Continuing Radio 3's residency in Suffolk. The English Chamber Orchestra was Britten's 'house orchestra' at the Aldeburgh Festival. From shortly after its founding in 1960 until his death in 1976, Britten conducted it in a wide range of repertoire, performed chamber music with its principal players, and entrusted it with important premieres of both his and others' music.
Live from Snape Maltings Suzy Klein discusses the ECO's role as Britten's orchestra of choice with its manager at the time, Ursula Jones and its former cellist Anita Lasker-wallfisch.
Bridge: Sir Roger de Coverley
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)
Britten: Act II (excerpt) (A Midsummer Night's Dream)
Oberon - Alfred Deller (countertenor)
Tytania - Elizabeth Harewood (soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Debussy: Prélude à l'après midi d'un faune
Britten: Passacaglia (Cello Symphony)
Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)
Britten: Overture 'The Building of the House'
Chorus of East Anglian Choirs
Mozart: Rondo (Piano Concerto No 22 in E flat, K 482)
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Schubert: Der Hirt aus dem Felsen
Heather Harper (soprano)
Thea King (clarinet)
Benjamin Britten (piano)
Shostakovich: Lorelei (Symphony No 14, Op 135)
Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)
Mark Rezhetin (bass)
Mendelssohn: Overture 'The Hebrides' Op 26