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Britten Sinfonia: Curlew River

 

Martin Fitzpatrick directs the orchestra with Britten Sinfonia Voices and soloist Ian Bostridge.

Martin Fitzpatrick directs the orchestra, with Britten Sinfonia Voices and soloist Ian Bostridge, in Britten's Noh-inspired work.

Inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, Benjamin Britten's church parable is a once heard, never forgotten work. Ian Bostridge heads a starry cast alongside Britten Sinfonia Voices and musicians. Benjamin Britten and William Plomer's synthesis of a Noh play and Christian parable set in medieval East Anglia is a unique and extraordinary work - a piece shot through with the strange, exotic sounds of bells, un-tuned drums, organ and chamber ensemble. Curlew River sweeps audiences into a fascinating, unknown world portraying both Buddhist world views and Christian redemption beliefs. Celebrated tenor Ian Bostridge heads a starry cast to reprise his acclaimed interpretation of the Madwoman. The cast also includes bass-baritone Ashley Riches as the Ferryman, alongside Britten Sinfonia and the orchestra's own professional choir, Britten Sinfonia Voices, directed by Eamonn Dougan.