photo by Andrew Hurlbut
Great artists give free concerts at New England Conservatory—simply because they teach here.
Erica Washburn, conductor and vocal soloist, is the Director of Choral Activities at NEC. The mezzo-soprano offers a first look at NEC's fall Britten Centennial celebrations in this program that also features guest artists Pablo Bustos, tenor, pianist Damien Francoeur-Krzyzek, Luke Hsu, violin and Katherine Lee Althen, flute.
Britten's Canticle composed in 1952 between operas Billy Budd and Gloriana, tells the biblical story of Abraham and his son Isaac. The piece was written for Peter Pears and Kathleen Ferrier ( to whom the work is dedicated,) though her part is very often sung by a counter tenor. Many years later Britten drew on Canticle II when writing his War Requiem.
Gustav Holst: from Vedic Hymns, op. 24
Varuna I (Sky)
Varuna II (The Waters)
Johann Sebastian Bach: from Cantata 97: In allem meinem Taten
Johann Sebastian Bach: from Cantata 26: Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig
John D. Carter: Cantata
George Frideric Handel: from Jephtha, HWV 70
Accompagnato: Deeper and deeper still…
Aria: Waft her, angels, through the skies
Aria: His mighty arm
Benjamin Britten: Canticle II: Abraham and Isaac