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ON 4079

Britten: Songs, Volume II

The Classical Shop
release date: January 2012

Originally recorded in 2010

Artists:

Benedict Nelson

baritone

Jennifer Johnston

mezzo-soprano

Malcolm Martineau

piano

Elizabeth Atherton

soprano

Benjamin Hulett

tenor

Nicky Spence

tenor

Robin Tritschler

tenor

Allan Clayton

tenor

Venue:

Britten Studio, Hoffmann Building, Snape Maltings, Suffolk



Producer:

Mark Brown


Dan Whitfield

(Executive for Aldeburgh Music)

Matthew Cosgrove

(Executive for Onyx)

Engineer:

Julian Millard



Record Label
Onyx

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Piano

Total Time - 134:30
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BENJAMIN BRITTEN

(1913-1976)
   
 

Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo

17:44  
1 Sonetto XVI 2:04
2 Sonetto XXXI 1:41
3 Sonetto XXX 4:07
4 Sonetto LV 1:57
5 Sonetto XXXVIII 1:50
6 Sonetto XXXII 1:22
7 Sonetto XXIV 4:39
   
8 

The Second Lute Song of the Earl of Essex

4:31
   
9 

Chamber Music (V)

1:19
 Allan Clayton tenor
 

A Charm of Lullabies

11:57  
10 A cradle song 2:16
11 The Highland Balou 2:01
12 Sephestia's Lullaby 1:55
13 A Charm 1:37
14 The Nurse's Song 4:06
   
15 

The Birds

1:52
 Jennifer Johnston mezzo-soprano
 

Two Songs by Thomas Hardy

5:44  
16 If it's ever spring again 2:39
17 The Children and Sir Nameless 3:05
 Robin Tritschler tenor
 

Three Soutar Settings

3:34  
18 Dawtie's Devotion 1:26
19 The Gully 1:04
20 Tradition 1:03
   
21 

Of a' the airts the wind can blaw

1:06
   
 

Who are these Children?

19:36  
22 Q Riddle (the earth) 1:15
23 A Laddie's Song 0:57
24 Nightmare 2:31
25 Black Day 0:37
26 Bed-time 1:07
27 Slaughter 1:34
28 Riddle (the child you were) 0:45
29 The Larky Lad 0:34
30 Who are these Children? 2:31
31 Supper 1:34
32 The Children 4:20
33 The Auld Aik 1:45
 Nicky Spence tenor
 

The Red Cockatoo and other songs

14:48  
34 A Poison Tree 2:42
35 When you're feeling 0:49
36 Not even summer yet 1:47
37 The red cockatoo 0:42
38 Wild with passion 2:27
39 If thou wilt ease thine heart 1:50
40 Cradle Song 3:05
41 Birthday Song for Ewan 1:23
   
  from 'Fish in the unruffled lakes' 4:22      
42 The sun shines down 2:11
43 What's in your mind? 2:10
 Benjamin Hulett tenor
44 

Song

1:00
   
 

from 'Fish in the unfruffled lakes'

4:34  
45 Fish in the unruffled lakes 2:48
46 Underneath the abject willow 1:45
 Robin Tritschler tenor
47 

O why did e'er my thoughts aspire

1:34
   
 

Songs and Proverbs of William Blake

25:31  
48 Proverb I 1:09
49 London 2:31
50 Proverb II 0:32
51 The Chimney-sweeper 2:17
52 Proverb III 0:44
53 A Poison Tree 4:33
54 Proverb IV 0:47
55 The Tyger 1:53
56 Proverb V 0:54
57 The Fly 1:52
58 Proverb VI 1:27
59 Ah, Sun-flower 3:06
60 Proverb VII 0:59
61 Every Night and every Morn 2:40
 Benedict Nelson baritone
62 

Dans les bois

1:46
   
 

On this Island

14:01  
63 Let the florid music praise! 3:38
64 Now the leaves are falling fast 2:01
65 Seascape 2:25
66 Nocturne 4:11
67 As it is, plenty 1:42
 Elizabeth Atherton soprano
   
 Malcolm Martineau piano
  14-17 January and 30-31 October 2010  


Britten was a prolific composer of songs: from his earliest compositions to his last years, song played a central role in his creative career. These albums contain the complete original songs for solo voice and piano, including world premiere recordings of some of his earliest songs, together with some of his great cycles – the works spanning nearly 50 years of his life. The recording follows Britten-Pears Young Artist performances of the Britten song cycles at the 2009 Aldeburgh Festival.
 

   ****

Roberto Brusotti - Musica magazine - March 2012


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