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New York Philharmonic and Britten

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic, Thursday at 8:00 PM


Just about every imaginable assemblage of musicians has commemorated the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten this past season. It says something about the composer; though he’s not programmed with the frequency of Brahms or Dvorak, musicians feel strongly about Britten—and it hasn’t been limited to two or three pieces, but a broad representation of his work.

This week the New York Philharmonic gives voice to Britten’s Spring Symphony (appropriately on this first day of spring). Typical of so many Britten works, it is a vocal piece with a prominent tenor solo, in deference to his lifelong companion Peter Pears. The text comes from Edmund Spenser, John Clare and George Peele; there is also a portion by Britten’s friend, the great English poet W.H. Auden.

New York Philharmonic music director Alan Gilbert talks about why he chose this particular symphony:

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