Introducing Britten's Suite on English Folk Songs

A short introduction to Britten's Suite on English Folk Songs

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The LPO's Principal Conductor Vladimir Jurowski introduces Britten's orchestral music.



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Royal Festival Hall 2013/14

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'If we needed a single-programme testament to that special genius, this all-Britten celebration from Vladimir Jurowski and his London Philharmonic Orchestra was it. In addition to the two billed soloists, there were at least a dozen from within the orchestra who proved the point.'
David Nice, The Arts Desk, 3 October 2013

'The London Philharmonic Orchestra can be particularly proud of this concert, presenting four relatively rare works together and in such well-prepared, confident and revealing performances.'
Colin Anderson, Classical Source, 3 October 2013

'Soloist Truls Mørk turned in an instant from puckish speed and featheriness to a beautifully murmuring tenderness.'
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph, 3 October 2013

'After playing so perfectly prepared and beautifully detailed as this, the rest is noise indeed.'
Richard Fairman, Financial Times, 4 October 2013

'The LPO are an orchestra on fire at the moment'
Paul Kilbey, Bachtrack, 4 October 2013

From Darkness to Light

A celebration of the British composer in his centenary year.

7:30 PM, ​ Royal Festival Hall, London

Britten Prelude and Dances from The Prince of the Pagodas
Britten Suite on English Folk Tunes (A time there was)
Britten Nocturne
Britten Cello Symphony

Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Mark Padmore tenor
Truls Mørk cello

‘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.

Supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation

This concert is dedicated to the memory of John Cobb.

We're sorry that online booking is not currently available for this concert.  Please call the LPO ticket office on 020 7840 4242 or book online via Southbank Centre.  

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