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John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the Aldeburgh Festival

John Wilson leads the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra in music by Britten, Copland and Bernstein from the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival with soloists Cedric Tiberghien and Robert Murray.

Live from Snape Maltings

Presented by Kate Molleson

John Wilson conducts the BBC SSO in music by Britten, Copland and Bernstein from the 2018 Aldeburgh Festival with soloists Cedric Tiberghien and Robert Murray.

Britten: Sinfonia da requiem
Britten (arr. Matthews): Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo

8.10 Interval

8.30
Copland: Quiet City
Bernstein: Symphony No 2 'The Age of Anxiety'

The Glasgow-based BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra take a trip to the English seaside, with their Associate Guest Conductor John Wilson, to perform music of love and angst by festival founder Benjamin Britten and two 20th century Americans: Aaron Copland and Leonard Bernstein.

The 2018 Aldeburgh Festival is reflecting Britten's wartime experiences in America, and in this concert alongside his often-heard Sinfonia da Requiem the orchestra are joined by tenor Robert Murray to perform a new orchestration of Britten's Seven Sonnets of Michaelangelo: love songs written during his self-imposed exile in America in the 1940s.

In the second half of the concert Copland's Quiet City preludes the complicatedly structured Second Symphony by Leonard Bernstein: one of many opportunities to hear his music in this, his anniversary year. Taking inspiration from the poems of W.H. Auden Bernstein creates a serious-minded symphony with the piano at its centre: a role originated by the composer himself, and taken this evening by Cedric Tiberghien.

2 hours, 59 minutes

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Sinfonia da requiem

    Conductor: John Wilson. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Michelangelo Sonnets

    Performer: Robert Murray. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Aaron Copland

    Quiet City

    Performer: Mark O'Keeffe. Performer: James Horan.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Symphony No 2 "The Age of Anxiety"

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien. Conductor: John Wilson.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No.9 'From The New World'

    Orchestra: Slovenská filharmónia. Conductor: Stephen Gunzenhauser.

Credit

Role Contributor
Performer BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

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