Britten - Violin Concerto, Double Concerto, Lachrymae | Hyperion CDA67801

Britten - Violin Concerto, Double Concerto, Lachrymae

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA67801

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 30th January 2012

Contents

Artists

Anthony Marwood (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Ilan Volkov

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Double Concerto for Violin and Viola
Lachrymae, op.48 (version for viola and strings)
Violin Concerto in D minor, op.15

Artists

Anthony Marwood (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Ilan Volkov

About

Long recognized as an outstanding chamber musician, Anthony Marwood has more recently been making waves as a concerto soloist, with two contributions to the Romantic Violin Concerto series and now a disc of Britten with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Ilan Volkov.

The youthful Violin Concerto, with its mix of anguished lyricism and changeability of mood, nods to both Berg (whose own Violin Concerto had made a profound impression on Britten) and Prokofiev, but the result is entirely personal.

The still earlier Double Concerto, for violin and viola, is impressive above all for its precocious confidence. Written when Britten was just eighteen and still a student at the Royal College of Music, it had to wait sixty-five years before receiving its belated premiere in 1997 at the 50th Aldeburgh Festival. Anthony Marwood is joined by star violist Lawrence Power.

The viola was Britten’s own instrument and his Lachrymae, inspired by a Dowland song, brings us to the other end of his career, for though it was composed in 1950, it wasn’t orchestrated until 1976, the year of his death.
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