BBC Symphony Orchestra at Aldeburgh Festival
Tristan and Isolde – Prelude and Liebestod
Our Hunting Fathers, Op 8
Red and Green
The Firebird Suite
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Could there be two more arresting openings in all music than the restless rapture of Wagner’s operatic lovers and the ominous growls that herald Stravinsky’s century-old ballet score to a Russian folk-tale? They share with Thomas Larcher’s work a compressed energy and ravishing orchestral colours.
A Aldeburgh Festival debut for Karina Canellakis and a return for Sarah Tynan, who after her Les Illuminations in Struan Leslie’s 2016 Aldeburgh circus fantasy, sings a very different Britten cycle.
From the early months of a fruitful and prolific collaboration with WH Auden, ‘Our Hunting Fathers’ is a gripping allegory, poet and composer attuned to nature’s savagery and the ominous world events of the late 1930s.