Britten - Violin Concerto, Double Concerto, Lachrymae
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Cat No: CDA67801
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 30th January 2012
WorksDouble Concerto for Violin and Viola
Lachrymae, op.48 (version for viola and strings)
Violin Concerto in D minor, op.15
ArtistsAnthony Marwood (violin)
Lawrence Power (viola)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
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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