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Work: The Sea

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ComposerBridge, Frank (1879-1941)
Period20th century
Work typeOrchestral
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ClevelandShadows, Seas and Sorcerers

Prokofiev, Bridge, Dukas
The Cleveland Orchestra; Franz Welser-Möst
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Britten and Bridge with the Philharmonia in Norwich

The fourteen-year-old Benjamin Britten was already a prolific young composer, albeit without any formal training, when he heard Frank Bridge’s The Sea at the 1927 Norfolk and Norwich Triennial Festival. Hearing this performance and also meeting Bridge (who later became his composition teacher) were seminal events in the youngster’s life.
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Springtime and the sea with Edward Gardner and the CBSO

The sea has been the inspiration for many concert works; Debussy’s La mer springs to mind immediately as perhaps the most popular, but in England during the first half of the 20th century nautical themes sustained an important presence. Amongst Delius’ Sea Drift, Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes sits Frank Bridge’s short and splendid suite The Sea.
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John Storgårds conducts the BBCSO with Truls Mørk

A very interestingly programmed concert, this. Two Finnish and two English composers, all represented with pieces that to a greater or lesser extent are programmatic. First we heard Delius' "Walk to the Paradise Garden" from his opera A Village Romeo and Juliet (here arranged by David Lloyd-Jones).
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