BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Britten to America – video interview with Sir Mark Elder

Gramophone Magazine:

As his centenary year draws to a close, we can look back at some wonderful new recordings of Britten's music: Philip Hingham’s disc of the Cello Suites (Delphi an), Oliver Knudsen conducting The Rape of Lucretius at Aldeburgh (Virgin Classics), Ian Bostridge recording Britten's songs with Antonio Pappano and Xuefei Yang (EMI Classics), the Takács Quartet giving masterly accounts of all three string quartets (Hyperion), to name just a few.

But there is one more surprise left in Britten Year. The ever-enterprising NMC Records with Sir Mark Elder and his Hallé orchestra have just released an album of Britten's incidental music for radio and theatre called 'Britten To America'. Featuring soloists Mary Carewe, Jean Rigby and Andrew Kennedy, alongside narration from Samuel West, this album features music that will surprise even the most ardent Britten devotee, as Sir Mark explains to James Jolly in the following exclusive video interview: