Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Alan Gilbert leads the New York Philharmonic in an all-Britten program featuring Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, with Principal Horn Philip Myers and tenor Michael Slattery; and Spring Symphony with soprano Kate Royal, mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, the New York Choral Artists directed by Joseph Flummerfelt, and Brooklyn Youth Chorus directed by Dianne Berkun-Menaker.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Elliott Forrest co-hosts with Chamber Music Society's Co-Artistic Director David Finckel a weekly hour of live performances from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. This week features a an all-Britten program that focuses on the works of his youth. Performers include the Orion and Escher String Quartets.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
For this New Sounds, listen to some of "Heroic Weather," – from Alexander Desplat’s score to "Moonrise Kingdom," where every instrument is identified as it enters, much in the same way that Benjamin Britten does in his “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra.” That will probably bring to mind Sergei Prokofiev’s "Peter & the Wolf," (another popularly used score in children’s music education) so perhaps we’ll also hear something from that classic work. Plus, listen to some of Mike Oldfield's “Tubular Bells” where Vivian Stanshall formally announces each instrument as it joins the mix, towards the end of the piece. All these, and more.
Monday, February 03, 2014
Hear music from Carla Kihlstedt and Matthias Bossi, inspired by Bossi’s mother’s recollection of the destruction wrought by Hurricane Carol in 1954 on this New Sounds. Then there’s a musical warning from the Australian band Coolangubra, along with an excerpt from Ted Hearne’s “Katrina Ballads.” Also, listen to music from Alexander Desplat and Benjamin Britten’s score to “Moonrise Kingdom,” where the pivotal scene takes place as a hurricane sweeps through the island off the New England coast.
Sunday, December 15, 2013
This centennial celebration of Britten features the New England Conservatory Chamber Chorus, led by Erica Washburn, the NEC Brass Ensemble and the Back Bay Ringers.
Monday, November 25, 2013
The major Britten centennial event in New York on Friday was a concert version of Peter Grimes. The performers went for broke at every dramatic opportunity, writes David Patrick Stearns.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
By Amanda Angel
On Friday, Benjamin Britten would have turned exactly 100 years old. Here are five ways to celebrate his life and legacy, including special programming on WQXR.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
On Friday, Nov. 22, Q2 Music presents Great Britten – a 24-hour marathon celebrating the centennial of British composer Benjamin Britten, hosted by Nico Muhly and including a star-studded roster of Britten enthusiasts.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Chamber Music Society, this week, combines the work of two very different composers, each beloved in his own time and place, into a coherent whole. In Benjamin Britten’s Canticle, in which two singers tell the biblical story of Abraham and Isaac, he not only captures the essence of Abraham’s predicament, but does it with the quintessential English voice that made him — in the opinion of many — the greatest English composer of the modern age. An early piano trio by Antonin Dvorák, who at the time was striving to perfect his craft to the standards of his German mentor Johannes Brahms, nevertheless breathes the unmistakable Bohemian air that still transports Dvorák’s listeners to the Town Square of the composer’s beloved home, the city of Prague.
Tuesday, September 03, 2013
By Brian Wise
Great Britain is minting a new 50 pence coin to commemorate the centenary of the birth of composer Benjamin Britten.