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The Seckerson Tapes: Ian Bostridge

The Seckerson Tapes: Ian Bostridge

The tenor on Britten 100 and the long legacy of Peter Pears

Ian Bostridge

It comes as no surprise that international tenor Ian Bostridge plays a significant part in EMI and Virgin Classics‘ contribution to Britten 100. In this exclusive audio podcast he discusses the man, the music, the insecurities, the contradictions, the isolation that came with being a pacifist in time of war and a homosexual in a time of illegality.

Bostridge talks from first hand of Britten’s extraordinary gifts as a word-setter - a composer of songs and operas that define his special gifts and, of course, his inspirational union with Peter Pears, his muse, his, partner, his rock. Bostridge also analyses the Pears legacy and how it has impacted on generations of tenors in this repertoire and how those operas and the characters he wrote specifically for Pears were essentially about aspects of himself.

EMI and Virgin Classics are putting together a collection of new releases to celebrate Britten 100 and three brand new recordings feature Bostridge himself, which he introduces here: an album of Britten Songs with Antonio Pappano including “Winter Words” and the “Michelangelo Sonnets”; a new War Requiem from Pappano’s Santa Cecilia forces in Rome; and a live Rape of Lucretia from the Aldeburgh Festival 2011 conducted by Oliver Knussen.

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Bostridge talks from first hand of Britten’s extraordinary gifts as a word-setter

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