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Episode 2

With Katie Derham. Featuring the Ulster Orchestra performing music by Britten live in Belfast, plus works by Berg and Grace Williams.

Katie Derham presents a week celebrating the music of Benjamin Britten in his centenary year and launching a month-long series of British symphonies in Afternoon on 3.

Today's programme starts with the Ulster Orchestra live in concert from Belfast: an all-Britten concert featuring concertante works and his ever-popular Simple Symphony. There's more concertante Britten from the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, plus music by the Austrian composer Britten wanted to study with (but never did), Alban Berg, and by his friend Grace Williams.

Britten: Two Portraits
Britten, arr. Colin Matthews: Temporal Variations
Britten: Lachrymae
Britten: Simple Symphony
Christopher Blake (oboe),
Philip Dukes (viola),
Ulster Orchestra,
Michael Francis (conductor).

Berg: 7 Early Songs
Ruby Hughes (soprano),
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
David Parry (conductor).

Britten/Colin Matthews: Movements for a Clarinet Concerto
Olli Leppäniemi (clarinet),
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra,
Joshua Weilerstein (conductor).

Grace Williams: Symphony No. 2
BBC National Orchestra of Wales,
Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Alban Berg

    7 Early songs

  • Benjamin Britten

    Movements from a Clarinet Concerto, orch. Colin Matthews

  • Grace Williams

    Symphony no. 2