Renowned British tenor Mark Padmore interprets the work of Britten, one of the best poets par excellence and author of ‘Illuminations’, ‘The War Requiem’ or ‘The Nocturn’. It does so with the Camera Musicae Symphony Orchestra, which fights for the dissemination of classical music in young sectors throughout Spain and even in cities in Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
A lifetime dedicated to art
For me, music is like a language with which I can communicate, it makes me more eloquent ”
Mark Padmore, trained at London King’s College, has performed three cycles of Schubert songs in Amsterdam, London, Liverpool, Paris, Tokyo, Vienna and New York. The tenor has forged an international career in opera, concert and recital and his appearances in the Passions of Bach have acquired special relevance, especially in his prestigious performances as Evangelist in the passions of San Mateo and San Juan with the Philharmonic orchestra of Berlin and Simon Rattle “For me, music is like a language with which I can communicate, it makes me more eloquent.” It is the first time he has collaborated with the Camera Musicae Symphony Orchestra and he is very excited; “They are very hardworking people and accept any kind of proposals, it’s nice to work with them.”
Meaning and form
Britten is interested in the conflict, focuses on the sense of good and evil ”
The tenor is specialized in serenades of this author: “Britten is very interesting, not only for the quality of his poetry, but for the themes he chooses. There is a deep search for feelings in his texts, in the way he writes, he focuses on the sense of good and evil. ”
In the first part, Padmore will delight us with the Serenade for tenor, horn and orchestra of Britten, in which he sings six poems of the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries that deal with the night and the feeling of peace that can be transmitted by the dream. Sensations that fit perfectly with the musical form of the Serenade, which has its origin in a calm piece, ‘serena’, which is played at night. Padmore explains that it is difficult to put himself in the role of what one sings, “you have to think hard and get into the text, get inside the music. For this it is essential to have a cultural life that fits what you do. “I try to go to museums, watch movies, go to the theater … because all these things help you have something to say.”
It is essential to have a cultural life that fits what you do. “I try to go to museums, watch movies, go to the theater … because all these things help you have something to say.”
“Britten wrote fantastic pieces for singers and orchestras like‘ Illuminations ’, and‘ The nocturn ’, pieces that are very worthwhile and at the camera level he also wrote extraordinary cycles for piano, guitar and three important semi quartets,” Padmore explains.
Now the tenor is getting to know the life behind the curtain because he has organized the Festival in Cornwall. “In addition, my wife is a theater designer and this helps me to empathize with her side of work (the‘ backstage ’) is important to me, since it creates a relationship between what the composers express and what the public understands.”