A set of variations on a ground bass – prefaces two English masterpieces. Often heard these days with a tenor soloist, Benjamin Britten wrote his song cycle with its brilliant illumination of Rimbaud poetry for Swiss soprano Sophie Wyss. After its hallucinatory restlessness, there’s a more serene tone to Vaughan Williams’ most radiant symphony, incorporating music from his opera The Pilgrim’s Progress. Andrew Manze has been making his mark with Vaughan Williams in Scotland; now he brings his symphonic approach to the SCO.
Britten: Les Illuminations
Purcell arr Manze: Prelude to the Bell Anthem, Z 46
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5
Andrew Manze: conductor
Sarah Fox: soprano
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