Music: Rather Enthusiastic

In the past three years, Manhattan concert-and operagoers have heard plenty of English Composer Benjamin Britten's music (Peter Grimes, The Rape of Lucretia). This week, a Town Hall audience turned out to hear some Britten music played by the composer himself. As accompanist for English Tenor Peter Pears, who created the leading roles in all of Britten's major operas, "Benjy" proved himself as astute on the platform at the piano as he is in his parlor with a pen. When the nicely varied and nicely performed program of original Brittens, Britten-arranged Purcell and...

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