Britten - Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings, Lachrymae, Young Apollo
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Cat No: CKD478
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 22nd April 2016
WorksLachrymae, op.48 (version for viola and strings)
Prelude and Fugue, op.29
Serenade for tenor, horn and strings, op.31
Young Apollo, op.16
ArtistsRichard Watkins (horn)
Allan Clayton (tenor)
Mate Szucs (viola)
Lorenzo Soules (piano)
The recording opens with Young Apollo, a radiant, expressive, characterful and dramatic work, featuring pianist Lorenzo Soulès. The Lachrymae subtitled ‘reflections on a song of Dowland’ explores the viola’s intensely mellow sonorities; Máté Szücs (Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra) is the soloist.
The Prelude and Fugue finds Britten indulging in the exuberant technical wizardry of his youthful period whilst recalling Bach’s sophisticated contrapuntal textures. To close, one of the great masterpieces of Britten's canon: the Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings. The award-winning tenor Allan Clayton and horn player Richard Watkins are the soloists, the latter reprising his role 30 years after first performing it with Peter Pears.
The Aldeburgh Strings ensemble is a product of the Britten–Pears Young Artist Programme, founded over forty years ago by Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears, in order to provide high-level performance training for the world’s best emerging professional musicians. Tutors are drawn from some of the world’s finest orchestras, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Philharmonia and Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and direct the ensemble sections from within, in an inspiring dual role of mentor and performer.
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