5 October 2013, 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Bartók Béla National Concert Hall
Britten: Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal (movement omitted from the Serenade, op. 31)
Judith Weir: “I give you the end of a golden string” (2013;commissioned by the Britten-Pears Foundation)
Britten: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op. 10
Bridge: Three Idylls for String Quartet – transcription for string orchestra
Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, op. 31
Mark Padmore – tenor
Featuring: Stephen Bell – horn
Concertmaster: Pekka Kuusisto
It is not just Verdi and Wagner celebrating their bicentennials; 2013 is also the 100th anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten, a central figure in 20th century British classical music. His best known and most frequently performed works are the opera Peter Grimes and The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, but his oeuvre as a whole is considerably broader. In addition to works by Britten, this concert presents music from generations before and after the English composer: a work by his teacher and predecessor Frank Bridge, and the latest composition by Judith Weir, an acclaimed contemporary who has taken her own approach to perpetuating Britten’s style. The ensemble bringing all this to us is renowned for its fresh outlook and exciting performances. Formed in 1992, the Britten Sinfonia has an unusually flexible set-up: it has no permanent membership and does not function 365 days a year. Instead, its freelance musicians come together on a project-by-project basis, giving some 70 concerts annually. It has no principal conductor or artistic director, but instead invites different guest artists to guide each project. Currently working with the orchestra is Finland’s Pekka Kuusisto, whom UK daily The Guardian described as “a violinist whose rare gift is to become rather than perform the music he plays”.
This acclaimed chamber ensemble brings another guest artist to Budapest in the shape of Mark Padmore, who began his career as a discovery of William Christie and Philippe Herreweghe, primarily as a performer of Baroque works. Today he is known as one of Britain’s finest tenors, and an artist at home in every genre and style who provides audiences the world over with unparalleled concert experiences.
Presented by: Palace of Arts
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Prices: 3300, 4500, 5900, 6900, 9900 Ft