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Allan Clayton, Julius Drake, Dame Harriet Walter, Christopher Lowrey, George Humphreys, Ben Goldscheider, Aline Khouri

Written over a period of more than 25 years, Benjamin Britten’s Canticles are based on a wide range of literary sources that held deep spiritual and religious meaning for the composer.

Tenor Allan Clayton and pianist Julius Drake are joined by an extraordinary ensemble of musicians and an actor for this unusual Lied und Lyrik program to present all five works—in words and music—in a single evening.

Benjamin Britten
Canticle I: My Beloved Is Mine and I Am His for high voice and piano op. 40
Text: Frances Quarles

Benjamin Britten
Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac for alto, tenor and piano op. 51
Text: Chester Mystery Play

Benjamin Britten
Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain for tenor, horn and piano op. 55
Text: Edith Sitwell

Benjamin Britten
Canticle IV: The Journey of the Magi for countertenor, tenor, baritone and piano op. 86
Text: T.S. Eliot

Benjamin Britten
Canticle V: The Death of Narcissus for tenor and harp op. 89
Text: T.S. Eliot

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Participating artists
Allan Clayton
Julius Drake
Christopher Lowrey
George Humphreys
Ben Goldscheider
Aline Khouri
Dame Harriet Walter