28. Crespo Series

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Morton Lichter, a great friend of the Festival

Time and date

Monday 27 June 2022

2:00 pm

3:00 pm

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Britten wrote five Canticles over a period of thirty years, the first ones coinciding with his time of greatest success with his operatic masterpieces and the founding of the Aldeburgh Festival. The first Canticle is the only one to have a direct link to the Biblical Song of Solomon, being a setting of the seventeenth century elaboration of My Beloved is mine and I am his. Still Falls the Rain is taken from Edith Sitwell's The Canticle of the Rose, whose dark, war-laden text is an allegory of Christ's passion, a text that conveys courage and light seen through horror and darkness. Both Canticle III and the Schubert song call upon a horn to join singer and pianist. Vaughan Williams summons a string quartet to add body and drama to the six pastoral poems by A.E.Housman that open with a storm on Wenlock Edge.

Admission: €15

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Composer Work Artist(s)
Britten Canticle I 'My beloved is mine' Julius Drake Nicholas Mulroy
Schubert Auf dem Strom D.943 Alec Frank-Gemmill Julius Drake Nicholas Mulroy
Britten Canticle III 'Still falls the rain' Alec Frank-Gemmill Julius Drake Nicholas Mulroy
Michael Berkeley A Time of Rapture - WORLD PREMIERE Lotte Betts-Dean Julius Drake
Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge Hill Quartet Julius Drake Nicholas Mulroy
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