Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert, Ben Johnson and Tom Primrose
Music by Poulenc and Britten, live from the Sage Gateshead
Tenor Ben Johnson and pianist Tom Primrose kick off this week’s series of Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts from two of the current crop of New Generation Artists, live from The Sage Gateshead. Today’s broadcast includes one of Poulenc’s greatest song cycles, Tel jour, telle nuit, setting text from French surrealist poet Paul Eluard. The programme also includes songs from Chinese poems by Albert Roussel and Arthur Oldham, alongside Benjamin Britten’s setting of Thomas Hardy’s Winter Words. Be sure to catch lunchtime recitals from pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, violinist Alexandra Soumm, and the Escher Quartet with music from Bach, Gershwin and Mendelssohn as the week progresses.