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Raymond Yiu, Britten and Shostakovich

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Robertson

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A spirit of youthful exuberance and invention animates a diverse programme of contemporary works from Britten, Shostakovich and Raymond Yiu.

Former BBC Symphony Orchestra Principal Guest Conductor David Robertson continues this season’s series of Shostakovich symphonies with the First. Written while the composer was still a student, its precocious brilliance is tempered by a sense of darkness and foreboding. The same youthful spirit animates The London Citizen Exceedingly Injured, with its skilful blend of popular style and symphonic scope. Martin Owen becomes the third section principal to step into the spotlight this season, as horn soloist in Britten’s enduringly popular song-cycle the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.


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Composer Focus – Episode 2: Benjamin Britten with Roderick Williams

In episode two, host Ed Seckerson is joined by baritone and composer Roderick Williams to discuss Benjamin Britten, a complex and often contradictory character, and one of the 20th century’s greatest opera composers.

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