John Wilson, conductor; Robert Murray, tenor; Cédric Tiberghien, piano
A striking programme encapsulating the conflicts and contradictions of Britten’s wartime experience of America, the relationships that took him there and echoes of home. His wordless requiem for his parents is both memorial and a pacifist protest. A new song cycle arrangement marries some of the most sensuous music Britten ever wrote with the full palette of orchestral colours.
Like Britten, Bernstein found inspiration in the words of W.D. Auden. The spirit of his era-defining Pulitzer winning poem is brilliantly captured in a symphony for piano and orchestra.
Part of the Aldeburgh Festival.