Britten - Works for Voice & String Orchestra | Channel Classics CCSSA32213

Britten - Works for Voice & String Orchestra


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Label: Channel Classics

Cat No: CCSSA32213

Barcode: 0723385322139

Format: Hybrid SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 25th February 2013



Barbara Hannigan (soprano)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Jasper de Waal (horn)
Amsterdam Sinfonietta


Britten, Benjamin

Les Illuminations, op.18
Now sleeps the crimson petal
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op.31
Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, op.10


Barbara Hannigan (soprano)
James Gilchrist (tenor)
Jasper de Waal (horn)
Amsterdam Sinfonietta


In 2013 it is exactly one hundred years ago that the English genius Benjamin Britten was born. Britten’s brilliant manner of writing for string orchestra, his unique treatment of text, and his rich repertory of musical colours are all abundantly clear from the masterpieces featured on this recording.

Besides the excellent soprano Barbara Hannigan, who sparkles in ‘Les Illuminations’, tenor James Gilchrist and horn player Jasper de Waal deliver an impressive contribution to this production with Amsterdam Sinfonietta.

The orchestra itself indulges in all imaginable techniques, colours and dynamic extremes that Britten releases from his box of tricks for string orchestra. Amsterdam Sinfonietta is an ensemble of 22 gifted musicians from around the world. The group performs without conductor, under the direction of Candida Thompson, artistic director since 2003. The ensemble’s defining feature is the strong involvement and artistic drive of each individual member. The group has gained a reputation for its distinguished performances and innovative programming.


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