Monday, 23 June 2014

The Curious Case of Benjamin Britten: the untold story of Glyndebourne

Glyndebourne: the untold history (BBC4, and on demand this week)
Last night, the BBC broadcast 'Glyndebourne: the untold history'. A friend who (rather obviously) has a TV held a small viewing. We celebrated with foods which would not easily transport to a picnic and my contribution was some cooking wine and a strawberry pavolva with redcurrant sauce. Three of us ate this. 

What was really curious was that Benjamin Britten didn't feature at all. Much of the material was recycled from the intermission material from the relay of Der Rosenkavalier. I thought the programme rather good, and following a specific production (Der Rosenkavalier) was a nice way to pull things together. I would have enjoyed more on the history. I was not persuaded that Glyndebourne was as influential in terms of operatic culture in Britain as the programme claimed, however.
Now on demand.

As a special treat, Der Rosenkavalier is available, on demand, for three months via BBC Arts

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