Thursday, November 14, 2013
Britten (Enough Already)
Yet more Benjamin Britten. This time four works performed by the China Youth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lionel Friend, at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. Three of the pieces I'd never heard before, but the Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra is familiar to most - if only the opening refrain, based on something by Purcell. It was originally written for a documentary film called Instruments of the Orchestra in 1946 and then forever associated with children's music education. We had a copy of the LP at home (the exact one pictured left) and it would be played, occasionally, along with Carnival of the Animals and Peter and the Wolf, for our musical edification, as a break from The Beatles or watching Top Cat.