BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra John Wilson conductor Robert Murray tenor Cedric Tiberghien piano Britten Sinfonia da Requiem Britten orch. Colin Matthews Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo (Aldeburgh Festival commission, world premiere) Copland Quiet City Bernstein Symphony No.2: The Age of Anxiety 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 Pulitzerwinning poem is brilliantly captured in a symphony for piano and orchestra.

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