Presented by Lucy Walker
This is one of a series of five remarkable vocal works composed between 1947-1975. Canticle IV: ‘ Journey of the Magi’, appears after a 17-year hiatus since Canticle III’s composition in 1954. (Britten had in 1962 attempted to compose a fourth Canticle, based on the unusual folk religious text ‘The Bitter Withy’, but the work was abandoned.) The composition of all five tended to follow major operatic projects – and this is no exception, appearing 5 months after Owen Wingrave. There is, however, no obvious connection between the two works; and in fact the vocal forces have more in common with Britten’s next and last opera, Death in Venice which strongly features solo tenor, counter-tenor and baritone. The singers for whom Canticle IV was written appeared in the first performance of Death in Venice in 1973.
IMAGE: PHOTOGRAPH OF PEARS SINGING BETWEEN BOWMAN, LEFT, AND SHIRLEY-QUIRK SINGING BRITTEN’S REALISATION OF PURCELL: WHEN THE COCK BEGINS TO CROW, DURING THE FESTIVAL OF FLANDERS. PHOTOGRAPHER: JAN NACKAERTS.
Aldeburgh Festival 2023 FilmRe-live the highlights of the 74th Aldeburgh Festival, a magical fortnight of music and culture on the Suffolk Coast ...
A Song at The Red House: 'Tell me the Truth About Love', by Benjamin BrittenSoprano Elise Caluwaerts performs one of Britten's cabaret songs, with a witty text by WH Auden. Accompanied by Lucy Walker on Britten's Steinway piano…
Work of the Week 24. Violin ConcertoPresented by Roger Wright