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Andrew McGregor finds out about the 1970s Aldeburgh Festival from those who were there at the time Britten was still its creative force. With Jenni Wake-Walker and James Bowman.

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).

57 minutes

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Sat 23 Nov 2013 13:00

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