thus saw Russian music as an exotic "Other," attractive but distant enough to remain a "non-threatening" influence (p.
But the letters do add revealing nuance to existing studies of Britten
and Pears: Britten
's periodic bouts of depression (the composer feeling at 'the bottom of the well' in 1949); the process of their gradual accommodation with the British establishment from the 1950s onwards, which also saw the development of the Aldeburgh Festival as 'a real centre' (Britten
to Pears, 18 July 1963) of cultural activity on their own terms; and a shared love of churches and cathedrals, which saw Pears on his knees in Durham Cathedral 'almost in tears' on a Wednesday morning in 1944; and Britten
's keen interest in the possibilities of televised opera in the late 1950s.
As the art historian Frances Spalding observes, Britten
had not been in favour of the two-studio system in which Billy Budd was recorded, where, by necessity, there was a physical separation between the orchestra (conducted by Charles Mackerras) in one area and singers in another (Spalding 431).
Barry-born tenor Robert Tear, who worked closely with Britten
, said of him: "There was a great, huge abyss in his soul.
created his Four Sea Interludes out of the score for his opera Peter Grimes, but they work well in isolation and the Phil attacked them with panache and a visual, visceral sweep, especially the evocative hustle and bustle of Sunday Morning, and the wild squall and insistent syncopation of the final Storm, while there was a lovely glowing crescendo through the Moonlight section.
Award-winning Opera North is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten
with a series of his productions over the week.
100 celebrates the centenary of the composer Benjamin Britten
, who was born on November 22, 1913, It encompasses over 1,500 performances in more than 140 cities around the world from September 2012 to August 2014, and is coordinated by the Britten
Ralls's memoir is not the first "first-person" account of Britten
to appear in Opera Canada.
There is, as the title suggests, a generous helping of Britten
Middlesbrough Council is organising the Big Britten
Birthday Bash, which will see pupils from eight local primary schools sing out in memory of the famous composer and conductor.
DON'T MISS YOUR 24-PAGE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE - EVERY FRIDAY Premiere Britain TOWN HALL, BIRMINGHAM THE world premiere of a piece of work written by composer Benjamin Britten
when he was just 13 years old will be performed by students in Birmingham on Friday.
THE big birthday party celebrating the life and music of British composer Benjamin Britten
is about to spill over to Stratford.