Britten - Before Life and After | Harmonia Mundi HMU907443

Britten - Before Life and After

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMU907443

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 29th June 2009



It was on returning from a tour of the German concentration camps with Yehudi Menuhin, in 1945, that Benjamin Britten finally realised his long-cherished project of setting to music the spiritual sonnets of John Donne (1572-1631). He succeeded admirably in conveying their skilful blend of passion and intellectual rigour.

Mark Padmore was born in London and grew up in Canterbury. After beginning his musical studies on the clarinet, he gained a choral scholarship to King's College, Cambridge and graduated with an honours degree in music. He has established a flourishing career in opera, concert and recital. His disc of Handel arias, 'As Steals the Morn' with The English Concert and Andrew Manze, won the BBC Music Magazine Vocal Award in April 2008.

Sunday Times Classical CD of the Week, 5th July
“today’s outstanding interpreter of the repertoire Britten
wrote for his musical and life partner, Peter Pears”
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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