of Kinderkoor Musicanti - from the Academy of Vocal Arts in The Hague.

The Spring Symphony is preceded by works which showcase the extent of Britten's technical mastery of the orchestra alongside a work by his teacher Frank Bridge. 'An American Overture' is a Copland-esque piece from 1941 inspired by Britten's travels in the States. The orchestra and tenor Andrew Staples perform the rarely heard and dramatic work Ballad of Heroes from 1939 with words from W. H. Auden and Randall Swingler. Benjamin Britten studied with Frank Bridge from 1927, later championing his music, and the first half concludes with his orchestral rhapsody 'Enter Spring'.

Britten: An American Overture
Britten: Ballad of Heroes
Bridge: Enter Spring

Interval c. 20.00

c. 20.20
Britten: Spring Symphony

Eleanor Dennis (soprano)
Kelley O'Connor (mezzo)
Andrew Staples (tenor)
Laurens Cantorij Rotterdam
Laurens Collegium Rotterdam
Kinderkoor Musicanti
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ilan Volkov (conductor).

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