Britten - Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Tit for Tat, Folksongs | Naxos 8572600

Britten - Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Tit for Tat, Folksongs

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8572600

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th April 2012

Contents

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Folksong arrangements Vol.1 (7) 'British Isles'
» no.1 The Salley Gardens
» no.2 Little Sir William
» no.6 The Ash Grove
» no.7 Oliver Cromwell
Folksong arrangements Vol.3 'British Isles'
» no.1 The plough boy
» no.2 There's none to soothe
» no.5 The foggy, foggy dew
» no.6 O waly, waly
Folksong arrangements Vol.5 'British Isles'
» no.5 Ca' the yowes
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, op.74
Tit for Tat
Tom Bowling

Artists

Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)

Works

Britten, Benjamin

Folksong arrangements Vol.1 (7) 'British Isles'
» no.1 The Salley Gardens
» no.2 Little Sir William
» no.6 The Ash Grove
» no.7 Oliver Cromwell
Folksong arrangements Vol.3 'British Isles'
» no.1 The plough boy
» no.2 There's none to soothe
» no.5 The foggy, foggy dew
» no.6 O waly, waly
Folksong arrangements Vol.5 'British Isles'
» no.5 Ca' the yowes
Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, op.74
Tit for Tat
Tom Bowling

Artists

Roderick Williams (baritone)
Iain Burnside (piano)

About

Britten wrote his Songs and Proverbs of William Blake, Op.74 for the German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau in 1965. The singer admired the ‘concentration and enigmatic smile’ of the settings, and Britten constructed, through alternation of proverbs with songs, and an intense contemplation on the human and the eternal, one of his greatest song cycles.

By contrast, Tit for Tat sees Britten revisiting youthful, light-spirited settings of the poet Walter de la Mare. The folk-song arrangements are amongst his most famous, and beloved.

The baritone Roderick Williams encompasses a wide repertoire, from baroque to contemporary music, in the opera house, on the concert platform and in recital. His recital appearances have taken him to London’s Wigmore Hall and many European festivals. He has an extensive discography and his recordings of English song with Iain Burnside have received particular acclaim.
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