Tour of China – Phaedra

Shanghai Wuhan Beijing
06 – 12 May 2016

Purcell

Rondeau from Abdelazer Suite

Purcell arr. Nico Muhly

Let the night perish (Job's Curse)

Purcell

Dido's Lament

Tippett (after Purcell)

A Lament

Handel

Vieni o figlio from Ottone

Handel

Dopo Notte from Ariodante

Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Bach

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor

Britten

Phaedra

(c) Bernhard Musil/DG

Artists

Allison Cook

mezzo-soprano

Mahan Esfahani

harpsichord/director

Jacqueline Shave

violin/director

Summary

Britten’s final great masterpiece, written just before his death in 1976, is based on the dramatic legend Phaedra, a noblewoman who falls unrequitedly in love with her stepson, causes his death, and then takes her own life. Mezzo Allison Cook performs this taut, devastating work in addition to two arias composed by Handel.

Britten Sinfonia is joined too by award-winning Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, who plays a keyboard concerto by Bach in addition to the vital harpsichord part in the orchestral accompaniment to Phaedra.