Les Illuminations
Britten


Scottish Ensemble
Leader: Jonathan Morton

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" The evening's big innovation was a performance of Les illuminations, Britten's settings of poetry by Rimbaud, with specially commissioned visuals by video artist Netia Jones. There was something about the combination of Jones's glistening imagery, Britten's vivid music and Rimbaud's strange, proto-surrealist poetry that really worked... her ghostly figures and sinister fairground carousels seemed entirely in-keeping with the song cycle's decadent beauty. The intense, sharply-defined playing from the Scottish Ensemble musicians only added to the spinetingling vision of the work."

The Scotsman





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