Allan Clayton, Julius Drake, 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.
Canticle I: My Beloved Is Mine and I Am His for high voice and piano op. 40
Text: Frances Quarles
Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac for alto, tenor and piano op. 51
Text: Chester Mystery Play
Canticle III: Still Falls the Rain for tenor, horn and piano op. 55
Text: Edith Sitwell
Canticle IV: The Journey of the Magi for countertenor, tenor, baritone and piano op. 86
Text: T.S. Eliot
Canticle V: The Death of Narcissus for tenor and harp op. 89