Poetry and music are forever addressing issues of life and death. When the two art forms are brought together in that pursuit, the results can be doubly, deeply revealing and affecting. Such is the case with Benjamin Britten's Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, an extraordinarily subtle reflection on mortality.
The work's exquisite imagery and arresting sounds enveloped Meyerhoff Symphony Hall on Thursday afternoon. The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's repeat performance this morning should be well worth catching. (You'll get even more out of it if you can bring a copy of the poems that Britten chose for this piece. In a serious omission, no texts were provided for Thursday's tiny, but highly appreciative, audience.)