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Sunday 26 Apr 2020 7:00PM
If Music Be the Food of Love, Curse Me

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Sunday 26 Apr 2020 7:00PM


Queen Elizabeth Hall


If Music Be the Food of Love, Curse Me


Purcell Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens
Blow Suite from Venus and Adonis
Britten Serenade

Ian Bostridge tenor

Ian Bostridge joins us for a tour through tainted love with English music by Purcell, John Blow and Britten.


Do you find there’s something about love that’s always tinged with sadness?

Blame Venus, the bereaved goddess who cursed love so that it would forever be mixed with longing.

This concert tells a tale of tainted love through English music from across the ages.

Composed for the court of King Charles II, a suite from John Blow’s 17th-century opera <em>Venus and Adonis</em> explores Venus’ story with a distinctly English ambience.

From 250 years later, Britten’s Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings opens and closes with haunting horn solos, and sets poems by William Blake, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, John Keats and others to music.

It’s a journey through the night from the calm to the sinister, including Blake’s sombre reflection on love and death, The Sick Rose.

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