WHAT'S ON / Scottish Chamber Orchestra: Britten 100: II
at The Queen's Hall
Birtwistle: Carmen arcadiae mechanicae perpetuum
Suckling: storm, rose, tiger
Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings
Mozart: Symphony No 40
George Benjamin: Conductor; John Mark Ainsley: Tenor; Alec Frank-Gemmill: Horn
Britten was a powerful, Janus-like figure musically, always looking both to the past and the future. This concert celebrates that aspect of the great man by arriving at Mozart’s mighty 40th Symphony by way of two composers who have been associated with Britten’s Festival in Aldeburgh. Birtwistle’s brief Carmen arcadiae presents an intense, dramatic and punchy opening; and Britten surely would have admired Suckling’s absorbing and ambitious storm, rose, tiger. At the heart of the evening stands one of the greatest poetic masterpieces of all time; Britten’s own selection of verse on the theme of night and sleep, which he set with unforgettable brilliance. John Mark Ainsley, as fine an interpreter as you will find, is partnered by the SCO’s virtuoso Principal Horn, Alec Frank-Gemmill.
Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm (free to ticket holders) Composer Martin Suckling talks about his work and Benjamin Britten.