Entries in Britten Sinfonia (45)


Britten Sinfonia: Mark Padmore sings Mahler 


Regular Britten Sinfonia collaborator Mark Padmore joins the orchestra in May for a mesmerising programme of Viennese song.  At its heart lies Mahler’s four captivating and haunting songs of love, loneliness and longing, Rückert-Lieder.  Mark Padmore comments:

“I first fell in love with Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder when I heard the late Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson perform them at Wigmore Hall with Roger Vignoles.  They are surely among the greatest songs of the 20th century – at once profound and simple, they are both utterly modern and completely timeless.  I am incredibly excited to be able to explore these wonderful songs in their orchestrated versions with the imaginative and fiercely committed Britten Sinfonia.”

The programme also features Padmore singing Webern’s elegant arrangements of Schubert Lieder, Webern’s own Five Movements Op.5 and concludes with Schubert’s sparkling Symphony No. 5, directed by Britten Sinfonia leader Jacqueline Shave.

Mark Padmore has been a regular collaborator with Britten Sinfonia over the past four seasons.  Concerts have included performances of Britten’s Nocturne, a sixteen date European tour featuring the premiere of a specially commissioned work for tenor and orchestra by Nico Muhly and a 2011 English Song programme with Finzi’s Dies Natalis at its heart.  Harmonia Mundi will release a new recording by Britten Sinfonia and Mark Padmore of Dies Natalis and Britten’s Nocturne and Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, featuring Stephen Bell on 7 May (UK)/8 May (USA). (HMU807552)

Friday 11 May at 7.30pm, St Andrew’s Hall, Norwich

Saturday 12 May at 7.30pm, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-upon-Avon

Wednesday 16 May at 7.30pm, West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Thursday 17 May at 7.30pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Saturday 19 May at 7.30pm, Brighton Dome, Concert Hall


Britten Sinfonia ‘At Lunch’ with Mark Padmore (27 April – 2 May)

Earlier in the month, Mark Padmore also takes centre stage for a series of Britten Sinfonia lunchtime concerts, featuring works by Vaughan Williams, Warlock and the premiere of The End, a new piece for chamber ensemble and tenor by Jonathan Dove, commissioned through donations from over 200 Britten Sinfonia supporters.  ‘At Lunch’ concerts take place

in the Assembly Rooms, Norwich (27 April), West Road Concert Hall Cambridge (1 May) and Wigmore Hall, London (2 May). *