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Britten pur – Chamber music in the Tischlerei

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Wagner, Verdi, Britten – In 2013 the Deutsche Oper Berlin will be focusing on the three great composers whose anniversaries will fall in that year. Where Wagner's and Verdi's works were largely confined to the opera stage, however, Benjamin Britten, born in 1913, was a universal composer whose masterpieces encompassed almost all musical genres. Britten's preferred forms, alongside opera, were chamber music and art songs, and it was these intimate works, often written for friends, that reveal the private side of the artist, which is why Donald Runnicles, General Music Director, and musicians of the Orchestra have been rehearsing some quintessential Britten pieces – a number of chamber music works and two of his art songs. These will be performed in the run-up to the 25th January premiere of PETER GRIMES, which is being staged by the Deutsche Oper Berlin to celebrate the life and work of the greatest British composer of opera. The programme will focus on pieces that have a connection to PETER GRIMES, works such as String Quartet No 2, “Lachrymae” for viola and piano and “A Charm of Lullabies”. Jana Kurucova, Mezzosoprano, and Donald Runnicles on the piano will also be performing excerpts from the “Purcell Collection”, Britten's versions of arias by the English baroque composer, Henry Purcell. As a composer, musician and adapter, Britten often embraced the music of bygone eras. Purcell, with whose music Britten felt a particular affinity, provided the basis not only for the “Collection” but also for Britten's best-known orchestral work, the “Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra”, likewise linked to PETER GRIMES.

Two rarely performed works will round off “very Britten” - the “Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury” for three trumpets and the “Phantasy Quartet” for oboe and strings, composed when Britten was 19 years old.

The Programme
Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
„Fanfare for St. Edmundsbury“ (1959) for three trumpets
„Phantasy Quartet” for oboe, violin, viola and violoncello
„A Charm of Lullabies“ for mezzo-soprano and piano
„Lachrymae“, Reflections on a song of John Dowland, op. 48 (1950) for viola and piano (1950)

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Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)
Songs for mezzo-soprano and piano from „The Purcell Collection” (Realizations by Benjamin Britten)
String quartet No 2 C Major op. 36

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„Peter Grimes“ , Opera in a prologue and three acts
Premiere on 25 January 2013 / Performances on 5, 9, 13, 15 February 2013
Opernwerkstatt: „Peter Grimes“ on 8 January 2013
Concert 28 May 2013
Benjamin Britten's Serneade for Tenor, Horn and Orchestra op. 31 et al.
Soloist: Klaus Florian Vogt / Conductor: Donald Runnicles