Monday, April 18, 2016

Spring

In some ways, this feels to me like the first real day of spring, and in honor of that feeling, here's Britten's spring symphony.
Some information about it here:
Commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Spring Symphony is, in Britten’s words, ‘a symphony not only dealing with the Spring itself but with the progress of Winter to Spring and the reawakening of the earth and life which that means’. A hybrid work – part symphony, part oratorio and part song-cycle – the large forces provide a flexible resource for a number of smaller combinations that change for each setting. Everyone comes together in the ‘May-day festival’ finale, crowned by the boys’ choir’s marvellously raucous rendition of the traditional English song, Sumer is icumen in.

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