Benjamin Britten Special

Lisa Flynn

In celebration of the centenary (November 22) of Benjamin Britten – who said that music “has the beauty of loneliness and of pain: of strength and freedom” – WFMT presents a two hour documentary in which leading Britten authorities and performers, many who knew and worked with the composer, reflect on the inspirations behind his art and his communicative power as musician and man. Among the contributors are soprano Phyllis Curtin, tenor Ian Bostridge, baritones John-ShirleyQuirk (for whom Britten specifically wrote a number of operatic roles), Thomas Hampson, SirThomas Allen and Simon Keenlyside, bass Sir John Tomlinson, pianist and accompanist GrahamJohnson, conductor Steuart Bedford, members of the English Chamber Orchestra and LondonSymphony Orchestra, and Director of the Britten-Pears Foundation, Richard Jarman.