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BRITTEN, B.: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge / Lachrymae / Elegy for Strings / Simple Symphony / 2 Portraits (Camerata Nordica, Tønnesen)

BRITTEN, B.: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge / Lachrymae / Elegy for Strings / Simple Symphony / 2 Portraits (Camerata Nordica, Tønnesen)

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release date: April 2014

Originally recorded in 2013

Artists:

Camerata Nordica

Orchestra

Terje Tonnesen

Conductor

Camerata Nordica

Orchestra

Catherine Bullock

Soloist

Venue:

Algutsrum kyrka, Sweden

Venue

Oppmanna kyrka, Sweden

Venue

Record Label
BIS

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 78:30
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BRITTEN, B.: Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge / Lachrymae / Elegy for Strings / Simple Symphony / 2 Portraits (Camerata Nordica, Tønnesen)

     
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

     
 

Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op. 10

 
1 Introduction and Theme 01:59
2 Variation 1: Adagio 02:21
3 Variation 2: March 01:02
4 Variation 3: Romance 01:24
5 Variation 4: Aria Italiana 01:22
6 Variation 5: Bouree Classique 01:12
7 Variation 6: Wiener Waltzer 02:52
8 Variation 7: Moto Perpetuo 01:05
9 Variation 8: Funeral March 04:01
10 Variation 9: Chant 01:38
11 Variation 10: Fugue and Finale 07:19
 Camerata Nordica Orchestra
     
 

Simple Symphony, Op. 4

 
12 I. Boisterous Bouree 02:45
13 II. Playful Pizzicato 03:30
14 III. Sentimental Sarabande 07:53
15 IV. Frolicsome Finale 02:53
 Camerata Nordica Orchestra
     
16 

Lachrymae, Op. 48a

14:03
 Catherine Bullock Soloist
     
 

2 Portraits

 
17 No. 1. David Layton: Poco presto 07:53
18 No. 2. E.B.B.: Poco lento 05:34
 Catherine Bullock Soloist
     
19 

Elegy for Strings

07:44
 Camerata Nordica Orchestra
     
 Terje Tonnesen Conductor


Composing is like driving down a foggy road toward a house’, Benjamin Britten once said: ‘Slowly you see more details of the house – the colour of the slates and bricks, the shape of the windows.’ The comparison is interesting, not least because certain defining qualities of Britten’s music – brilliance and wit, clarity and luminosity – might easily be taken to be the results of a more direct and intuitive creational process. It is also slightly surprising, coming from a composer who had been strikingly precocious in his youth – the apparent ease with which Britten as a young boy wrote a large amount of music brings Mendelssohn or Mozart to mind. This collection of works for string orchestra combines two of Britten’s first master-pieces, Simple Symphony and the Frank Bridge Variations, with the even earlier Elegy for Strings – recorded here for the first time – and Two Portraits, composed between the ages of 14-16. The second of the Portraits is actually a self-portrait, with a solo part for the viola – Britten’s own instrument – here performed by Catherine Bullock, who is also the soloist in the composer’s Lachrymae. Subtitled ‘reflections on a song of John Dowland’, this piece is a later one, originally composed for viola and piano in 1950, but Britten returned to it shortly before his death in 1976, recasting it for solo viola and small string orchestra. Directed by the Norwegian violinist Terje Tønnesen, the Swedish string ensemble Camerata Nordica performs this programme with an engaging directness and striking virtuosity – qualities which no doubt contributed to the team being entrusted by the Britten-Pears Foundation with making the world première recording of the Elegy, as well as giving its first public performance during the 2013 BBC Proms.

                            ****  (Excellent album)       ***(Good Sound)

Xavier de Gaulie - Classica magazine (France) - July/August 2014




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