Britten Sinfonia
Past Event
Classical Music

Britten Sinfonia

Wed 11 Feb 2015

Barbara Hannigan soprano, conductor

Mozart Overture to La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Bella mia fiamma, addio K528
Haydn Symphony No.49, ‘La Passione’

Mozart Overture to Idomeneo
Stravinsky Act One, Scene Three from The Rake’s Progress
Stravinsky Pulcinella Suite

Festival favourite Britten Sinfonia returns with the sensational Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan in a programme that explores the classical inspiration of one of the 20th-century’s greatest composers. Stravinsky rediscovered the elegance and expressivity of classical forms in the 1920s; his works from this time on draw on the grace, economy and emotional restraint of classicism and nod towards the great composers of the 18th century.

This fascinating concert points out the parallels between the form and finesse of Stravinsky, Mozart and Haydn in a feast of virtuosic orchestral and vocal performance. From his earliest essay in neo-classicism (Pulcinella) to his most ambitious exploration of the style (The Rake’s Progress), Stravinsky’s music is balanced by masterpieces by Mozart alongside Haydn’s dark-toned and theatrical Symphony No. 49.

Noted for her extraordinary versatility and her intense stage presence, Barbara Hannigan is one of the world’s most revered interpreters of contemporary music, as well as an admired exponent of the Baroque and Classical repertory.

Redefining the scope of classical performance, she finds a perfect partner in Britten Sinfonia.

There is a free pre-show touch tour of the orchestra for visually impaired audience members.
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