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AV 2258

Britten - Still Falls The Rain

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2012

Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Sivan Magen

harp

Jennifer Montone

horn

Alan Cumming

narrator

Myra Huang

piano

Nicholas Phan

tenor

Producer:

Marlan Barry



Engineer:

Marlan Barry



Record Label
Avie Records

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Chamber

Total Time - 72:53
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

   
 

The Heart of the Matter

 
1 Prologue - Fanfare: Where are the seeds of the Universal Fire 2:57
2 Reading: The earth of my heart was broken and gaped low... 0:42
3 Fanfare 0:28
4 Reading: In the hour when the sapphire of the bone... 0:45
5 Song: We are the darkness in the heat of the day 1:36
6 Reading: In such a heat of the earth 2:35
7 Canticle III: Still falls the Rain Op.55 11:10
8 Reading: I see Christ's wounds weep in the Rose on the wall 1:57
9 Epilogue - Fanfare: So, out of the dark... 2:55
   
10 

A Birthday Hansel Op.62

16:20
   
11 

Canticle V: The Death of Saint Narcissus Op.89

7:55
   
  Folksong arrangements for tenor and harp  
12 

Lord! I married me a wife

1:18
13 

She's like the swallow

2:29
14 

Lemady

1:32
15 

Bonny at morn

3:07
16 

Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn

2:54
17 

Dafydd y Garreg Wen

3:24
18 

The False Knight upon the Road

3:20
19 

Bird Scarer's Song

0:51
   
  Folksong arrangements for tenor and piano  
20 

Greensleeves

2:18
21 

The Holly and the Ivy

2:20
   


Winter Words, last year’s solo debut album by American tenor Nicholas Phan, was one of the most lauded releases of the year. Phan (pronounced pahn) follows up with Still Falls the Rain, another intelligently devised album of Britten’s songs, this time focusing on works inspired by the composer’s key collaborators including horn player Dennis Brain, harpist Osian Ellis and poet Edith Sitwell. As with Winter Words (AV 2238), Phan successfully intersperses great song cycles with popular folk song arrangements. The rarely recorded The Heart of the Matter includes the narration of Sitwell’s poems by Scottish actor Alan Cumming.
 

 "...The recorded sound ... is exemplary. Very warmly recommended."

Nigel Simeone - International Record Review - March 2013


            ’Supersonic Pizzicato’
 
Remy Franck - Pizzicato magazine - January 2013

            Performance ****      Recording ****

"...The tenor turns in  a first-class performance, and pianist Myra Huang lends the songs personality throughout. More please!"

David Nice - BBC Music magazine - January 2012


 "...Phan sings with a fine mixture of poetry and strength, matched by horn soloist Jennifer Montone and pianist Myra Huang ... an attractive Britten release from across the Atlantic"

Richard Fairman - Gramophone magazine - Christmas Special edition - December 2012




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