Nocturnal Dreams and Fantasies in a Poetic Setting

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Beyond the night, beyond time. © Charles Thibo

The British tenor Ian Bostridge in Luxembourg – that sounded promising! I greatly admire his book on Franz Schubert’s “Winter Journey” and his recording of the song cycle together with Leif Ove Andsnes. He came to Luxembourg a few weeks ago to present Benjamin Britten’s “Nocturne” Op. 60, a collection of English poems set to music by the composer in 1958. The lyrical assortment moves from Shelley, Tennyson and Coleridge to Middleton, Wordsworth, Owen, Keats and finally Shakespeare. All poems gravitate around nocturnal themes: dreaming, sleep, mortality, moonlight, solitude, eery sounds, light and shadow.

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