Britten - Complete Songs Vol.1 | Onyx ONYX4071

Britten - Complete Songs Vol.1

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Label: Onyx

Cat No: ONYX4071

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 3rd May 2011

Contents

Artists

Caryl Hughes
Andrew Tortise
James Greer
Ben Johnson
Katherine Broderick
Nicky Spence
Robin Tritschler
Philip Smith
Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Works

Britten, Benjamin

A dirge
Beware!
Cabaret Songs (4)
Canticle I: My beloved is mine, op.40
Fish in the unruffled lakes
» no.1 To lie flat on the back with knees flexed
» no.2 Night covers up the rigid land
Holderlin Fragments (6), op.61
Lilian
Lucy
Prithee
The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, op.35
The joy of grief
The poet's echo, op.76
Tit for Tat
Um Mitternacht
Virtue in deeds, not words
Winter Words, op.52

Artists

Caryl Hughes
Andrew Tortise
James Greer
Ben Johnson
Katherine Broderick
Nicky Spence
Robin Tritschler
Philip Smith
Malcolm Martineau (piano)

About

Benjamin Britten was a prolific composer of songs throughout his creative life, producing over 100 settings for voice and piano, in addition to the works for voice and orchestra. His songs for voice and piano – of which this is the first in a two-volume 4CD cycle - contain settings by poets as diverse as Michelangelo, Hölderlin, Hardy, Pushkin, Auden and Soutar.

The earliest songs date from 1922, when Britten was just nine years old – ‘Beware!’ and two other songs from this period were reassessed by the composer in 1968, but not published until 1985. These rarities display little of the mature composer’s style, but they are confident and charming settings. The touching ‘Lilian’ and ‘The Joy of Grief’ are also early songs and receive their premiere recordings here. Mature Britten is represented by the Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Winter Words and the 1965 cycle The Poet’s Echo.

This survey of all Britten’s songs for voice and piano is a major project, and Malcolm Martineau has assembled some of the finest young singers of our time for this fascinating journey through repertoire that spans the period 1922–1971.

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