Hassan: The Golden Road to Samarkand

Joseph Tawadros: Constellation
Three Stages of Hindsight (world premiere)
Frederick Delius: Hassan (complete incidental music)

Britten Sinfonia
Britten Sinfonia Voices
Jaime Phillips, conductor
Joseph Tawadros, oud

Middle Eastern music of heart-wrenching beauty and hypnotic energy meets the western imagination of sensuality and drama along the ancient Silk Road.
Hassan is an unlikely hero – an unattractive Baghdad sweet merchant who is comically rebuffed by his would-be love. But the mood changes when he is accidentally taken into the court of the city’s all-powerful ruler, whose shocking brutality and corruption sickens him. Written 100 years ago, Delius’s richly evocative incidental music to James Elroy Flecker’s play is very rarely performed – experience it here in a compelling adaptation for narrator and orchestra.