Prelude and Dances from The Prince of the PagodasBritten
Suite on English Folk Tunes (A time there was)Britten
Cello SymphonyVladimir Jurowski
‘Write for the cello everything that your heart tells you’, said the great Mstislav Rostropovich when asking Britten for a new work for his instrument. Britten responded with music of fraught intensity but also of optimism – his only piece of ‘absolute’ symphonic music and an inspiring journey from darkness to light. At the end of his career Britten turned once more to an enduring theme: the corruption of innocence and the recollection of times lost. His Suite on English Folk Tunes
is a gentle but touching act of homage to both the country in which he felt so rooted and the tradition of folksong to which he owed so much.
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Select a link below to listen to selected movements from this concert (Flash Player opens in a new window).Britten: The Prince of the Pagodas - PreludeBritten: Suite on English Folk Tunes (A time there was) - II. The Bitter WithyBritten: Suite on English Folk Tunes (A time there was) - III. Hankin BoobyBritten: Nocturne, Op. 60 - II. below the thunders of the upper deepBritten: Nocturne, Op. 60 - VI. She sleeps on soft last breathsBritten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 - I. Allegro maestosoBritten: Symphony for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 68 - III. AdagioYou may also like:Britten
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