Wed 6 Nov to Sat 9 Nov

Barbican Britten: Phaedra, Barbican Centre, London

Lachrymae, Holderlin Fragments, Phaedra, Illuminations

£16 - £35

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Part of Barbican Britten, a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary

Barbican Britten: Phaedra

Music performed live onstage by

Britten Sinfonia, A Barbican Associate Ensemble
Pekka Kuusisto violin / viola / director
Allison Cook soprano
Robin Tritschler tenor
Christopher Glynn piano

As a young boy Richard Alston first heard the music of Benjamin Britten and was ‘overwhelmed, not just by its incredible beauty but by the eloquent setting of the words’.

In this diverse and stirring evening of Britten’s music, three out of the four dances involve the sung word - the taut drama in Racine’s Phaedra contrasting with the succinctly intimate poetry of Holderlin Fragments, (both dances receiving their Barbican co-commissioned world premiere) and the sheer exhilaration of Illuminations - wild imagery from the words of Rimbaud taken to giddy heights by Britten’s inspired settings.

Also performed is the quietly tender Lachrymae for viola and string orchestra, and in all these works  the Britten Sinfonia, the violist/director Pekka Kuusisto, the singers and the dancers are all on stage together, in a unique and exciting collaboration - a truly equal meeting of music and dance.

Phaedra and Holderlin Fragments commissioned by the Barbican

Times: 7.45 pm
Venue: on tour