James Wood: Baron Britain of Aldeburgh, 19 December 2013
Show More Benjamin Britten: A Life in the 20th Century by Paul Kildea.
Allen Lane, 635 pp., £30, January 2013, 978 1 84614 232 1Show More
Benjamin Britten: A Life for Music by Neil Powell.
Hutchinson, 512 pp., £25, January 2013, 978 0 09 193123 0Show More
“... is sung as the cast processes out of the church); a homespun cacophony.Two biographies, by Paul Kildea and Neil Powell, intelligently appraise this official and unofficial Britten, and are rich with contradiction. Britten was quietly radical and quietly conservative. He was a joiner and a separatist: he lived most of his life in Suffolk, well away ...”