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NM 0140

Benjamin Britten: Unknown Britten

The Classical Shop
release date: November 2009

Originally recorded in 2009

Artists:

Northern Sinfonia


Thomas Zehetmair


Michael Collins

clarinet

Peter Francomb

horn

Chris Griffiths

horn

Michael Thompson

horn

Richard Watkins

horn

Rolf Hind

piano

Sandrine Piau

soprano

Producer:

Colin Matthews


David Lefeber


David Lefeber

(Les Illuminations)

Engineer:

David Lefeber



Record Label
NMC

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Vocal & Song

Total Time - 77:21
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

 

Les Illuminations, Op.18 (1939)

 
  for high voice and string orchestra  
1 I Fanfare 2:12
2 II Villes 2:31
3 IIIA Phrase 1:09
4 IIIB Antique 2:03
5 IV Royauté 1:37
6 V Marine 1:01
7 VI Interlude 2:34
8 VII Being Beauteous 4:07
9 VIII Parade 2:42
10 IX Départ 3:07
11 Phrase 0:52
12 Aube 4:59
13 À une raison 2:36
   
 Sandrine Piau soprano
 Thomas Zehetmair
 

Rondo Concertante (1930)

 
  for piano and strings  
14 I Allegro molto 5:36
15 II Lento 9:22
 Rolf Hind piano
 Thomas Zehetmair
 

In memoriam Dennis Brain (c1958)

 
  for 4 horns and strings  
16 Introduction 1:40
17 Allegro 2:13
 Michael Thompson horn
 Richard Watkins horn
 Peter Francomb horn
 Chris Griffiths horn
 Thomas Zehetmair
18 

United Fragment (1930)

2:44
  for strings  
 Thomas Zehetmair
 

Variations (1965)

 
  for piano solo  
19 I Like an improvisation 1:13
20 II 1:18
21 III Quick and light 0:48
22 IV 0:59
23 V Quietly 1:17
24 VI Quick 0:51
 Rolf Hind piano
 

Movements for a Clarinet Concerto (c9142)

 
  for clarinet and strings  
25 I 5:32
26 II 7:15
27 III 5:03
 Michael Collins clarinet
 Thomas Zehetmair
   
Unknown Britten – Sandrine Piau, Michael Collins, Rolf Hind, Northern Sinfonia, Thomas Zehetmair

This CD features eight world premiere recordings: Les Illuminations with three additional songs originally intended as part of Britten’s sequence; In memoriam Dennis Brain; Rondo Concertante (for piano and strings); Untitled Fragment (for strings); Variations (for solo piano), and the completion of Movements for a Clarinet Concerto. It features the soprano Sandrine Piau, clarinettist Michael Collins, and pianist Rolf Hind, with the Northern Sinfonia conducted by its music director, Thomas Zehetmair.

This recording is supported by the Britten-Pears Foundation and was a Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ and ‘CD of the Month’ (Awards Issue, 2009).

‘A superb performance of the composer’s song cycle Les Illuminations sung by the French soprano Sandrine Piau… without doubt this recording goes straight up there with the very finest soprano versions on disc.’

Presto

‘With fine recording quality, excellent presentation and persuasive performances, this is a notable issue.’

Classical Source

‘A Fascinating disc [with] lots of little insights into Britten’s musical world’

The Guardian

‘A rich array of unknown items… well worth hearing’

The Sunday Times

 "... a fascinating disc, highly recommended for Piau’s performances of Illuninations and the new additional songs, for the Rondo Concertante, and for the clarinet concerto."

Lynn René Bayley - Fanfare - November/December 2014




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