Benjamin Britten – A Time There Was
Published on 14 Nov 2012 by Oliver Drake
A film by Tony Palmer featuring extracts from:
Peter Grimes; Billy Budd; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; War Requiem; Curlew River; Death in Venice; Nocturne; Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.
Benjamin Britten; Peter Pears; Leonard Bernstein; Sviatoslav Richter; Janet Baker; Julian Bream; Heather Harper; Imogen Holst; John Shirley-Quirk; Rudolf Bing; Henry Moore; English Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Steuart Bedford.
Come to Canterbury Cathedral to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. Canterbury Festival 2013 will include Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and true to his ambition for the first ever performance (thwarted by Soviet Union visa control), we bring together a Russian soprano, a British tenor and a German bass. The original performance of Britten’s War Requiem did not include this powerful reconciliatory union but the original recording did.