Concert commemorating the 100th Birthyday of Benjamin Britten
Canticle III: Stills Falls the Rain for tenor, horn and piano
Lachrymae, Reflections on a Song of John Dowland for viola and piano
Six Hölderlin-Fragmente for singing voice and piano
Sinfonietta op. 1
Six Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
“The bare facts of Britten’s life are simple. He was born in the east of England, moved away from home, gained a variety of experiences and returned to resume his creative life in his natural environment.” With these simple words, the Earl of Harewood (who worked as a music critic), introduced an over 400-page collection of essays published in 1952 devoted exclusively to the works of Benjamin Britten – an honour that was probably given to no other living composer before the completion of their fortieth year. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth on 22 November 1913, the British tenor Ian Bostridge performs the Canticle 3, based on a poem by Edith Sitwell, and the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings: “I think,” says Bostridge, “I have a great affinity for Britten’s music. And it suits my voice and my temperament, and I mean my dramatic temperament, too. Britten is creatively very subtle [...] because his musical language is always very ambiguous, his harmony is ambivalent.” Bostridge is accompanied by Julius Drake (piano) and members of the Berliner Philharmoniker. This concert also includes purely instrumental music: In addition to the Metamorphoses after Ovid for solo oboe, there is also Britten’s opus 48, Lachrymae for viola and piano – variations on the first phrase of John Dowland’s song “If my complaints could passions move” in which the composer develops the musical material of the original with great imagination.